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 Resource Division directly hires summer interns and student workers.

Students

Student Worker Program


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 $15.23 per hour. University seniors and graduate students earn $16.77 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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Summer Internship Program


The application period for the Port of Los Angeles 2019 Summer Internship Program is now closed.


The Port of Los Angeles will accept resumes for the 2020 Summer Internship Program during March 1-15, 2020. Applications received any other time will not be considered.

The Port’s Summer Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for experiential learning, networking, and personal development for undergraduate and graduate students. Placement assignments are made based on a combination of factors, including the needs of the participating divisions, the intern’s skill set and availability in the expressed area of interest.

Interns may work 20 hours per week and should be available Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., for a continuous 10-week period in the summer (as early as May to as late as September). Community college students or university freshmen, sophomores or juniors will be paid $15.23 per hour. University seniors or graduate students will be paid $16.77 per hour. Seniors must submit a letter from their school attesting to their senior status. 

From March 1-15, 2020, applicants should submit the Summer Internship Application Form, a resume and a copy of the most recent unofficial college transcript to [email protected]. Incomplete submissions or applications received any other time will not be considered.

Internship requirements: 
  • Ideal intern candidates cannot be related to Port employees
  • Are expected to be motivated, responsible, punctual and committed
  • Must be community college or university students
  • Must be returning to school in the Fall
  • Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (3.0 for graduate students)
  • Adhere to the Department’s Dress Code Policy (see below)

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

View Application

Students at the Port of LA

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.