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Health Department, Behavioral Health Bureau. There are over 30 career paths in the County Mental Health Field. The Behavioral Health Bureau offers a variety of internships for students in Administration, Adult System of Care, and Children’s System of Care. People who work in this field have a variety of skills, experience, and education ranging from high school degrees to Ph.D’s:

  • Administration. Unpaid administrative internships are available for high school students, community college and university students interested in careers in Mental Health. Assignments include contract development, webpage maintenance, coordination of training events, research, preparation of special reports, coordination of interns, and much more. For more information, contact Merideth Canham-Nelson, LCSW, at 784-2187 or

  • Adult/Children’s System of Care. Provides in-depth unpaid internship experience for Marriage and Family Therapist and Master of Social Work Interns.  Assignments include: facilitating groups, coordinating cases that involve individual and/or family therapy, writing assessments, treatment plans and case notes. They would participate in a variety of multidisciplinary team meetings. The cases often involve collaboration with other agencies and community resources. They would provide crisis intervention and coordinate acute psychiatric services with the Emergency Room crisis staff at Natividad Medical Center and the Mental Health Unit. For more information about the Adult or Children’s System of Care, contact Merideth Canham-Nelson, LCSW, at 784-2187 or

  • Children’s System of Care. Provides Doctoral Level Clinical Psychology Internships through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC); Doctoral Level Clinical Psychology Practicum Training through The Bay Area Practicum Information Collaborative (BAPIC). Children’s Behavioral Health offers paid clinical psychology internships for qualified students working through APPIC and non-paid psychology practicum training for qualified students working through BAPIC. For more information, contact Dr. Marni R. Sandoval at
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DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE:The District Attorney’s Office offers a variety of internships for students in law school and other related majors. Unpaid internship.
Contact and submit applications to: Sherri Hall at

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LEARNING & ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: County Administration’s Training Division has a variety of projects suitable for students in fields of study including; Communications, Education, Training Program Management, Organizational Development, Curriculum Development, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, and more. Unpaid internship.
Contact and submit applications to: Yvonne Walker at

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PROBATION DEPARTMENT: Gain valuable work experience under the supervision of Monterey County Probation Officers for school credit or career exploration. Background Investigation required. 10-15 hrs/wk. Unpaid Internship.
Contact and submit applications to: Dannie Ryan at

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PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE: Assist lawyers with trial preparation, processing files, interviewing clients, legal research, law and motion, and trial presentation. Must be enrolled in a related college major, possess a good attitude, and willingness to learn. 16 hours per week minimum for 1-2 semesters. Submit application, resume and cover letter. Unpaid Internship. Contact and submit applications to: Becky Avila at or Don Landis, Jr. at

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Building Services, Document Imaging Internships: Learn to use specialized imaging equipment to scan building permits into Imaging database, assist in storing and locating permit data for research and ultimately link the information to geographic information systems; Assist in converting data from paper to electronic archival by populating permit research database; Assist in fundamentally improving efficiency and ability to provide excellent service through electronic technology. Contact Suzanne Paluck at

Human Resources (HR) Internship: Gain valuable experience while providing support to HR Analysts performing various HR functions. Duties may include assisting HR Analysts to: research and compile data, conduct recruitment and selection processes, and organize and archive personnel records. Contact Suzanne Paluck at

Public Works, Civil/Transportation Engineering Internships: Various civil and transportation engineering projects; planning, environmental assessment, project coordination and more! Contact Suzanne Paluck at

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MONTEREY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE: If you are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office has a variety of available opportunities for unpaid internships. The Internship Program goal is to assist college students, or recent graduates, increase their knowledge of the Administration of Justice by working on projects in Administration, Corrections, Enforcement or Forensic Science. Types of projects include program research, grant research, community outreach, and lab work. Interns must possess the ability to work well within a team and provide excellent customer service.

To obtain information, or an application, please contact Martha Murillo at

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