Student Initiatives

   Program Description

Washoe County's internship program provides students with meaningful work experience in a progressive local government to supplement and enhance their academic programs. In return, Washoe County is able to identify trained and talented individuals.  Interns carry out research and analysis projects on a wide range of issues under the direction of senior staff members.  Hiring departments schedule interviews directly with candidates.  A candidate invited for a scheduled interview may be asked to participate in a performance demonstration in order to confirm experience in areas required for success on the job.

Washoe County interns are encouraged and expected to inquire into important issues, initiate improvements, and suggest new approaches and directions.  They staff administrative and citizens committees and attend Board meetings.  They also may attend local and regional professional meetings and conferences during the year, where they meet with government employees from throughout the nation.

The internship program is designed to attract, develop and retain innovative people committed to delivering excellence in serving the constituents of Washoe County.


Enrollment in an accredited college or university in pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree; OR enrollment in a recognized Master’s Degree program is required.  Course work, prior or current, must include a minimum of three (3) units pertinent to the operations of the hiring department.

   Compensation and Benefits

Internships may or may not be paid positions.  Rates for paid positions are based on the internship.  Other benefits the internship program provides:

  • Real work experience while in school
  • Networking opportunities
  • Exposure to senior leaders
  • Personal and professional development
  • Career exploration
  • Project-specific training
  • Possible college credit through your accredited university
  • Challenging and meaningful assignments
  • Value-added contribution to the organization and community
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Opportunity to evaluate the organization for full-time employment

    How to Apply

Students interested in the internship program should contact the Department in their field of interest to see if an intern position is available or contact their student advisor who may have knowledge of available intern positions.  You will be asked to provide proof of current enrollment in college (current class schedule or registration receipt) after your application is processed.  Washoe County management teams schedule interviews, for their departments, directly with candidates for any internship opportunities. 

Please see the Job Opportunities page for other opportunities at Washoe County.

  Contact Information


Washoe County
Department of Human Resources
1001 E. Ninth Street, Ste. 220
Reno, NV 89512

775-328-2081 (office)
775-328-6119 (fax)

Washoe County is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce that creates a sense of belonging for all employees and citizens, thereby encouraging persons from all backgrounds and experiences to apply for employment. 


Washoe County will recruit, hire, train and promote into all job levels without regard to race, religion or belief, gender, marital status or domestic partnership, familial status, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, genetic information (GINA), veteran status, political affiliation, membership in an employee association or union or any other protected class under applicable federal or state law.

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