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The State of South Dakota Intern Program provides opportunities for students to gain first-hand knowledge and understanding of governmental processes through pre-professional work experiences in various occupational fields. The Intern Program offers internships for students in many areas, some of which include accounting, corrections, education, engineering, fisheries and wildlife, law, marketing, nursing, pharmacy, public relations, and technology-based.
The intern program consists of three sessions - spring, summer, and fall. Positions for each session are announced separately. The positions offered in one session are not necessarily offered in another session.
How to apply for an internship?
Applicants must register in our jobs page. You will then build your profile and complete our online application process.
Search for internships:
- Go to our Jobs Page.
- Click All open positions.
- Click on the Internship tab. Click the Filter button to search for specific internships.
Use the chart below to find the acronyms for each agency.
Agency Acronym Bureau of Administration BOA Bureau of Finance and Management BFM Bureau of Information and Telecommunications BIT Bureau of Human Resources BHR Department of Agriculture DOA Department of Corrections DOC Department of Education DOE Department of Environment and Natural Resources DENR Department of Game, Fish and Parks GFP Department of Health DOH Department of Human Services DHS Department of Labor and Regulation DLR Department of Military DOM Department of Public Safety DPS Department of Revenue DOR Department of Social Services DSS Department of Tourism TOUR Department of Transportation DOT Department of Tribal Relations DTR Department of Veterans Affairs DVA Governor's Office GOV Governor's Office of Economic Development GOED Office of Attorney General ATG Public Utilities Commission PUC South Dakota Investment Council SDIC State Auditor OSA State Treasurer TRES Unified Judicial System UJS
To be eligible for a State of South Dakota Internship, students must:
- Attend an accredited college, university, or vocational-technical program in the United States. This includes students in undergraduate and graduate programs.
- Carry at least 12 credit hours, as a full time student, in the semester in which you apply.
- Begin the internship with sophomore standing or above. If you attend a vocational/technical school, you must have at least completed the first year of your program, at least nine months, by the beginning of the internship.
Please Note: Preference will be given to those students who are residents of South Dakota or who are attending a college, university, or vocational-technical institution within South Dakota; however, any student meeting the above eligibility requirements may apply.
There are three intern program sessions offered, which include: spring (January-May), summer (May-August), and fall (September-December). Exact starting and ending dates are arranged between the intern and the hiring supervisor with most sessions typically lasting 3-4 months.
All internships announced under the South Dakota Intern Program are paid. The hourly wage is indicated on each position announcement. All internships are full-time unless otherwise indicated on the position announcement.
Other internship opportunities within state government may be available for students who need educational internships. These internships may or may not be paid and are arranged directly with the department or agency and are not subject to the guidelines of the South Dakota Intern Program. All interested interns must contact the department or agency directly for more information.
The State of South Dakota does not provide housing to its interns, nor do we assume the responsibility for finding housing for interns.