Internship Benefits

Our Summer Internship Program is designed to provide hands-on work in a specific role, division, and department within the county, while also offering interns the chance to see firsthand much of the work being done in other departments, as well offering a variety of professional development opportunities. Our interns are here to learn and grow during their time with us. Some of the specific benefits of our program are below: 

Program Benefits

Pay - We are proud to have a paid program that is well above minimum wage. This allows our interns to be able to gain this experience and be compensated fairly. 
Experience - Twelve weeks of real, meaningful, and valuable work experience. Interns are not here to get coffee or make copies, but instead will gain hands-on experience in an area you are interested in.


Mentorship - Interns are assigned a mentor within their division. This is to ensure interns have someone to go to for work-related questions, who is not their acting supervisor. The mentor is there throughout the internship to offer support and guidance as needed.
Tours - Over ten on-site tours of different county facilities and departments. This allows interns to hear from subject matter experts and see the work being done firsthand. 

Training - Our program offers professional development training and workshops including DEI training, emotional intelligence training, resume writing, mock interviews and much more. 
Networking -
Interns are able to network regularly with their cohort. They are also able to build their professional networks through people they meet during the tours, training and within their own divisions and departments.

Transportation – Interns can request a free ORCA Card that can be used for all Pierce Transit options during their internship.

Schedules – Every position is different, depending on the department. Some of our positions offer flexible and or hybrid/remote work schedules

Future – The internship is a great way to work towards other employment opportunities with Pierce County. Throughout the years, interns have stayed on past their internship to continue to support their department and some have even moved into full time positions.