The Student Internship Program is designed to nurture the educational and professional development of promising job candidates, which may lead to longer retention of the individual as a County employee. Student Interns will assist professional and technical employees in the performance of their duties under close supervision. Specific tasks will vary with the Agency/Department to which they are assigned for a particular work period. For the Agency as a whole, it is expected that the level of education and capabilities attained by student interns will be fully capitalized.
Although paid interns are employees of the County, there is value in referring to the positions as internships, since the recruitment target is students, and a primary driver is a desire to market the County as a potential employer to students.
Criteria and levels of expertise expected of the four levels of student interns:
||They are closely supervised and work as assistants. They are responsible for learning the Agency's or Department’s policies, procedures and methods of operation; collecting and tabulating data; and learning how to interpret such.|
||In addition to the above, Level II Student Interns should be able to evaluate information gained in accordance with established policies and procedures and assist professional staff members in ongoing project work.|
||Level III Student Interns would be able to perform all of the above and to participate in project work in an increasingly responsible role. They could also participate in team analysis of problems and in the preparation of reports under the supervision of professionals.|
||In addition to all of the above, the Level IV Student Intern, under the supervision of professionals, could assume responsibility for preliminary studies, analysis, and recommendations on systems, devices, machines, and procedures of the Agency/Department.|
The levels of Student Intern classifications are based on educational levels rather than job duties. The level of appointment is governed by a determination of the student’s standing with respect to their degree objective and not simply by numbers of units earned. Student Interns are unclassified, extra-help. Hours worked are limited to 1,040 hours per fiscal year in accordance with Merit System Rule A25-188–Substitute extra-help Appointments. These hours can be performed full-time during the summer and/or part-time during the school year, with the proposed work pattern approved by the Agency.
Student Interns who are hired to perform tasks or duties similar to classifications represented by Local 521 are categorized as Student Intern – 521.
For a Student Intern - 521, the first 30,000 hours of each fiscal year worked will be counted at half the rate toward the County’s 521 extra-help cap. After 30,000 hours have been worked, each hour will count towards the extra-help cap. For example, 20 hours worked will count as 10 hours towards the County’s extra-help cap.
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.
Obtaining a Student Intern
Two Ways to Hire a Student Intern
This short video explains how a Department can request a student intern in a few simple steps.