What is an Internship?
The State of Alaska Internship Program introduces and engages a variety of students to diverse aspects of public sector employment. The program is designed to complement academic study with “hands-on” experience and help develop invaluable job readiness skills with the objective that the student will aspire to return to State employment upon completion of his/her education.
Preference is given to Alaska Residents, for more information please view the Frequently Asked Questions further down this page.
Types of Internships
There are three series of internships, each with different levels of experience and responsibilities: student, college, and graduate:
- Student Interns I and II are high school/pre-college aged students;
- College Interns I, II, III, and IV are college/university students, and consist of technical and/or professional duties in preparation for entry into professional career areas;
- Graduate Interns I and II are post-graduate students, and the work typically consists of professional duties that are consistent with entry-level work in job classes representative of the intern’s degree field.
Department Internship Information
How to Apply
There is a two-step process for applying for positions in Workplace Alaska:
- Create/Edit an Application: The application is similar to a resume, and is completed by all Workplace Alaska applicants. An application contains your Personal Information, Education & Training, and Experience.
- Apply for a Vacancy: Be sure to answer all Agency-wide Questions and Supplemental Questions. Your application must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m., Alaska Standard Time, on the closing date of the recruitment. You can submit your application online or by fax. Please see our “How to Apply” page for instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions
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For most State of Alaska instenships an applicant must be an Alaska resident or attending an Alaska University or College.
The one exception is for science related internships with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Preference will be given to Alaska residents, but it is open for any students to apply. The job posting will say whether it is open to All Applicants or Alaska Residents Only. For more information on the Department of Fish and Game internships please check out their Frequently Asked Questions.
- Provides opportunities to explore career options with the State of Alaska;
- Provides real world experience and a satisfying income;
- Invests in your academic future;
- Builds a portfolio for future job interviews;
- Develops transferable skills that are valuable in any job;
- Complements your academic efforts;
- Promotes useable knowledge of organizations that provide a diverse range of career paths following graduation;
- Is Fun!
No. The State does not provide housing for interns. If an agency has housing available, they will announce it in the job posting.
At this time, the State of Alaska does not sponsor applicants for purposes of obtaining a visa. All students who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply and are required to maintain employment eligibility.
Yes. Our recruitment system, Workplace Alaska, is a vacancy based recruitment system. To be considered for any available internship position, you must apply for all positions you may be interested in pursuing.
You may arrange for academic credit through your academic advisor. If necessary, the direct supervisor may serve as the contact person for your academic advisor.
Most vacancies will be open a minimum of ten (10) calendar days. Check the job posting for the deadline.
It varies. The time period ranges from days to weeks.
Not necessarily. For entry level internships, you will not need certain types of education to qualify but you must be in an undergraduate degree program.
For College Interns III and IV, you will have to be in a baccalaureate degree program and attending upper division classes related to the body of work to be performed.
For Graduate Interns, you will have to have previously earned a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in a degree field relevant to the assigned duties. This information will be disclosed in the job posting.
It depends. Hiring managers may request additional information within the job posting. Carefully read the job posting as it may request that you provide additional documentation at time of application and/or at time of interview. For example, you may be asked to provide transcripts and/or professional references.