Volunteering and Internships
The City of Port Orchard realizes the lasting and overall benefits of volunteerism and citizen engagement. It makes good business sense to support volunteer opportunities within the City as well as support volunteer efforts among its own employees. Volunteering leads to opportunities to learn new skills and develop existing ones. It helps strengthen the City’s relationship with the community and betters its own organizational culture, which is instrumental to achieving business success.
The City of Port Orchard welcomes any person or community service group to volunteer their time to perform non-compensated services for the City, including but not limited to, practical work experience within the various city departments, park cleanup projects, police reserves and academic internships. Various departments are willing to create a position with a volunteer's unique skills or interests in mind. Volunteers agree to abide by all relevant City policies and procedures and to perform the volunteer services in a safe, responsible manner in accordance with the descriptions of service. There is an application process along with an onsite interview prior to volunteering. Individuals also go through a volunteer orientation, which covers City personnel and safety policies and procedures.
The internship program is designed to provide qualified candidates with meaningful work experience to supplement and enhance their academic programs. In return, the City derives the full benefit of the students' capabilities to assist in normal work activities and/or with special projects and events. Additionally, internships enable students to establish effective working relationships with professional staff, which may be beneficial to their future career development.
Types of internships
Most internships are scheduled for part-time work during the school year and full-time in the summer and are unpaid.
Students will be considered for internships at the City of Port Orchard consistent with specific qualifications described in the internship job description. Individuals also go through a volunteer orientation, which covers City personnel and safety policies and procedures.
How to Apply
Students are to submit a cover letter along with their Volunteer Application.