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Internship Opportunities


Educational Growth While Building a Stronger Community

Ramsey County is the second largest county in Minnesota, serving over 511,000 citizens in St. Paul and its surrounding cities.  With over 20 departments, Ramsey County offers a unique variety of internship opportunities for students to enhance their academic learning with real world knowledge.  Through internship placements, students receive valuable training while providing valuable public service to the community.   Internships at Ramsey County typically follow a selection process.  In some situations, an internship can be developed collaboratively with the department for a more specialized experience. 

Who is eligible for internship placements?

  • Enrollment at a post-secondary school in coursework relevant to the duties of the department to which assigned
  • Applicants completing graduate-level or practicum requirements.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students can be considered.
  • Many internships are UNPAID and ALL are non-benefit earning.
  • Locations may be throughout St. Paul and suburban Ramsey County.
  • Shifts may include evening, weekend, and/or holiday hours.
  • Internships vary from 5-10 hours per week, some as much as 40 hours per week, depending upon the nature of the placement.  The hours are negotiated between the intern and the employer.  Some college programs require a minimum amount of hours in a semester in order to earn college credits.  Please see your academic advisor or internship coordinator at your school for more information about internship requirements.

How do I get more information?

Contact the resources listed in your area of interest.  If you do not find a contact for a specific area of interest, please call Ramsey County Human Resources at 651-266-2700 or email contacthr@co.ramsey.mn.us to request additional assistance. 

Areas of Interest

Public & Environmental Health | more information | 651.266.2400

Criminal Justice/Corrections l more information l 651.266.2558

The Department of Community Corrections offers students hands on learning opportunities. Internships are available to students who are enrolled in a college or university at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prospective interns must complete an application packet. Subsequent to a review of this information, the applicant may be contacted by the Internship Coordinator and, if selected, may anticipate in training and undergo a criminal records and MN Department of Child and Family check to schedule a personal interview. Internship offers are made based on the candidate’s skills, interests and abilities, and the needs of the Department.

Legal l more information

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office offers paid and unpaid law clerk/internships for law students. Law Clerks/Interns perform legal research and writing and/or represent the County in civil, family or criminal court hearings. Prospective Law Clerks/Interns must complete an application packet. The applicant may be contacted to schedule a personal interview. Offers are made based upon the applicant’s skills, interests, abilities, and the needs of the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.

Law Enforcement, Political Science, or Public Administration.  See Sheriff’s Office Undergraduate and Graduate Internships

Library Science l Contact Lynn Wyman at 651.628.6803 l Email

Ramsey County Libraries offers student internships at a range of educational levels in a variety of focus areas. Internship offers area made based on the candidate's skills, interests and abilities, and the needs of the Ramsey County Libraries. Contact us to get an internship application.

Recreation/Environmental Education l Contact Parks 651.748.2500 or Tamarack Nature Center 651.407.5350  Email

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation/Tamarack Nature Center offers student internships in the areas of outdoor education/interpretation or event management. Applicants must be in their third or fourth year of college to be eligible. Seasons and availability vary.

Social Work/Sociology/Psychology - e.g. working with adults, elderly, youth, persons with disabilities or vulnerable populations.   More Information l 651.266.4090

The Ramsey County Community Human Services Department offers student internships at a range of educational levels and a variety of disciplines. Prospective interns must complete an application packet. Subsequent to a review of this information, the applicant may be contacted by the CHS Internship Coordinator to schedule a personal interview. Internship offers are made based on the candidate’s skills, interests and abilities, and the needs of the Ramsey County Human Services Department.

 

Please note:  Ramsey County cannot guarantee placement in an internship.  A criminal background check may be required for some placements. 

Go to Volunteer page for more information on Volunteer Opportunities in Ramsey County.