Luzerne County government seeking interns

By Jennifer Learn-Andes - | March 27th, 2016 7:36 pm

Program gives ‘real world experience’

By Jennifer Learn-Andes

Luzerne County government is seeking 2016 interns for various departments and divisions, according to an online posting.

County internships are not new, but the administration has set up a formal program to ensure interns are “properly utilized” and receive “proper experience,” acting county Manager C. David Pedri told the council last month.

Interns will be accepted in the following divisions and departments: 911, emergency management, engineering, road and bridge, children and youth, aging, manager’s office, correctional services, information technology, visitor’s bureau, budget/finance and the controller’s office.

According to the program description, the internships will provide undergraduate students interested in public service with the opportunity to “learn about and contribute to local government while gaining real world experience.”

The 10-week program is designed to expose participants to their specific areas of interest in addition to other county government operations.

The internships are unpaid, but participants may be eligible to receive academic credit.

Participants must be enrolled as full-time students, provide proof they are in good academic standing and, if selected, submit to a background check and any required security clearances.

Interested students must submit a letter of interest, a resume and two reference letters to the county by April 8.

The administration will screen applications under the same personnel process used to select employees, including interviews.

An orientation session for all selected interns will be held May 31 at the courthouse. Participants will receive county identification badges and may be required to sign liability waivers and confidentiality statements.

Additional information has been posted on the “open positions” section of the county website,

Reach Jennifer Learn-Andes at 570-991-6388 or on Twitter @TLJenLearnAndes.