Catawba County is committed to fostering career development through internship experiences to as many students as possible. Internship opportunities are available on a limited basis in most County departments throughout the year. While we strive to fulfill as many requests as possible, internships are limited. For that reason, we encourage you to apply as far in advance as possible.
Internships are available to both college and high school students. High school students should work through their school’s internship coordinator/counselor to secure county internships. College students requesting an internship should follow the directions on this page.
The preference is given to those college students in which the degree program requires completion of an internship. Although both paid and unpaid internship opportunities are available, the majority of our internships are unpaid. Criminal background and drug screening checks will be required for all internships (not including high school interns.)
Because we provide a variety of services across many different fields of work, internships are managed according to each department’s needs.
For internship opportunities in any of the following departments, please click the “General” tab below and follow the directions, including completion of the County’s internship application: Elections, Emergency Services, Finance, Human Resources, Library, Planning/Parks, Tax, Technology, and Utilities and Engineering.
For internship opportunities in Legal, Public Health, Sheriff, or Social Services Departments, please click that department’s tab below and follow directions to be connected with a departmental representative.
We look forward to connecting with you about internship opportunities! Should you have any questions regarding internship opportunities with Catawba County, you can reach Angie Triplett, Sr. Recruitment Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-465-8265.
For internship opportunities in the following departments: Elections, Emergency Services, Finance, Human Resources, Library, Planning/Parks, Tax, Technology, and Utilities and Engineering, please complete the County internship application found here.
Two types of internships are offered:
- Unpaid internships offered year-round for college students interested in Law, in association with the student’s university for college credit
- Paid summer law clerk positions for students who have completed their first or second year of law school
Email Debra Bechtel or call (828) 465-8319.
The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office offers unpaid internships for college students studying Criminal Justice or a related field. Contact the front desk at the Sheriff’s Office to pick up an application packet or call (828) 464-5241. Students seeking internships must provide a contract between their respective college and the Sheriff’s Office before beginning the internship.
The Sheriff’s Office also works with Catawba County Schools to offer internships for high school juniors and seniors interested in a career in law enforcement. Students interested in this internship program should contact their school counselors for more information.
For additional information about internships, contact Sgt. Eric Page or call (828) 465-8278.
Internship opportunities available throughout the year in Family and Children’s Services or Adult Services for students working toward a Bachelor’s or Master’s in Social Work, or 4-year degree in Human Services. Programs include poverty prevention, school social work, child and family mental health services, protective services for children, protective services for adults, serving adults with disabilities, serving as a legal guardian for adults, long-term care services for adults and senior nutrition. If interested, email your resume including area of interest to Lindsay Mitchelland complete an internship application at Social Services Internship Application.