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State of South Dakota Intern Program

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.

  • Spring internships typically begin in January and end in May.
  • Summer internships typically begin in May and end in August.
  • Fall internships typically begin in September and end in December.

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.

**Before applying for an internship, please build your profile. That will allow you to apply for multiple internships without having to enter everything every time.

Search for internships:

  1. Go to our Jobs Page.
  2. Click All open positions
  3. Internships are listed on the bottom right corner of the page.

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

Governor’s Office Internship Program
The Governor's Office Internship Program provides the best, brightest, and most ambitious college and graduate students with practical professional experience before they enter the working world. Click here to learn more and apply for an internship with the Governor's Office.


Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for a State of South Dakota Internship, students must:

  1. Attend an accredited college, university, or vocational-technical program in the United States. This includes students in undergraduate and graduate programs.
  2. Carry at least 12 credit hours, as a full time student, in the semester in which you apply.
  3. 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.

Internship Duration
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.

Compensation
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.

Housing
The State of South Dakota does not provide housing to its interns, nor do we assume the responsibility for finding housing for interns. However, in an effort to help interns begin their search for housing, we have listed contact information about possible rentals statewide. It is the responsibility of the intern to make any contacts. .