Internships and youth programs

Start your professional journey with us!

The internship experience

Earn while you learn. Hennepin County's internship pay starts at $21 per hour. The county offers internships year-round. Gain valuable work experience, build connections with professionals across the county, and make an impact in our community.

As an intern, you’ll receive:

  • Hands-on training for your work area
  • Professional development support
  • Access to a variety of career paths

Work areas

  • Business operations (e.g., accounting, finance, economics, human resources, and management)
  • Communications (e.g., marketing, graphic design, and political science)
  • Environment and energy (e.g., sustainability, forestry, and urban planning)
  • Health (e.g., public health, nursing, pharmacy, and health insurance)
  • Information technology (e.g., development, quality assurance, service desk, project management, and networking)
  • Social services (e.g., social work, sociology, psychology, and urban studies)
  • Public safety (e.g., law enforcement, civil and criminal law, corrections, and rehabilitation)
  • Public works (e.g., engineering, transportation planning, and road and bridge construction)

Internships through community partner programs

Summer employment programs

Youth employment programs offer skill building and training, work readiness coaching, and the opportunity to network with leaders in the public sector. For ages 14-24.

Undergraduate employment programs provide leadership and professional development training, resume-building work experience, and opportunities to grow a professional network.

Graduate Fellowship Program

Hennepin County Graduate Fellows is a yearlong internship program for graduate and doctoral students. Students can learn practical applications to supplement their educational program. The application process is now closed for 2023. Fill out the form below to provide our Emerging Talent team with your information and we’ll share information about 2024 opportunities when its available.

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Learn about the Face-To-Face program

Calling all teens! Event for high school students to learn about career paths in Hennepin County from professionals of color.  Face-To-Face connects students with professionals of color to expand their career horizons and build a more equitable future through internships, summer jobs, career counseling, training programs and more. Hennepin County staff are solving interesting and important problems for our community, and you could, too!


Apply for current internships

Hennepin County's Internships