Attention all students! Suppose you’re searching for an educational and productive way to spend the summer. In that case, the Mercer County Student Internship Program is a fantastic opportunity to acquire meaningful career training and get paid.

The County seeks to provide local high school and college students with a paid opportunity to learn hands-on skills and their practical applications, setting the stage for a fruitful career ahead. Students must be at least 15 years old and attend a Mercer County school or university to be eligible. Applications will be accepted until the first week of May. If you wish to apply, please complete the attached application: Apply – Mercer County. Once finished, please email the completed application to Alejandra M. Silva, Deputy Director, at or drop off the application in person at The McDade Administration Building, Room 10 640 South Broad Street, Trenton, NJ 08650.

Application reviews will begin once the window to submit applications has officially closed. College students receive priority and will be notified of their placement in the program by the 3rd week in May. Likewise, high school students will be notified regarding orders no later than the 3rd week in June. Compensation will be $15 per hour for high school students and $17 for college students. There are also unpaid opportunities available for college students seeking credits. The program will be held from June through Labor Day.

Upon acceptance into the program, students will be scheduled for onboarding, which includes a pre-employment physical and drug test at Robert Wood Johnson’s Occupational Health Facility. Students under 18 must have a parent/guardian with them at all times and must submit their working papers before their first day. Students 18 or older will have to consent to a background check.

There are several featured positions available for potential participants. Some departments students will have the opportunity to work with include Economic Development, Human Resources, the Library, the Park Commission, and more. A comprehensive list of the featured positions for this session can be accessed here: Featured Positions – Mercer County. On this page, you’ll have a chance to learn more about the required duties and what the position entails. From there, you’ll have the opportunity to decide which placement aligns most with your goals for the summer.

This internship is a chance for the next generation of young professionals to gain hands-on experience and help to stand out in future job opportunities. Spots are limited, so if you or a student in your life wishes to be a part of this program, please apply as soon as possible. If you have any questions before getting started, please get in touch with the Office of Personnel at (609) 989-6676 or for assistance. Summer is just around the corner, so be sure to get those applications submitted today!

The cohort from a past group of students from the Mercer County Internship Program

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