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King County HERO Internship Program
HERO Program places eligible vets in approximately 30-hour a week internships offering them a chance to experience working in local government. The program offers paid internships to qualified veterans, along with support services tailored to men and women re-entering the civilian workforce or joining for the first time.
Veterans will be matched to their experience and career interests. Given the high levels of unemployment for veterans activated in the last decade, recruitment efforts target newly returning veterans.
What you gain as a HERO Intern
- Opportunity to identify transferable skills and how they apply to civilian work
- Career exploration
- Support and guidance from a HERO mentor on staff who is also a veteran
- Linkage to community services
- Resume and job search assistance
- Improved access to King County employment
- Shared internship experience with a group of fellow vet interns
- A structured and supportive transition experience
- Competitive salary
- Technical job training and guidance on workplace behavior, competencies, individual responsibilities and development of occupational skill sets
What is involved in the internship?
The HERO Program is open to military veterans who meet program qualifications. After a competitive selection process, each participant will receive an hourly wage for approximately 30 hours of work per week for approximately six months. Interns are provided a comprehensive support plan, including connections to other community resources for veterans. During and after their stint, HERO participants will receive one-on-one assistance in writing their resume and searching for jobs. They will also receive help applying for any King County job openings for which they qualify.
Internships are designed to expose participants to the dynamics of working in a specific field by using real-life applications. Internship responsibilities vary according to the hiring department. All internships match participants with a county employee who is also a veteran to mentor and serves to help minimize barriers existing around translating military into civilian skills. Through the internships, participants will have increased knowledge of and access to existing County jobs.