Internships, Student Workers, and Volunteering
We encourage you to join the thousands of San Diegans working, interning, and volunteering to support a healthy, safe, and thriving region. By getting involved, you can put your personal values into action and receive valuable work experience. Below you can learn more about the programs that the County of San Diego offers.
student worker is a high school, undergraduate, or graduate student
who works with the County to gain experience and employment. Student
Workers receive an hourly salary, and some universities may qualify
for academic credit. To learn more and/or to apply, please refer to
the below link for the Student Worker Application.
County offers many Student Worker opportunities. To express
interest in opportunities in specific departments, please refer to
the below Student Worker and Internship Department Contacts list.
A volunteer is anyone interested in serving the County of San Diego, including students, community members, and more. A volunteer serves with the County of San Diego to gain experience and/or for personal fulfillment. Volunteers do not receive academic credit or monetary compensation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find an opportunity and apply?
Identify an opportunity and apply by submitting a general volunteer interest form, contacting a department's volunteer coordinator, or applying for a specific opportunity on the Volunteer Program website.
Internship and Student Worker:
Identify an opportunity through your school, flyers and recruitment postings, on the County of San Diego website, or by contacting a department contact.
Apply using the instructions on the posting.
View the Hiring Process Guide for more information.
Are internships paid or unpaid?
An intern is a student who works with the County of San Diego to gain experience and academic credit. Internships can be paid or unpaid, and the time commitment will vary by department.
How much are student workers paid?
Students are hired on a temporary basis and are paid at an hourly rate. Hourly rates are based on the level of education completed. For specific hourly pay rate information, please refer to the student worker job posting.