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Frequently asked questions

An internship gives you the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Develop new skills and refine others
  • Apply knowledge gained from coursework to on-the-job situations
  • Reality-test tentative career choices
  • Meet and work with professionals, establishing contacts for letters of reference and networking
  • Experience new work environments
  • Earn money for tuition or expenses

LEAP (Learn-Experience-Accomplish-Progress) is a paid summer internship program returning in 2022. This program is available to students 18 and older who are enrolled in school at least half-time at the time of application. The program is designed using a cohort model, which includes classroom time and rotations into several DCBS divisions for each of the interns.​

Yes. Anyone who meets the minimum qualifications and can show eligibility to work in the United States can apply.​

GPA is not a factor under consideration.​

Once the recruitment closes, candidates can expect some form of contact within approximately 30 days.

The interview process for LEAP is similar to the one we use for permanent DCBS positions. The first round of interviews will be virtual interviews done using the applicant’s computer and a webcam or mobile device. This allows us to hear from a much wider variety of candidates than traditional in-person interviews for the first round. Final candidates will be invited to the Labor and Industries Building for in-person interviews.​

The LEAP program is a paid internship with a salary of $14.75 per hour. The program is not designed to fulfill specific requirements for course credit. If you want to pursue course credit opportunities, discuss this with your academic advisor.​

The worksite for LEAP is the Labor and Industries Building at 350 Winter St. NE in Salem, Oregon. ​

Interns will be provided with a parking pass for the first day. After that, parking will be your responsibility. As a temporary state employee, you are eligible to participate in the Smart Commuter Program, which provides two free parking passes to employees that use public transportation for their work commute more than half of their work days in a month.

This is not an all-inclusive list, but some of the qualities we are looking for include:

  • Positive attitude
  • Enthusiasm
  • Self-starter
  • Team player
  • Involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • Paid or unpaid work experience
  • Desire to learn what it means to be a public servant
  • Willingness to learn and apply new skills
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Contact us

Department of Consumer and Business Services
350 Winter Street NE
Salem, OR 97309-0405

Fax: 503-378-5969​​