Dakota County, MN


Dakota County Community Corrections

Internship Opportunities


Community Corrections has a broad range of volunteer and intern opportunities available. We offer unique opportunities, whether you want to contribute to your community or are a student looking for work experience to fulfill academic requirements. Position openings vary throughout the year.


Examples of volunteer and intern opportunities

  • Help with juvenile offenders engaged in community projects
  • Assist probation officers in juvenile or adult supervision
  • Assist juveniles participating in extended day treatment
  • Perform computer queries on information systems
  • Help manage paperwork  


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Dakota County General Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Internships & Temporary Positions


Dakota County is looking for the best and the brightest to join our team and take on the challenging and rewarding work of public service. The work we do is unique – we protect public health, keep our communities safe, ensure our vulnerable residents are cared for, help residents get back on their feet; protect our natural resources, get veterans the help they deserve, make sure traffic flows efficiently, inspire children to read and so much more. Grow your career at Dakota County where you can truly “Be More.”

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Dakota County Public Health

Internship Opportunities

The Public Health Department provides a limited number of opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from educational institutions that have a current agreement or contract with Dakota County.


  • Preference will be given to students living in Dakota County.
  • Preference may be given to students currently enrolled at local schools, or schools within Minnesota.
  • A written agreement/contract must be in place between Dakota County and the college/university before the student will be accepted.
  • An interview may be requested before accepting a student.
  • Written and verbal contact from the school instructor is required before placement.


The following dates will serve as guidelines in making placement decisions:

  • Fall Semester - Request must be received by June 1
  • Spring Semester - Request must be received by November 1
  • Summer Semester - Request must be received by March 1


Contact us at Public.Health@co.dakota.mn.us or 651-554-6156 if you have any questions.

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Dakota County Sheriff's Office

Internship Opportunities

The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office enhances the training and education of students pursuing careers in law enforcement, corrections and criminal justice, so students gain practical experience. Interns have the opportunity to shadow deputies within various divisions in effort to provide them with a holistic view of the many opportunities available at the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office.

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Dakota County Social Services

.Social Services Internship Opportunities


Dakota County Social Services Internship Program

The Dakota County Department of Social Services provides broad range of programs and services that enhance the well-being of individuals and families in the community. We offer a limited number of internships for associates, undergraduate and graduate degree students looking to fulfill academic degree requirements. 


General Process

  • Submission of an online application, resume, and cover letter.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check.
  • A brief interview conducted by county staff.
  • A written agreement between Dakota County and the college or university prior to acceptance.
  • Meeting between the school contact and intern supervisor prior to start date.


2023-2024 Schedule

Please check back here February 23, 2023 for all available Fall 2023 internships. 


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