Careers at Hennepin County

We care about your employee experience. Here, you can have a fulfilling career with opportunities to work in a variety of areas.
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A great place to work

Competitive pay

We recognize your performance with competitive pay. We also offer opportunities for pay increases, promotions and exploring other work areas.

Generous benefits

Benefits include:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Paid time off and 11 paid holidays
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Three weeks paid parental leave
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $5,250 per year
  • Retirement plan with employer contribution
  • Benefits summary

A supportive culture

Hennepin County’s core values are diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, continuous improvement, workforce development, and customer service.

We live these values by supporting our employees in various ways:

  • New employee academy to support you in your first year here
  • Employee resource groups and collaborative communities 
  • Mentoring program
  • Coaching to identify and make the most of your strengths
  • Employee career center with tools, resources and training on how to advance in your career
  • Volunteer opportunities

Work that matters

When you work for local government, you improve the lives of family, friends and neighbors. County employees work every day to improve residents’ health, safety and quality of life.

Hennepin County is the largest county in Minnesota, serving over 1.2 million residents in 45 cities. Minneapolis is the county seat. 

What drives our work is our mission, vision, goals and core values.

A snapshot of what we do

  • Operate 41 libraries: 64% of residents have a library card
  • Maintain almost 600 miles of county roads and almost 150 bridges
  • Manage over 250 outdoor warning sirens
  • Help over 14,000 adults and children with disabilities live as independently as possible
  • Respond to over 18,000 mental health crisis calls each year
  • Provide medical, dental and mental health services to over 25,000 people each year at NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
  • Keep over 80% of the county’s waste out of landfills to be reused, recycled, composted, or burned to create energy

Fast facts

  • Over 9,000 employees
  • Over 250 paid internships every year
  • About one fifth of Minnesota’s population lives in Hennepin County
  • One third of Minnesota’s population works in Hennepin County
  • Over 125 work sites


The internship experience

Earn while you learn. Internships start at $15 per hour. The county offers hundreds of different internships every year. You gain valuable work experience with a recognizable organization. You get the opportunity to make an impact on people’s quality of life. You can build connections with professionals across the organization.

As an intern, you’ll receive:

  • Hands-on training for your work area
  • Professional development support
  • Access to a variety of career paths

Work areas

  • Business operations (e.g., accounting, finance, economics, human resources, and management)
  • Communications (e.g., marketing, graphic design, and political science)
  • Environment and energy (e.g., sustainability, forestry and urban planning)
  • Health (e.g., public health, nursing, pharmacy, and health insurance)
  • Information technology (e.g., development, quality assurance, service desk, project management, and networking)
  • Social services (e.g., social work, sociology, psychology, and urban studies)
  • Public safety (e.g., law enforcement, civil and criminal law, corrections, and rehabilitation)
  • Public works (e.g., engineering, transportation planning, and road and bridge construction)

Hear from our interns

Working as an intern at Hennepin County (YouTube) 

Internship eligibility

You must be either:

  • A student working toward a degree or certificate from an accredited school (this may include high school students)
  • A recent high school or college graduate (within six months of graduation)

International students may be eligible.

To apply for an internship

  • We typically accept applications in September, January and May
  • Application may require cover letter, resume and answers to essay questions

Current internship openings 

Urban Scholars

  • 12-week summer internship program starting in May
  • For students of ethnically and racially diverse backgrounds 
  • Exposure to resume-building experiences and receiving professional development in leadership, project management and public speaking skills
  • Hennepin County works with the City of Minneapolis to host Urban Scholar interns

Minimum requirements

  • Current undergraduate student in good standing at a two-year or four-year college or university or recent graduate
  • Must have completed first year of post-secondary education
  • Be available to work full time (40 hours per week)

When to apply

We take applications in January and February.

Current internship openings 

Graduate Fellowship Program

  • Year-long program
  • Masters level students or higher
  • Formal training in professional development
  • Networking opportunities as a cohort with other graduate fellows across the county

Minimum requirements

  • Year-long commitment starting in May
  • Currently enrolled as a graduate student

Examples of graduate fellow projects

  • Organics recycling policy public engagement and research
  • Employee performance review process enhancement
  • Eviction prevention strategies evaluation

When to apply

We take applications in January and February.

