Are you interested in getting hands-on experience in your chosen field? Do you want to make a difference in your community?

Sarasota County's internship program is dedicated to providing students with an unsurpassed learning experience and insight into the dynamic world of public sector employment.

  • Hands-on work experience.
  • Make a difference through public service.
  • Professional development opportunities.
  • Mentoring by senior staff.
  • Full- and part-time internships available.

Group of 16 Sarasota County interns standing in front  of baseball field and scoreboard at Cool Today Park.

On Aug. 9, the first Intern Sarasota County class presented their summer accomplishments to their peers, mentors and county administration during a celebration luncheon at CoolToday Park in North Port. The event capped a 12-week pilot program that was initiated by the county’s Employee Input Group.

The county has offered internships in the past, but the Intern Sarasota County program sought to bring interns from different departments together as a class for volunteer and professional development opportunities. In addition to working on career-specific projects throughout the county, the 18 college students learned about operations at different facilities and participated in a South Lido Park cleanup, public speaking course, career-building seminar and speed networking event held at the Nathan Benderson Park finish tower.   

More than 300 people applied for the 2019 program, which offered internships in 12 county departments. The success of the pilot means future students can look forward to participating in the Intern Sarasota County program.    

 

 Minimum Qualifications

Sarasota County internship students must meet the criteria below.

Currently seeking a diploma or degree through an accredited secondary or post-secondary educational program.
Eligible to work in the United States.
Able to successfully complete an application, interview and pass a background check and physical.
At least 18 years old or age 16 or above with parental consent.

 Can work regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), unless otherwise specified in the job description.

College credit must be arranged by the student with his/her school. There are paid and unpaid internships available in which students work for the purpose of gaining experience and/or completing academic requirements. No internship positions offer benefits. Work locations vary by position.