College Student Paid Internship

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Aug 20, 2022
Part Time Internship
  • Salary: $15.75 - $19.15 Hourly USD

Job Description

About the Opportunity

Are you a college student looking to gain valuable paid internship experience in your field of study? If so, apply now!

A College Student Internship with Stanislaus County can offer a unique, hands-on experience that can complement classroom knowledge and serve as a foundation to launch a successful public service career. Participants can gain real work experience by being responsible for projects in their area of interest while positively impacting the community and residents of the County.


With more than 558,000 residents, Stanislaus County is a bustling county rich in diversity and a strong sense of community. As one of the largest employers in the area, over 4,700 employees in more than 27 departments providing vital public services as diverse as law enforcement, property assessment, public health protection, water conservation, cultural activities and many more.

College Student Interns assist professional and technical employees in the performance of their duties under close supervision. The College Student Internship is designed to provide on-the-job training and experience while participants obtain their degree. We will help you to gain experience in building employment skills and establishing a professional network while continuing your education. Student Interns can be used throughout the calendar year depending on the needs of the department.

Part-time extra-help is a provisional classification where permanent status may not be obtained. This position is subject to overtime, standby, shift, and callback assignments and will perform related duties as assigned. This position is non-benefited except for participation in a 401a program.

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under the "Disability" tab.
Typical Tasks
The College Student Intern's specific tasks vary depending on the Agency/Department to which they are assigned. Below are examples of the typical tasks you may be assigned, but is not to be considered all-inclusive:

For positions with a clerical emphasis
  • Operate office machines, such as photocopiers and scanners, facsimile machines, voice mail systems, and personal computers;
  • Answer telephones, direct calls, and take messages;
  • Communicate with customers, employees, and other individuals to answer questions, disseminate or explain information, take orders, and address complaints;
  • Maintain and update filing, inventory, mailing, and database systems, either manually or using a computer;
  • Compile, copy, sort, and file records of office activities, business transactions, and other activities;
  • Review files, records, and other documents to obtain information to respond to requests;
  • Open, sort, and route incoming mail, answer correspondence, and prepare outgoing mail;
  • Compute, record, and proofread data and other information, such as records or reports;
  • Complete work schedules, manage calendars, and arrange appointments;
  • Type, format, proofread, and edit correspondence and other documents, from notes or dictating machines, using technology;
  • Inventory and order materials, supplies, and services;
  • Deliver messages and run errands;
  • Collect, count, and disburse money, do basic bookkeeping, and complete banking transactions;
  • Complete and mail bills, contracts, policies, invoices, or checks;
  • Process and prepare documents, such as business or government forms and expense reports;
  • Prepare meeting agendas, attend meetings, and record and transcribe minutes;
  • Train other staff members to perform work activities, such as using computer applications;
  • Count, weigh, measure, or organize materials;
  • Make travel arrangements for office personnel;
  • Troubleshoot problems involving office equipment, such as computer hardware and software;
  • Greet customers and direct them to appropriate services and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

For positions with community partner emphasis
  • Meet regularly with designated population;
  • Provide support and guidance based on life experience;
  • Act as a liaison between designated population and public entities;
  • Create, plan and carry out activities that provide information, encouragement and support;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to quality customer service by interacting with customers in a friendly and helpful manner, referring questions to appropriate staff;
  • Provide information and referrals regarding available services within the community;
  • Search and compile data necessary for the preparation of various departmental reports;
  • Participate in meetings and outreach events;
  • Work closely with internal and external partners;
  • Keep accurate records and input data into an automated computer system;
  • Complete necessary paperwork timely and accurately;
  • Deliver materials to appropriate locations; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

For positions with public information emphasis
  • Participate in meetings, outreach events and give public presentations;
  • Follow up on messages from residents or members of the media;
  • Social media, digital communication and photography;
  • Draft press releases and edit web site content;
  • Copy editing and written report preparation;
  • Participate in the development and implementation of marking and public relations plans;
  • Assist in developing, maintaining and expanding marketing channels to stake holders;
  • Assist with the preparation, set-up and take-down of public relations events; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education/Experience)
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar;
  • Administrative - knowledge of administrative and office procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, designing forms and workplace terminology; and
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Communications and Media - Knowledge of social media platforms, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.

  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations);
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong;
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways;
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense;
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions; and
  • Selective Attention - The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Currently be a junior or senior in college; AND one of the following
  • Currently be enrolled in a four-year degree program; OR
  • Be enrolled in the last semester of a two-year degree program; OR
  • Be enrolled in a graduate program; OR
  • Be enrolled in college level coursework and have special measurable technical skills.

In addition to the above:
  • Must have a letter of recommendation from an instructor at the educational institute in which you are currently enrolled; AND
  • Must have a current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Applicants must provide the following at time of submitting application to be considered:
  • Copy of full-time enrollment schedule; AND
  • Letter of recommendation from instructor at the educational institute in which you are currently enrolled; AND
  • Copy of last grade report with cumulative GPA.
Application and Selection Procedures
Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis. Stanislaus County has the right to discontinue accepting applications at any time without notice. Applicants whose qualifications best match the available work assignments may be contacted for an interview by a departmental representative.

Applications are reviewed on an "as-needed" basis as departments needs arise. After six (6) months, the application is inactivated, but you may reapply to the program. If additional information is required or your application is accepted into the program you will receive an email.

College Student Paid Interns are subject to student status verification bi-annually every August and February and are expected to participate in a competitive recruitment to continue employment with Stanislaus County once they are no longer eligible for a paid internship.

Final appointment will be conditional upon successfully passing a County paid pre-employment drug screening (if applicable for position) and a job-related background investigation.

Stanislaus County supports the good health of its workforce. More information is available at

Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.

Participates in the PARS Retirement System.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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