Progressive Internship Program - Student Intern (Unclassified)
Full-Time Progressive Internship Program - Student Intern (Unclassified) at Ramsey County
Available Openings: 1
Industry: Government, Internship
Pay Type: Hourly
Compensation: $18.90 Hourly
Education Preferred: Yes
Education Level: High School
E-Verify: Yes
Criminal Background: Yes

Basic Function


The Progressive Internship program is a partnership between Saint Paul College, Metropolitan State University and Ramsey County. The program is structured to provide a two-year experience across a student's transfer from Saint Paul College into a four-year program at Metro State. During this time, interns will have the opportunity to gain work experience in a local government setting through different projects of progressive difficulty. Interns will also have a chance to interact with other students in the program and expand their network within Ramsey County government. 




Ramsey County is seeking talented students to utilize their unique skillsets and passion of serving the community through learning and contributing to challenging, real-work opportunities. There are currently 5 progressive internship opportunities planned to begin in May 2024 and last over the course of one to two years. Interns typically work 10 -20 hours per week. Internships will have a focus in the following departments and areas:


1. Digital Communications Intern – Communications Department

Gain work experience in the areas of strategic communications, visual design including graphic design and photography, digital marketing including website, public relations, and organizational/internal communications (there may be some exposure to visual communications)


2. Real Estate Data Intern - County Assessor’s Department

Focus on collecting data of existing properties and will provide the opportunity to learn to apply the principles and techniques of real estate appraisal.


3. Finance Intern - Economic Growth and Community Investment Service Team

Build your finance and reporting skills including gran management, construction and affordable housing financial management. Interns will gain exposure to many departments and business areas.


4. Elections Intern – Voting and Elections Department

Work with and train election judges, provide customer service to election judges and residents who conduct business in person, over the phone and electronically and many more experiences.


5. Research and Outreach Intern - Emergency Management & Homeland Security Department

Contact senior officials and collaborate with public service agencies and the community to identify resources, provide awareness and help build emergency preparedness resources for the county.

View this flyer for more detail (Download PDF reader).


Applicants should respond promptly as Initial screening of applications will occur the first week in March 2024. The interview process is expected to begin around March 18th with selected candidates starting the internship in May 2024.


Applicants should respond promptly as initial screening of application materials will begin the first week in March.
There is no exam for this unclassified position.  To be considered for these internships please submit the following documents:

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit a resume 
  • Submit a cover letter and explain your interest in the program

This is an unclassified, at-will position, holding a confidential relation to the department head or elected official.  This position requires an open screening and selection process.  There is no exam for this unclassified, at-will, position.  All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be forwarded to the department for consideration. 


Definition of Unclassified from the Ramsey County Personnel Act:
Subdivision 1. General. "The appointing authority may discharge employees in the unclassified service with or without cause. Employees in the unclassified service have no right to a grievance appeal from discharge or other disciplinary action under sections 383A.281 to 383A.301. An employee in an unclassified position shall not have tenure but shall be entitled to all benefits associated with tenure such as vacation leave, sick leave, health insurance, and other benefits as determined by the county board."

Criminal Background Checks: All employment offers are conditioned upon the applicant passing a criminal background check. Convictions are not an automatic bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits and the type of work sought. However, making false statements or withholding information will cause you to be barred from employment, or removed from employment.
 E-Verify Participation:
 Ramsey County participates in the federal E-Verify program. This means that Ramsey County will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If the Government cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, Ramsey County is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact DHS and/or the SSA before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers may not use E-Verify to pre-screen job applicants and may not limit or influence the choice of documents you present for use on the Form I-9.
 Equal Opportunity Employer: Ramsey County provides equal access to employment, programs and services without regard to race, color, creed, religion, age, sex (except when sex is a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification), disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, public assistance or national origin.
To print a paper application for this posting click Paper Application (Download PDF reader). You will need to print off this posting and also answer the supplemental questions associated with this exam and submit them if you complete a paper application.
 For further information regarding this posting, please contact Noelana Gates, Public Sector Pathways Coordinator at  or 651-266-2726.


Basic Function of a student intern, is to perform designated duties as assigned in accordance with the student’s educational program and the needs of the department to which the student is assigned; and to perform related duties as assigned.

Examples of Work Performed

This job class is limited to students in post-secondary schools. Duties are designed in light of the student's educational program in order to provide work experience that meets the department’s needs and complements the student's educational program.

Work is performed under the guidance of designated staff. Specific work assignments depend on the terms of the student's educational program and the department to which the student is assigned, and may include duties such as:

1. Data collection and analysis;

2. Documentation of findings;

3. Preparation of written materials;

4. Participation with departmental staff in discussions, program design and program implementation.

(The work assigned to a position in this classification may not include all possible tasks in this description and does not limit the assignment of any additional tasks in this classification.  Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required.)


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Must be a student at Saint Paul College or a transfer student from Saint Paul College now studying at Metropolitan State University. Students must have completed the first year of college by the time the internship starts (at least 24 credit-hours of academic coursework).
Experience: None.
Preferred: Interest in local government and public service with the ability to work independently, relate to members of the public, and ability to perform accurate and consistent work.  
Other: Employment as a Student Intern shall terminate upon graduation or upon failure to remain enrolled in school. With the approval of the appointing authority, employment may continue for up to six months after graduation.


Exam/Screening Process Information

There is no exam for this unclassified position. 


Applicants should respond promptly as initial screening of application materials will begin the first week in March.

Ramsey County

Contact: Noelana Gates
Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota 55101
Transit: On bus line