Student Employment


While most positions at the Port of Los Angeles are secured through the City of Los Angeles civil service process, the Port’s Human Resources Division directly hires summer interns, student workers, student engineers and student architects.

Students

Student Workers (Year-round)


The Port of Los Angeles Student Worker Program provides a unique opportunity for experiential learning, networking and personal development for undergraduate and graduate students. Prospective student employees must:

  • Be a university or community college student
  • Maintain at least 12 quarter units or 9 semester units
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (3.0 for graduate students)
Ideal student employee candidates are expected to be motivated, responsible, punctual and committed. Students may work up to 20 hours per week and should be available Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Community college students, university freshmen, sophomores and juniors earn $16.10 per hour. University seniors and graduate students earn $17.74 per hour.

Applications for student worker positions are accepted year-round and filled throughout the year. Students interested in applying must submit a Student Worker Questionnaire, along with a resume or city application, to [email protected].

For more information, please call the Port’s Human Resources Division at (310) 732-3480.

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Student Engineers and Student Architects (Year-Round)


Student Engineers/Architects assigned to the Port’s Engineering Division may assist Engineers/Architects in the preparation of plans and specifications for projects involving grading, pacing, storm drain systems, sewer systems, roadways, buildings, wharves, transportation studies, marine facilities and other engineering duties, including making copies, scanning documents, processing shop drawings and record drawings, preparing plans for permits and coordinating with other agencies.

Student Engineers/Architects assigned to the Port's Construction Division may provide support to Construction Managers during various phases of construction in data entry, reviewing plans and specifications, reviewing and preparing cost estimates, attend meetings and preparing minutes, processing shop drawings, writing memorandums and change orders, conducting field investigations and other special projects. They may also provide support to the Test Lab Team by performing material tests in the field and in a lab to ensure materials meet quality standards.

Candidate must be of at least sophomore standing and maintain a minimum of 9 semester units or 12 quarter units at a recognized college or university. Candidates must also have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (3.0 for graduate students). It is preferred the candidates have at least one year remaining before graduation. Working knowledge of AutoCAD is required.


Ideal student employee candidates are expected to be motivated, responsible, punctual and committed. Students may work up to 20 hours per week and should be available Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Student Engineer/Architect I: $19.70 per hour. University sophomore enrolled in a bachelor degree engineering or architecture program having completed one year of engineering or architecture coursework.  
  • Student Engineer/Architect II: $20.77 per hour. University junior enrolled in a bachelor degree engineering or architecture program having completed two years of engineering or architecture coursework.
  • Student Engineer/Architect III: $22.02 per hour. University senior enrolled in a bachelor degree engineering or architecture program having completed three years of engineering or architecture coursework.  
  • Student Engineer/Architect IV: $31.25 per hour. Graduate student enrolled in a graduate level engineering program.
Applications for Student Engineer/Architect positions are accepted year-round and filled throughout the year. Students interested in applying must submit a Student Worker Questionnaire, along with a resume or city application, to [email protected].


For more information, please call the Port’s Human Resources Division at (310) 732-3480.
 

Dress Code Policy

As representatives of the Port of Los Angeles, the personal appearance, quality of customer service, and positive attitude of all employees, including student workers and interns, are essential to creating and maintaining a positive work environment and a favorable public image. This dress code policy sets a standard to ensure that our personal appearance is always appropriate and professional. Attire is considered appropriate if it is the right image to portray before a customer or the public on a given day, and on a given work assignment. Some examples of inappropriate attire are jeans, flip-flops, tank tops and shorts.