Provides local students a unique opportunity to work within various Hillsborough County departments

NOTE: Applications are now closed for the 2024 internship program.

The RISE Program (Redefining Internships for Student Empowerment) provides local high school juniors and graduating seniors a unique opportunity to work within various Hillsborough County departments to get real, on-the-job training to: 

  • Learn about Hillsborough County government and how it functions
  • Get a better understanding of the role they are performing
  • Have the ability to “shadow” employees with similar roles
  • Gain invaluable, real-world skills that are transferrable to future careers

RISE is an eight-week, paid opportunity during summer break.

Participating departments

Participating departments may include:

  • Aging Services
  • Children’s Services
  • Code Enforcement
  • Conservation & Lands Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Fire Rescue
  • Fleet Management
  • Head Start
  • Human Resources
  • Library Services
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Pet Resources
  • Public Utilities
  • Public Works
  • Sunshine Line

How the program works

Each RISE participant is assigned a department and a supervisor. The supervisor will guide the participant through daily tasks and teach them how to be successful in the job assignment and will also have opportunities to evaluate the RISE participant’s progress.  

This personalized learning experience creates an enriching environment that aims to help students realize their potential with County government and provide tangible on-the-job experience for their resume. 

RISE courses

Participants will take part in a series of courses, including:

  • Interviewing Skills
  • Personal Finance 
  • Professionalism
  • Resume Development 

RISE participants will present a final overview about a specific project they assisted or enhancement recommendation with at their assigned department. 


  • Applicants must be 16 or older and reside in Hillsborough County and be a current Hillsborough County Public School student
  • A 2.0 GPA is required for acceptance into the program
  • Copies of applicant’s report card and two (2) references must be submitted with the application
  • Must be available for the entire eight-week program

Applicant resources

Key dates

  • Application period opens Jan. 2024
  • Application period closes March 2024
  • Applicants are notified of application status in April/May 2024
  • 2024 program dates are May 28-July 26 for Parks & Recreation interns and June 3-July 26 for all other participating departments

Get help

Phone: (813) 272-5130

Last Modified: 5/15/2024, 8:09:31 PM

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