Front Office Internships

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Earn while you learn by working in an office setting that exposes you to office procedures and the dental industry.

The San Mateo County Office of Education and the San Mateo County Dental Society are working together to connect 11th and 12th grade students with office internship opportunities at dental offices across San Mateo County. 

Pay Rate: Minimum wage for the city where the office is located
Dates: 4-6 week internship with open dates
Hours: TBD, 20 hours a week
Location: TBD

Seeking students that:

Show up on time
Proactive and self-motivated
Follow directions including oral and written instructions
Open to learning
Must have a way to get to the office

Entry level tasks include:

  • Filing, photocopying, scanning
  • Stocking shelves
  • Taking inventory
  • Maintaining a neat waiting room with adequate reading materials
  • Coffee/lunch runs & local errands
  • Greeting patients
  • Helping create a pleasant environment and patient experience

 Increase responsibility as intern’s confidence grows:

  • Answering phones
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Seating patients
  • Ordering supplies
  • Assisting dental auxiliary staff as permitted
  • Attending to patient comfort before and after treatment
  • Providing patient educational and post-treatment instructions

Instructions to Apply:

  1. To apply, click here.
  2. Fill out your name and email to get started.  Then click "Go to form."
  3. You will then see the electronic form. Make sure you completely fill out all the mandatory fields in red. Any field in yellow is optional. Here is a guide to help you applyStudents should indicate which internships they are interested in at the top of the application under "specific internship name." List every internship of interest under one application (i.e. students may apply for 1, 2, 3 or more internships so long as they are all listed).
  4. Once you have added all the information on the application, click the big red "Submit form" button.
  5. Next you will be prompted to type in your teacher's full name and email for a teacher recommendation. Double check that the teacher email is correct. Make sure to ask your teacher if they are willing to fill out a recommendation for you.
  6. Click "Send to this recipient" to finish your application portion for the internship.

A notification email will be sent once you have successfully uploaded your application.


Please feel free to contact CTE Director Dr. Vera Jacobson or CTE Coordinator Tina Smith.

Vera Jacobson

Director, Career Technical Education (CTE)


Phone: (650) 802-5605

Tina Smith

Coordinator, Career Technical Education


Phone: (650) 802-5457

Katia Sturtevant

Administrative Assistant


Phone: (650) 802-5481