C2C Program Description

The College to County Mentorship Program provides college students of underrepresented communities with internships at Multnomah County. The goal of the program is to expose participants from diverse backgrounds to various county careers so they will consider Multnomah County for employment once they graduate. Read more about the purpose of the C2C program


Students are chosen for their solid academics and leadership potential. The program offers three months temporary employment working on county projects, systems or processes.  Participants will

  • learn about the knowledge, skills and abilities required to secure positions in their assigned project area
  • become familiar with the county’s recruitment process  
  • gain a greater appreciation for public service.

Formal and informal performance evaluations are conducted during the program as well as documentation and final program evaluation.

To date all county departments and many offices have participated in C2C. See this year’s program position descriptions


Mentorship is a key activity of the program as students carry out assignments and develop the soft skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Training and support for both the mentee, mentor and participating county organization is provided by a coordinator through each stage of the program.

C2C Program Success

C2C has operated since 2010 and mentorship opportunities and student participation has grown from four participants to over 100. Several students have found part-time employment during the school year and nine graduates have been hired into full time county employment.


For more information contact Trisa Kelly, 503.988.7357 or trisa.kelly@multco.us.