Website Southern California Association of Governments

A paid internship at SCAG offers students practical work experience, providing them with an opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with experts/colleagues in their academic field of study. Under general supervision, an Intern at SCAG will perform a variety of routine administrative and technical duties in support of a department, which may include researching, writing, and presenting reports and recommendations.

SCAG is currently seeking 2 interns in the Human Resources Division, supporting our Organizational Development and Culture teams.

The Human Resources Division consists of eight full-time professionals who support approximately 175 employees and serve as a strategic resource to the Agency. The Human Resources Division champions SCAG’s culture and is committed to fostering an equitable and empowering employee experience. As a mission-driven organization, SCAG is committed to attracting and retaining talent who embody SCAG’s values.
Organizational Development

The Organizational Development intern will assist the Organizational Development team in developing SCAG’s Learning and Development framework and provide support to employee recognition efforts. The intern should possess strong communication skills and basic knowledge of organizational development and learning and development practices.

The Culture Intern will work closely with the Culture team to enhance SCAG’s talent acquisition strategy and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness (IDEA) efforts. The intern should possess strong communication skills and basic knowledge of talent acquisition and DEI practices.

Internships will approximately begin late-July and will be limited to a maximum of 29 hours a week for the duration of the internship (499 hours). Interns are expected to work at least 15 hours per week.

SCAG is deeply committed to embodying the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and advancing racial equity throughout the Southern California region. SCAG encourages applications by members of all underrepresented groups.

As a mission-driven organization, SCAG is committed to attracting and retaining talent who embody SCAG’s values. SCAG’s workforce is passionate and committed to innovation that improves the quality of life for all Southern Californians. When you join SCAG, you can expect a culture where collaboration and teamwork is fostered.

SCAG operates as a hybrid organization because we recognize that work can be successfully performed in various locations. Designing a work environment and culture where SCAG’s mission, effectiveness, and collaboration can be more flexibly served demonstrates our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by supporting work-life balance for our employees, retaining our existing dedicated staff, and increasing access to new talent pools.

As part of our Work@SCAG hybrid approach, employee’s eligibility in the three work models (office, hybrid, remote) will depend on the department, position, responsibilities, and duties. All work models require employees to work from a location based within the SCAG region.

SCAG’s COVID-19 Prevention Program, which includes our vaccination policy, can be found here.

In this role you can expect to:

Organizational Development

  • Support Learning and Development framework development by researching best practices and identifying potential course topics
  • Support IDEA training & education subcommittee by researching and developing content for blog posts and cultural observances
  • Support SCAG’s recognition programs including monthly Catalyst awards and redesign of Annual Awards process
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Support redesign of talent acquisition strategy including integrating DEI best practices, establishing partnerships with community-based organizations to attract talent, supporting enhancements to SCAG’s employment branding efforts.
  • Support Talent Acquisition team in coordination of recruitments, including targeted advertising efforts
  • Support IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness) analysis, research, and communication
  • Other duties as assigned

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: An undergraduate or graduate student who is currently enrolled in a university or community college taking classes toward a Human Resources, Business, Communications, Industrial and Organizational psychology or Organizational Development, or Behavioral Science degree, or who has graduated within the previous 12 months.

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