How to Get an Intern

County departments requiring an intern should contact Human Resources (HR) for more information. HR will direct departments to their assigned analyst to answer any questions. The assigned HR Analyst and the department will discuss the department’s internship needs, such as:

  • Education requirements
  • Skills, training and other desired qualifications
  • Length of recruitment
  • Paid vs. Unpaid
  • Duties and responsibilities of the intern
  • Length of internship (typical internships are between 10-12 weeks)

The assigned HR Analyst and department will then discuss the department’s recruitment plan, such as:

  • Possible recruitment sources (schools, organizations, etc.)
  • Application, resume, and selection process
  • Determine if a master agreement between County and various schools/universities is needed
  • Orientation process
  • Intern evaluation process
  • Continued guidance throughout the process

Benefits of Utilizing an Intern

  • The County can better attract and retain talent in the community that is committed long-term to the Counties mission.
  • Interns can add new skills and insight to your department.
  • Mentoring interns is a great way to give back to young people in our community that are just starting their career.
  • Internships are a great way to introduce new talent to what the County has to offer

Affordable Care Act

ACA Employer Mandate (Paid Interns)

What is the Affordable Care Act?

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) 2010 HR3590, or Affordable Care Act (ACA), is the health care reform law implemented January 1, 2014 in America and is often called by its nick-name “Obamacare.” The PPACA is made up of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, the Patient Protection Act, and the health care related sections of the the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act and the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. It also includes amendments to other laws like the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act and the Health and Public Services Act.

Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Our Internship Program?

ACA Employer Mandate (Paid Interns)
For plan years beginning on or after January 1, 2014, the ACA requires employers to offer minimum essential health insurance coverage to at least 95% of its paid, full-time employees or be subject to a penalty. As defined by the ACA, a full-time employee is any employee who works 30 hours or more per week. As an example, if the County employees 18,000 full-time employees and does not comply with the law, the County will incur a $2,000 penalty per employee for each full-time employee (less 30) which equates to approximately a $35,940,000 penalty. As such, it is imperative that County departments offer the minimum essential health insurance coverage to any paid interns who work 30 hours or more per week.

ACA Individual Mandate (Un-paid Interns)

As of 2020 there is no longer a Federal individual mandate, however California has an individual mandate effective January 1, 2020. The California individual mandate requires all residents, including domestic partners and dependents, to have minimum essential health insurance coverage. An individual is considered to have minimum essential health coverage for any month in which he or she is enrolled in one of the following types of plans for at least one day:

  • An employer group health plan
  • An individual health insurance policy
  • A government plan such as Medicare or Medicaid, CHIP, TRICARE, etc.

Un-paid interns who are already covered by an employer group health plan (either through a parent/guardian (until 26 years old) or school) or government plan will not be required to purchase additional coverage. If not already covered by a qualifying employer group health plan or government plan, students will be required to purchase minimum essential health insurance coverage on their own or be subject to a penalty. Currently, the 2020 California individual mandate will be subject to a minimum penalty of $695 when filing a 2020 state income tax return in 2021. However, there are several exemptions for which students may apply to avoid paying penalties if they do not purchase coverage.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) 2010 HR3590, or Affordable Care Act (ACA), is the new health care reform law implemented in America and is often called by its nick-name “Obamacare.” The PPACA is made up of the Affordable Health Care for America Act, the Patient Protection Act, and the health care related sections of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act and the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act. It also includes amendments to other laws like the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act and the Health and Public Services Act.

Contact Us

Employment Division
157 West Fifth Street , First Floor
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0440
Phone: 909.387.8304
Fax: 909.383.2394
employment@hr.sbcounty.gov