Although internships with the County of Orange are unpaid positions, they do provide an excellent experience in a professional setting for students and recent graduates.
Please review the following information and email your resume, letter of interest or cover letter and unofficial transcript to Jane.Dawson@ocgov.com. Please do not include a writing sample or sample portfolio unless that information is specifically requested in the position description. If you include an objective statement in your resume, please create a statement that relates to the internship or internships that you are seeking.
Your letter of interest or cover letter is a key component in achieving a meaningful internship experience:
It provides an opportunity to elaborate upon details that are usually just listed in a resume.
It demonstrates written communication skills and style.
It allows a more in-depth discussion of career goals, personal interests, academic accomplishments, community involvement, etc.
It assists County managers in matching applicants with internship opportunities that complement individual career and academic goals.
When preparing your letter of interest or cover letter, consider the following options:
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Keep the letter’s content and format professional as you demonstrate your individual writing style and introduce yourself to the reader.
Discuss career and academic goals and personal interests.
Share your expectations of the internship experience, including what you’d like to accomplish; what issues/projects/assignments are of particular interest; and what skills, knowledge and expertise you hope to gain.
Additional information that MUST be included as a supplemental document is listed below:
Position title (Each position requires a separate cover letter or letter of interest.)
Computer skills (be specific)
Grade level, expected graduation date and GPA
Classes taken that relate to the internship you are applying for
Number of hours that you can schedule each week
Approximate date (or dates) that you can start the internship
Preferred duration of internship (How many months?)
Days and timeframes available to schedule internship hours
Address where you will reside while completing the internship. (if different from address listed on resume.)
Please specify whether or not you will receive academic credit through your college/university for the internship. (We don't require that applicants receive academic credit, and many students complete the internship for personal/professional growth rather than academic credit.)
Please specify is you are an international student.
Jane Dawson, Manager
County of Orange, Human Resource Services
333 West Santa Ana Boulevard
Santa Ana, CA 92701-4062
Phone: (714) 834-7440
Making Orange County a safe, healthy, and fulfilling place to live, work, and play, today and for generations to come, by providing outstanding, cost-effective regional public services.
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