Policy Development Intern - OC Human Resource Services


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333 West Santa Ana Blvd.Santa Ana, CA 92701


Orange County Human Resource Services (HRS) is an essential part of the County of Orange’s infrastructure, providing centralized human resource services, guidance, and support to County departments and maintaining all aspect of human resource operations. HRS hires and develops employees, ensures fair and equitable treatment of employees, and supports the provision of adequate compensation, which are critical to the County’s success. The mission of HRS is to attract, retain, and develop a highly skilled and competent work force so that County departments can better assist their customers.

HRS has recently transitioned from a 'de-centralized’ to a 'centralized’ department and is in the process of merging its de-centralized operations to ensure consistent services throughout the County. An important component of the centralization process is the development of a comprehensive policy and procedure (P&P) library that will provide departments with uniform guidelines and practices.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

Policy Development Interns will assist and support HRS staff with one or more of the duties/assignments listed below:

  • Compile human resource policies currently utilized by County departments
  • Review and organize policies according to topic
  • Contact other counties/cities to gather information regarding human resource best practices
  • Work with HRS subject matter experts to revise and/or create new, centralized policies
  • Navigate new and revised policies through approval processes
  • Create centralized human resources P&P library on County website
  • Support staff in working with labor unions to secure policy approval
  • Provide administrative support with filing, faxing, photocopying, scheduling appointments, and creating policy binders/folders

Educational Requirements:

Ideal candidates will have completed at least two years of undergraduate study at a community or four-year college/university with a minimum 3.0 GPA in one of the following academic majors: public policy, public administration, human resources, communications, sociology, social ecology, business administration, psychology, or related fields. Applicants with a strong interest in public policy, human resources, research and analysis, or related fields are encouraged to apply.

Skills, Training & Qualifications:

We are seeking applicants with the following qualifications:

  • Attention to detail in gathering and reviewing complex information
  • Ability to analyze and organize complex material
  • Knowledge of and experience in research and analysis
  • Excellent written, active listening and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivated and able to manage deadlines and reach target milestone goals
  • Adept in working as part of a team and leading others in completing assignments
  • Able to follow directions and apply directions to various tasks
  • Familiarity with the Internet and Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Experience in policy development preferred, but not required
  • Experience in Office 365/SharePoint preferred, but not required
Time Commitment:

Minimum 15-20 hours per week for 3 or more months. Flexible schedules are available during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.). Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for this internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.

Benefits Available to Intern:

Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to paid employment, students and recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to:

  • Acquire valuable skills, experience and contacts that will enhance professional growth
  • Balance and complement academic preparation with practical experience
  • Apply academic skills and knowledge to the workplace
  • Fulfill college/university internship requirements
  • Network with professionals who are dedicated to making a positive difference in Orange County
  • Intern with one of the premier employers in the region.
How to Apply:

Please email a resume, cover letter, writing sample and unofficial transcript to Jane.Dawson@ocgov.com. The cover letter is an opportunity for students/recent graduates to describe career and academic goals, to elaborate upon personal and academic accomplishments, to share areas of interest and experience that relate to the internship and to identify what type of internship experience they are seeking. Please include GPA, preferred start and end dates for the internship, number of hours that can be scheduled on a weekly basis and days/timeframes available to schedule internship hours.


  • Performance Management
  • Human Resources Legal Compliance
  • Research
  • Organization Design
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Microsoft Office Suite

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • 15 - 20 hours per week for 3 or more months
  • college student or recent graduate interested in public policy, HR, public administration

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