Current openings for the graduate fellowship program

High school internships

  • Work at the library or through the STEP-UP and BrookLynk programs
  • Get hands-on work experience for pay
  • Do work such as answering phones, working a reception desk and small project work

STEP-UP Achieve


Hiring process

After you apply

  1. Once you submit your application you’ll get a confirmation email immediately.
  2. After the application deadline Human Resources reviews applications for minimum qualifications for the job. We may do additional screenings.
  3. You’ll get an email stating whether or not you’re moving ahead in the process. This usually happens within one week after the application deadline.
  4. The hiring manager reviews applications and invites candidates to interview.
  5. Candidates interview for the job.
  6. The hiring manager makes an offer to a candidate.

If you’re offered a position

You must pass any required check before the job offer is final. Applicants with convictions are not automatically disqualified. Each case is reviewed individually. For questions call 612-348-7855.

Required checks may include:

  • Criminal background check
  • Driver’s license check
  • Psychological test
  • Drug or alcohol test
  • Language assessment for jobs requiring bilingual skills

The hiring manager will confirm your benefits, pay, start date, and other details.

New employees 

  • Attend new employee orientation
  • Fill out forms for taxes, work authorization and benefits registration
  • Serve a probationary period for 6-12 months depending on the job or work area

Jobs open only to internal applicants

Some jobs are open only to employees who already work at the county. Internal job openings clearly state internal applicants only.

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office employees

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office employees must meet standards for personal cleanliness and appearance. This includes grooming, tattoos, scars, and body piercing. Sheriff’s Office personal appearance policy (PDF)

Veterans preference

By state law, we follow a process for granting veterans preference to qualified applicants. The law is the Minnesota Veteran Preference Act.

Veterans preference applicants must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien. 

They must also meet one of these criteria:

  • Have a discharge under honorable conditions from the U.S. military
  • Have served on active duty for 181 or more straight days, or for the full time ordered to active duty, or have a discharge for disability while on active duty
  • Are the spouse of a deceased veteran
  • Are the spouse of a disabled veteran (the veteran's disability disqualifies them for the position)

Applying for veteran's preference status

Attach a copy of the DD214 or other proof clearly stating the length of active service and type of discharge to your job application. The form counts toward all jobs you apply for at the county.

Special career training: Pathways programs

In collaboration with our community partners, Pathways programs are designed to train people in fields that are in demand. Fields include 911 dispatch, health care clerical, human services, and building operations. You will get training, work experience and support. This can lead to a job at Hennepin County or with other employers.

Participants are typically people experiencing barriers to getting better jobs. Barriers can include lack of college degree, criminal history or skills that don’t match the job market.

Learn more

Please call Project for Pride in Living at 612-455-5300 for more information and to check availability of the office specialist, health care clerical, human services, building operations, and property appraisal pathways. Program offerings and schedules vary. 1-hour information sessions are held every Monday at 9 a.m.

Project for Pride in Living (PPL) 
1021 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Metro Transit buses 2, 5, 9

For more information about the 911 dispatch pathway, contact:

Mai Xiong

Our commitment to the regional workforce

Learn more about Hennepin Pathways’ contribution to the regional economy

Recruiters and job fairs

County recruiters

Talk to a recruiter to see if we are the right employer for you. Job seekers are free to contact us.

Jessica Damm

Email Jessica at

  • Public health
  • Health insurance
  • Healthcare providers
  • Information technology
  • Accounting and finance
  • Communications
  • Research, planning and evaluation
  • Real estate records
  • Customer service
  • Elections

Laura Miller

Email Laura at

  • Human resources
  • Facilities
  • Office administration
  • Environment and energy
  • Road and bridge construction
  • Economic development
  • Transportation planning
  • Engineering

Aaron Taylor

Email Aaron at

  • Civil and criminal law
  • Corrections and rehabilitation
  • Human services
  • Law enforcement
  • Library
  • Social work

Job fairs where you can meet a county recruiter

Check back for upcoming events.

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