The City of Riverside’s Internship Programs provide motivated college students and recent graduates with a unique learning experience in local government. Interns can expect to work alongside seasoned City employees and contribute their talents to a variety of projects. Not only will Interns learn from their department colleagues but they will also have an opportunity to interact with Interns throughout the City every month during the Riverside Intern Power Hour. In these Programs, Interns will learn, collaborate, and build lasting relationships every step of the way!
In early 2019, we launched a partnership with the University of Redlands’ Master of Geographic Information System Program. Relevant and hands-on internship placements are available throughout the academic year in a variety of City departments. Based on a student’s program, college credit may be received. Interested students are encouraged to contact the University’s Department of Geographic Information Science at (909) 748-8128 or visit the website for more information.
We developed a partnership with UCR’s School of Business in early 2019 to provide meaningful internship experiences that directly align with students’ academic pursuits. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration has seven concentrations. As a result, we search for placements in several departments including Finance, Innovation and Technology, and Marketing and Communications. Interested students are encouraged to contact UCR’s School of Business Undergraduate Business Program to ensure that an internship aligns with his/her major degree requirements. Please click here for more information about the School of Business.
We have always enjoyed a strong partnership with UC Riverside. We have an agreement with the School of Public Policy (SPP) to provide an intern pipeline throughout the year. Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of California, Riverside’s School of Public Policy (SPP) can fulfill their internship requirement at the City of Riverside with a hands-on, short-term policy internship. Undergraduate UCR SPP students should visit UCR SPP and graduate students should contact the SPP Career Counselor and Internship Program Coordinator for more information.
In March 2018, we finalized a five-year internship agreement with the Riverside County of Education, School of Career Education’s Administrative Office Professional Program. We are excited to provide students of this program with a high-quality, real world experience which fulfills their requirement of on-the-job training. Please visit RiversideSCE for more information.
In addition to collaborating with local universities and educational institutions, the City administers its own unpaid internship program. Departments interested in bringing on an Intern will work with Human Resources’ Training and Development Division to post a specific opportunity on the City’s Internship Opportunities page. Internships are posted throughout the year and will vary in length and scope. Please visit riversidejobs to review current openings.
The Administrative Intern position provides current college students and recent graduates an entry-level, part-time, paid professional position to lay the foundations of a career in the public sector. Departments that have had openings in the past include Human Resources, Community and Economic Development, City Manager's Office, and Police Departments. Openings are posted throughout the year. Please visit our job site to review current openings.
UC Riverside and Riverside City College have been great partners in promoting student workplace learning through off-campus jobs. Both institutions administer the Federal Work Study Program and place student workers in a City position for the duration of the academic year. Student workers have held positions in Human Resources, Library, Marketing and Communications, Parks, Recreation and Community Services, and Public Utilities.
If you are a work study student and would like to learn more about the UCR Work Study Program and how to find a job, please visit workstudy. For any further questions, please contact the UCR Career Center at (951) 827-3631.
If you would like to learn more about the RCC Work Study Program, please visit RCC Work Study or call (951) 222-8291.
For more information about Federal Student Aid, visit your school's Student Employment Office or visit Federal Student Aid.
The City participates in the Western Riverside Council of Governments’ (WRCOG) Public Service Fellowship. Students from UC Riverside, California Baptist University, and California State University, San Bernardino apply directly through WRCOG and have the potential to be placed at the City of Riverside. The Fellowship is intended to provide students with hands-on experiences in public policy and local government agencies. For more information about the Fellowship, please visit WRCOG Fellowship.
- Department Onboarding: Using the Department Onboarding Checklist, you will be acclimated to the organization, department, and your specific role
- Daily Work Duties: You will be involved in projects that expose you to the realities of working in a public agency while creating an impact
- Continuous Learning and Relationship Building: You will be invited to attend a monthly meeting with other City Interns to learn about a variety of career development topics or participate in a department site visit
- Recognition: Each year, we will celebrate the efforts of City Interns on National Intern Day
- End of Assignment: At the end of the internship, you will be invited to complete a survey so that we can learn what worked well and what areas we should consider improving. Those who perform well may receive a letter of recommendation from their supervisor. As an added benefit for unpaid Interns, a Certificate of Completion from the City Manager’s Office will be provided
With all of these great opportunities, be sure to stay informed of new openings! Create a governmentjobs.com profile. Complete a “Job Interest Card” and choose the category of "Internship."
Please contact the City’s Intern and Volunteer Coordinator at (951) 826-5808.
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Community and Economic Development Intern from Riverside County School of Career Education
Unpaid Intern Spotlight
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Human Resources Intern from California State University, San Bernardino