Career Development

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City of Hillsboro Internship Program
The City of Hillsboro strives to connect students with valuable experiences, such as internships in local government. Our program pairs each intern with a mentor that helps guide them in potential career options for their future and introduces them to career opportunities they may not have considered. These internships are paid and range from a few weeks to one year in duration. Internships are hosted yearly in Planning, Human Resources, the City Manager's Office, Parks & Recreation, and many more departments!


Year-Round Internships
Internships are available throughout the year for high school students and students in college, university, or graduate programs. These internships may be paid or for academic credit, range from 10 weeks to 1 year, and will provide opportunities to network with professionals in your field of study. For high school students, these internships can align with the Hillsboro School District College & Career Pathway Program and the Hillsboro Chamber School to Career Program.

Summer Internships
Summer internships are offered to students in the PCC Future Connect Program, the Youth Advisory Council, and students in other programs of study. Summer internships are built to provide first time work experience in the public service sector. All City departments host an intern for 10-12 weeks and a series of professional development workshops and tours are provided to offer a well-rounded view of how departments work together. For a list of 2016 summer intern bios, click here.

Interns are considered part-time employees, and are not eligible for medical or dental benefits or paid leave such as vacation, personal leave, or holidays. Benefits that are provided include:

  • Tri-Met pass for duration of placement
  • Membership to Shute Park Recreation & Aquatic Center
  • One hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked
  • Bilingual interns (Spanish/English) who use both languages for the position, can earn additional 3%
  • Professional development opportunities such as resume writing, interview workshops, and online training

Contact Us for More Information

For more information about internships, please email our Workforce Development Team, or call 503-681-6455. 

Job Training Program

Job Training Opportunity Program (JTOP)

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The JTOP program started in early 2013 and came from our strong desire to encourage creativity while serving our constituents. With one-third of Hillsboro residents speaking a language other than English at home, we recognized that JTOP could help us to accomplish a Hillsboro 2020 Vision Plan priority: to celebrate and build on our City’s diversity.

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Hillsboro’s Job Training Opportunity Program (JTOP) includes temporary entry level customer service assistant positions in various departments. These positions are specifically for individuals who are bilingual in English and Spanish and have some experience working with a diverse population. They are part time (20 hours per week) and 6 months in duration. Recruitment for these positions happens one time per year, in early fall, and are posted at the City’s job page.

The program gives our talented, bilingual citizens the opportunity for work experience and training that could inspire a career in public service, while giving the rest of community the advantage of excellent customer service, in part through the addition of Spanish-speaking employees. For many JTOP participants, the program creates an opportunity to work in city government that might not otherwise have come about.

The JTOP program brings out the best in our community not only by providing our citizens with excellent customer service, but by respecting our City’s diverse voices and ideas.

If you are interested in being placed an on interest list to learn when the recruitment process is open, email our Workforce Development Team or call 503-681-6455.

Read more about the JTOP program in the Statesman Journal.