College Internships

Internships are a great way to gain work experience and academic credit and lay the foundation for your future career. The Port of Long Beach offers paid internships to college undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of fields:

  • Business Development
  • Communications and Community Relations
  • Construction Management
  • Design
  • Environmental Planning
  • Engineering
  • Finance
  • Government Relations
  • Human Resources
  • Information Management
  • Maintenance
  • Master Planning
  • Program Management
  • Real Estate
  • Risk Management
  • Security
  • Survey
  • Transportation Planning

College internships become available on an as-needed basis.

Please click on the link below to be redirected to the Port of Long Beach’s Job Openings page.

Click here to view open positions.

If you are looking for high school internships, click here.



To qualify, internship applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled at a two- or four-year college or university OR
  • A recent graduate of a four-year college or university with plans to matriculate to a master’s or higher degree program related to the work area of the internship.
  • Applicants MUST meet the criteria specified for the open internship to be considered. Please be prepared to furnish documentation such as transcripts or other evidence of school enrollment if requested.

Selection/Interview Process

  • Once applications have been reviewed a Human Resources representative will contact those selected by our divisions for an in-person interview or a video response interview.
  • The selected candidate(s) will then go through the Port’s “onboarding” process, which includes a reference check, Live Scan fingerprinting, a medical exam, the Port of Long Beach’s oath of allegiance, and approval by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners.
  • Once all phases are successfully completed, the selected candidate will be given his or her start date and work schedule*.

*Work schedules depend on the needs of the hiring division and the interns’ availability. Typically, hours range from 20 to 29 hours per week, and internships last three to 12 months. In some cases, an internship may be extended beyond 12 months, but it may not exceed 24 months.

Interview Tips — Be Prepared

  • Expect a panel interview.
  • We ask behavioral-/situational-based questions. Take time to research the S.T.A.R. Technique.
  • Dress professionally. Like they say, “Dress for the part you want, not the part you have.”
  • Do your research. There is loads of information about the Port of Long Beach’s operations on our website; take time to learn more about the Port by researching the site.
  • Review your past job descriptions and accomplishments. Be prepared to discuss these with the panel members.
  • Be sure to review the description of the job for which you are interviewing.
  • Bringing in past presentations or projects is always a plus.
  • Come with a positive attitude and a big smile!

Learning and Development

The Port of Long Beach internship program provides comprehensive training and hands-on experience in specific disciplines. Interns receive initial orientation and are given opportunities to learn about Port operations beyond their primary duties. The Port’s Learning and Development program is an important part of our internship experience. We want all our interns to take something with them wherever their career path may take them.


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