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Learn more about the Academic Internship Program!

Program Overview

The program’s goal is to place college/university students within County departments as student interns for the completion of specific projects, research, or studies ordered by the Board of Supervisors or developed by a County department. These internships are unpaid and projects are carefully designed to offer each intern a practical and meaningful work experience. Interns normally spend 8-16 hours per week at their internship unless noted differently on the project description.

Who Qualifies?

Students who are currently enrolled in good academic standing and will be completing their internships for academic credit at a partnering college/university. Interns must be able to provide their own transportation to and from the internship site. As a general rule, interns are expected to be available at least 8 hours a week.

If you do not find your educational institution listed and would like to find out how to partner with us, please contact us at

Partnering Universities (click to see list)


Alliant International University
Allegheny College
Antioc University
Arcadia College
Argosy University Inland Empire
Argosy University Los Angeles
Azusa Pacific University School of Business and Management
Benedictine University
Brescia University
California Baptist University
California State University (All Campuses)
Capella University
Charles Drew University of Medicine & Science
Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Claremont Graduate University Masters of Public Health
Columbia University
Emerson College
George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health
Grand Canyon University
Loma Linda University
Missouri State University School of Public Health
Mount Saint Mary's University
National University
Northern Illinois University
Syracuse University
The Ohio State University
Touro University California
Tulane University
University of California Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health
University of California Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs
University of California Merced
University of California Riverside School of Public Policy
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii at Hilo
University of Kentucky
University of La Verne
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Global Public Health
University of Southern California School of Communication & Journalism
University of Southern California Price School of Public Policy
University of Southern California School of Gerontology
University of Southern California School of Public Health
University of Southern California School of Social Work
Walden University
Washington University in St. Louis
Western University of Health Science
Whittier College

See Current Internship Projects

Click Current Projects below to see the list of available internship opportunities. Identify 2‑3 projects you would like to work on.


How to Apply

After you have identified 2-3 projects you are interested in working on, click below to submit your application. You will be have an opportunity to list the projects in order of your preference.


Academic Internships

Frequently Asked Questions

How can my college/university partner with the program?

E-mail us at and provide us with the name of your college or university’s Internship Coordinator, as well as their phone number and email address. We will contact them and inquire about an agreement. Some schools decide not to enter into a partnership with the County and, as a result, students from those institutions are not eligible to participate in the this internship program.

What can I do if the project list does not include any projects relevant to my academic requirement and/or major?

Please email us at with a brief description of your course requirement and/or major. We will reach out to participating departments on your behalf.

Does the Academic Internship Program allow swapping of projects?

When a department selects an intern, they have taken several steps to bring the intern aboard; therefore, we do not encourage swapping projects or departments. However, if you would like to be considered for other projects, you will need to reapply for the program.

How do I pursue or request information on projects not available at this time?

Some projects are removed from the list when a department has selected an intern or the project has ended. We can, however, follow-up on your behalf with the participating department. Email us at with the project number or a brief description.

Is there still a way I can intern for a project or department even if I do not earn the college credit?

Internships offered through the Academic Internship Program are unpaid and are strictly for academic credit. However, the County has a variety of internship programs that may be a suitable fit for you. Click here for more information.

I’m looking for a paid internship opportunity. Is the Academic Internship Program appropriate for me?

Internships offered through the Academic Internship Program are unpaid and are strictly for academic credit. However, the County has a variety of internship programs that may be a suitable fit for you. Click here for more information.

Can I e-mail my resume and project selections directly to someone?

Your application for the program must be completed online and will include an opportunity for you to list your project selections as well as attach your resume.

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