Grant Development Intern - Sonoma County Public Infrastructure Department

County Of Sonoma   Santa Rosa, CA   Internship     Other
Posted on September 15, 2023
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Position Information

Are you a current college student with excellent research and organizational skills?
Gain experience as a Grant Development Intern in the Sonoma County Public Infrastructure Department!

This paid internship position will afford an undergraduate college student excellent hands-on, directly relevant work experience. To qualify for the position, you must be enrolled in a full-time or part-time academic or vocational curriculum at an accredited college or university. 

The Grant Development Intern will learn about and support the following areas:

  • Researching new grant opportunities
  • Providing grant application assistance
  • Assisting with task coordination & scheduling
  • Providing administrative assistance

The ideal candidates will possess:

  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills
  • The ability to track multiple deadlines
  • The ability to work well with many different personality types 
  • An interest in local government
  • Two semesters of completed college level coursework
  • Availability for a minimum of ten hours/week, and commit to at least six months of employment

Join Our Team

The Sonoma County Public Infrastructure (SoCoPi) Department leads the way to a safe and sustainable community by planning, building, managing, and maintaining Sonoma County's investment in quality services and infrastructure. The department's staff of 271 supports the County's critical transportation infrastructure, including bridges, roads, street lighting districts, and traffic signals as well as the procurement and maintenance of equipment, vehicles, and real estate; purchase of goods and services; management of an airport, public transit services, and various capital projects; operation and maintenance of four Veteran's buildings and four water systems within the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County; and maintenance of multiple solid waste disposal sites. 


If selected, students must show proof of student status or vocational program participation by one of the following:

  • Course registration material
  • Internship registration
  • Transcript

Interns are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation and sick leave; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Paid interns may meet the eligibility requirements (generally worked 11 consecutive pay periods with a minimum of 440 hours and are scheduled at least 40 hours per pay period) to qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage. Dependent coverage may also be available at employee's cost. Interns may not work in excess of 1560 hours in a twelve-month period.
This recruitment is being conducted to fill a Grant Development Intern position in the Sonoma County Public Infrastructure (SoCoPi) Department. This employment list may also be used to fill future intern positions as they occur during the active status of this list.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Current enrollment in a full-time or part-time academic or vocational curriculum at an accredited college or university.

Experience: None required.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary endorsements may be required to perform the essential functions of the position.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

Applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed to ensure candidates meet the minimum requirements for the position. Candidates possessing these requirements will be referred to the department for further consideration. The hiring department will contact candidates who appear to best meet the requirements and needs of the position and take further steps in making a selection for the internship.

Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.



A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted online at: Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. 

The County of Sonoma values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

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