Student Internship Program - For Students

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The Student Internship Program is designed to nurture the educational and professional development of promising job candidates. Student Interns assist professional and technical employees in the performance of their duties under close supervision. The student intern’s specific tasks vary depending on the Agency/Department to which they are assigned. Student Interns can be used throughout the calendar year depending on the needs of the department. The levels of Student Intern classifications are based on educational levels rather than job duties. The four levels are:

Student Intern -  Level I:

  • High school students enrolled in regular high school classes
  • Those enrolled in an alternative vocational high school
  • Students working toward high school equivalency

Student Intern - Level II:

  • Freshman or Sophomore year college students
  • Community college students
  • Vocational school students who have completed high school

Student Intern - Level III:

  • Junior or Senior year college students
  • Students with a Bachelor's Degree and working on a secondary Bachelor's degree or professional certification.
  • Student Interns at this level must work in their chosen field of study

Student Intern - Level IV:

  • Professional and graduate school students
  • Students with a Master's degree or higher working on a secondary Master's Degree or higher, or professional certification.
  • Student Interns at this level must work in their chosen field of study

Student Eligibility

To qualify for the Student Intern classifications, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Have  a legal right to work in the United States
  • High school students under eighteen will require a work permit, which may be obtained through the high school counselor or the Employment Development Department (EDD)
  • Be enrolled in an accredited institution or a school licensed by a state agency or have graduated from such an institution or school within the last six months
  • Have an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 on a four-point scale
  • Submit a completed County job application for employment, official/unofficial transcript, and proof of enrollment or course schedule for the current school session
  • May be required to pass a Live Scan background check
  • May be required to pass a physical examination

Pay Structure

The Student Intern classifications are established on a five-step salary. Refer to the County of Santa Clara’s Salary Information for the most current salary information: Click here.

Applying for Student Internship

If you are interested in a future student internship, please submit an online application with your most recent transcript and class schedule attached to the appropriate student intern recruitment. To submit your application, click here

Applications are reviewed on an as-needed basis as departments submit requests. After six (6) months, the application is inactivated, but you may re-apply to the program. If additional information is required or your application is accepted, you will receive an email. If you are interested in interning with a specific department, please reach out to them directly.

For further information, contact the Student Intern Coordinator, at [email protected].

Entry-Level Career Options

Have you recently graduated and already passed the 6-month eligibility requirement of the Student Intern program?  Below is a link of entry-level jobs that you can consider for your future full-time employment.

List of Entry-Level Jobs

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