Volunteer Internships

Gain job experience and build your resume while creating important connections to professionals in your field. 

High school and college students currently enrolled, in good standing, in an educational program with a formal academic student internship component may apply for a Pinellas County government internship. The internship must be for academic credit or offered through the school’s program.

It’s easy to become an intern.

  • Review the positions to select those of interest. 
  • Complete a quick, easy application
  • A volunteer site coordinator will contact you by phone or email. 
  • Questions? Call volunteer services at (727) 464-3367, option 2. 

Please check back often since this page is updated regularly. 


Opportunities are listed by department in alphabetical order:

Convention and Visitors Bureau

Did you know the St. Pete/Clearwater area is the No. 1 tourist destination on the Gulf Coast of the U.S., and tourism is the area’s No, 1 employer? Pinellas County’s official marketing agency is the Convention and Visitors Bureau, also known as Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

Current Position

  • Community and Brand Engagement Intern (blend of remote and on-site in Clearwater) – Help with event logistics, marketing, sponsorship, contracts, business development, community relations, inventory and customer service.

Economic Development

Economic Development works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to Central Florida’s Gulf Coast. Through investment tools, professional courses and business counseling sessions, trade missions to open new markets, as well as local, regional and statewide partnerships, Economic Development staff fosters a pro-business climate in Pinellas County, Florida.

Current Position

  • Graphic Design Intern (remote and on-site in Clearwater) – Design clear engaging graphic communications for print and web. This will include marketing and communication brochures, website and social media graphics, posters, flyers, and other marketing materials. Ideal candidate is a creative self-starter with attention to detail and excellent proofreading skills. Must be proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and/or other common design applications.

Forward Pinellas 

Forward Pinellas serves as the Pinellas Planning Council and Metropolitan Planning Organization to provide guidance on local decisions and transportation planning.

Current Position

  • Communications Intern (remote or on-site in Clearwater) – Work on social media, graphic design, website design and maintenance, blog writing and marketing. Ideal candidate is an organized self-starter with excellent writing skills and an ability to learn new technology and processes quickly. A background in photography and/or videography is a plus.

Human Resources 

Human Resources provides personnel services for the Pinellas County Unified Personnel System which includes more than 3,100 employees. Staff provide expert services related to recruiting, performance management, benefits, wellness, compensation, learning opportunities, employee relations, recognition, employee communication and volunteers. 

Current Positions

  • Graphic Design Intern (combo remote and on-site in Clearwater) – Design clear engaging graphic communications for print and web. This will include marketing and communication brochures, website and social media graphics, posters, flyers, and other marketing materials. Ideal candidate is a creative self-starter with attention to detail and excellent proofreading skills. Must be proficient in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and/or other common design applications.
  • Social Media/Communications Intern (combo remote and on-site in Clearwater) – Work on social media, blog writing and marketing. This position will assist in managing all social media content creation and posting, understanding social media trends, and scheduling posts as needed. Ideal candidate is an organized self-starter with excellent writing skills. Graphic design experience is a plus.
  • Video Intern (combo remote and on-site in Clearwater) – Work with staff to create video ads for social media, build brand promotion, research department-related content to share with social media followers, and contribute to other creative developments. Ideal candidate has a knowledge of graphic design and social media platforms plus skill in editing photos and videos.
  • Web Support/Editing Intern (combo remote and on-site in Clearwater) – Assist with copy editing for website design and maintenance. Assist the team with website migration from the current Dreamweaver site to the new WordPress site by comparing the two sites and making edits. Ideal candidate is an organized self-starter with attention to detail, excellent proofreading skills and an ability to learn new technology and processes quickly. A background in copy editing or WordPress is a plus.

Office of Management and Budget 

Office of Management and Budget provides budget and financial management services for Pinellas County government. Staff are responsible for the development and administration of a $2.7 billion budget in collaboration with a diverse group of departments, agencies and independent partners. 

Current Position

  • Socrata Intern (remote) – Assist with data management and maintenance of the Socrata performance dashboards which include day-to-day tasks as well as larger data projects. 

Public Works 

Public Works manages infrastructure and environmental resources for Pinellas County. Services include mowing, urban forestry, mosquito control, traffic control, sidewalks, roads, drainage and bridge maintenance.

Current Positions

  • Engineer Student Intern (on-site in Clearwater) – Assist with quality control by reviewing plans and performing quantity take offs. Duties may include drainage and transportation research, cost estimation and information tracking, infrastructure design using AutoCAD and/or GIS, document and permit preparation, asset management and project management support, and other tasks for civil, transportation, stormwater and environmental projects. Must have completed basic hydrology and hydraulics, transportation, or construction management courses at an ABET-accredited university.
  • Environmental Management Intern (on-site in Clearwater and Countywide) – Assist with tasks related to environmental surface watershed or coastal regulations, assessment and restoration. Duties may include field data or sample collection and preparations, inspections, public education and materials distribution, data entry, restoration activities, and other technical software-based analysis or editing. Must have an interest in environmental science, policy, compliance and enforcement; be willing to provide driving record information; and be comfortable working in water with the ability to swim.

Risk Management 

Risk Management protects Pinellas County against accidental financial loss by taking steps to develop, manage and secure our most valuable assets in accordance with statutes, ordinances, and laws. Staff provide quality services and support to all citizens while providing a safe and healthy environment.

Current Positions

  • Risk Management Intern (on-site in Clearwater) – Review insurance contracts with County vendors, assist with the development of insurance requirements, review certificates received from vendors(s) to determine insurance compliance, and assist in gathering property information to further update the County property values. 

Solid Waste and Recycling

Solid Waste processes a million tons of trash a year in the Waste-to-Energy Facility in St. Petersburg, plus offers drop-off recycling, recycled mulch and hazardous waste recycling/disposal.

Current Position

  • Water/Wastewater Plant Operations Intern (on-site in St. Petersburg) – Work under the supervision of a licensed operator at the Industrial Wastewater Treatment Facility located at the Waste-to-Energy Facility. Perform scheduled and preventive maintenance checks on equipment and operational systems, water quality sampling and data management.

Utilities – South Cross Bayou 

The South Cross Bayou Water Reclamation Facility in St. Petersburg is the largest wastewater treatment facility in Pinellas County. The facility recovers resources from wastewater including reclaimed water for irrigation, biosolids for fertilizer pellets and gas for renewable energy. Staff is responsible for operation of the wastewater facility and almost 200 pump stations.

Current Position

  • Plant Operations Intern (on-site in St. Petersburg) – Work on quality control with SCADA programmers, in warehouse support, as an assistant to a mechanic or electrician, or do basic lab work. Duties may include some clerical and cleanup-related tasks. Must be enrolled in a related high school or college program.

Utilities – Water Quality

Utilities staff is committed to the highest standard of service to deliver clean water and protect our community and waterways for generations to come. The Water Quality team monitors and tests water throughout the water distribution system. The Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment Program protects waterways by controlling wastewater discharge from industry and non-domestic sources to municipal sewer collection systems and treatment facilities.

Current Position

  • Water Quality Division Intern (on-site in Largo) – Assist water quality specialists with duties such as collection and sampling of the water distribution system, educational materials, customer complaint response, monitoring and collection of field data, industrial user site inspections, and community events. Work may involve drinking water projects and programs, wastewater regulatory and industrial pretreatment programs, grease management ordinance, and sewer system overflow response and surface water sampling.

11/2/22