The Salt Lake County Internship Program is a great opportunity for current and recent undergraduate, graduate, and post- graduate students to gain valuable hands-on work experience, satisfy educational goals, and develop networking opportunities in their area of study. The program provides paid and unpaid
internships and offers interns firsthand knowledge of the county government organizational structure and experience in a public sector environment.
Apply for internships posted on our
job board. The posting will be labeled as "Internship" under the Position Type. If there is not an internship listed for the agency you are interested in working for, please contact the
agency internship coordinator
“Seeking internship placement with J.L. Sorenson Recreation Center and Salt Lake County has proven to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. Over the duration of two separate internships, I was given the opportunity to work approximately 20 different programs and events, in a variety of capacities, including leadership and supervisory roles. Program coordinators and supervisors at this facility were willing to reward me with an increase in responsibility and opportunity as I demonstrated competence, commitment, reliability, and a willingness to learn. They were also eager to teach me, answer my questions, and facilitate my learning and growth however they could, which was very important to me as a student. As a result, I have experienced substantial learning, growth and opportunity while making the transition from student to professional. I would highly recommend an internship with J.L. Sorenson Recreation Center and Salt Lake County to any ambitious parks, recreation, and tourism students.”
“My internship with Salt Lake County as a Special Projects Intern in the Township Office introduced me to the professional world and presented my city in an entirely different light. The township team aided my growth through meeting collaborations, providing creative outlets, encouraging me to take part in county events, and exposing me to community projects. My supervisor and officemates helped me learn SLCO’s process and procedures, while educating me on the townships within the city. I finished my internship with an array of new skills under my belt and an experience that will help me with my career in the future.”
During my internship Patrick Reimherr, Senior Advisor and Government Relations Director, showed a great deal of trust in me. He allowed me to work with SLCo senior staff, Utah legislators, and prominent business leaders on a regular basis. I was tasked with supervising the tracking of important bills, coordinating our weekly legislative meetings, and drafting talking points for bill hearings that Patrick would testify at. I was given the opportunity to personally petition Utah senators and representatives for their support of key SLCo bills, and worked with lobbyists to ensure that the bills would be pass into law. I am most proud of being able to assist with the passing of H.B.436: Housing and Homeless Reform Initiative. This bill will restructure the Utah homeless services system to ensure that the most vulnerable in our state are protected from poverty, crime, and corruption. If you want an internship that exposes you to the greatest and most talented minds in the state, gives you opportunities to grow, builds your network, and prepares you for your future goals, I highly recommend becoming a legislative intern for the Salt Lake County Mayor's Office. I want to thank Mayor McAdams, Patrick Reimherr, Kara Trevino, Shaleane Gee, and many others who made this internship the highlight of my undergraduate education.
"My time spent as a Community Health Intern at the Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCHD) solidified my decision to pursue a career in public health. This internship fulfilled the practicum requirements for my Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Utah. Furthermore, it was an ideal culminating experience for my graduate degree; I had to draw upon the principles taught in the MPH program in order to develop appropriate and effective strategies to meet the health needs of the community. While the focus of my internship was on developing strategies to address Salt Lake County's opioid overdose epidemic, my preceptor ensured that I had opportunities to explore all areas of the local health department that were of interest to me. I am incredibly impressed by SLCHD's dedication to the community - perhaps the best part of this internship was the opportunity to be surrounded by passionate, knowledgeable, and diligent mentors. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone interested in pursuing a future in public health."
Volunteers - perform service for the county for civic, charitable, or humanitarian reason, without promise, expectation or receipt of compensation for services rendered. For Salt Lake County volunteer positions, please visit Volunteer Services
Unpaid Interns - participate with the County in an educational or academic capacity designed to provide students with professional experience in the continuance of their education and training. Unpaid interns will be affiliated with a school contract and/or receive academic credit.
Salt Lake County currently offers internships for academic credit as well as paid internships. Whether internships are for credit or for pay will depend on the hiring agency and will be noted on the intern job posting.
Interns should define what they are looking for in an internship and their schedule availability. Prospective interns may seek the guidance and direction from their educational institution. Also, interns must create a resume and complete the online application.
Paid interns may only work 29 hours or less. Paid Interns can work 29 hours or less per week (129 or less hours per month). Interns who are working 6 or less months may work more than 29 hours per week and must have a break in service of 13 weeks before being rehired. This will be determined by the hiring agency.
The length of an internship is variable and is dependent on the hiring agency’s needs and budget.
Internships are available for students in high school, career and trade programs, as well as undergraduate and graduate programs. Internships are also available for post-graduate students.
Please review the Salt Lake County Agency Internship list for a listing of participating departments, agencies and programs or visit the internship website Salt Lake County Human Resources Job Center for current internship opportunities.
Yes, with supervisor approval. The combined paid and/or unpaid hours worked must not exceed 40 hours a week.
The internship supervisor provides guidance, feedback and evaluation in order to facilitate the learning process. Interns will receive on going feedback in addition to a final evaluation.
At the end of the internship, interns will have a chance to evaluate the overall internship program.
Interns are encouraged to review job openings by visiting the Salt Lake County Human Resources Job Center . If the intern meets the minimum qualifications for the job, they can apply online.
The intern is under no obligation to Salt Lake County after completion of the prescribed work period(s) for an internship. Interns will be required to return the employee badge, keys, and any other County property.
Any available positions will be posted under the Internship link found on the the Salt Lake County Human Resources Job Center .
You can contact any Agency Internship Coordinators as listed in the Salt Lake County Internship Contact List.