New Mexico Office of the Governor: State Personnel Office

New Mexico Office of the Governor

State Personnel Office


Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference). (Note: We are currently working in a hybrid model.)

TIME ZONE: Mountain Time

WORKING HOURS: The internship can be done with a large degree of independence, and time zones are not relevant.

INDUSTRY: Federal / State / Local Government

ABOUT US: The State Personnel Office is responsible for the administration and oversight of the classified service personnel system which consists of approximately 18,000 state employees from approximately 68 executive state agencies, boards and commissions. A comprehensive system of human resource management is achieved through the integration of five functional areas which are administered by the State Personnel Director with oversight by a five-member State Personnel Board.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: Manage the internship program for the state, training, grass roots recruitment are all possibilities

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Our agency has a total of 30-35 employees, all on a hybrid schedule. Opportunities for connecting on Zoom meetings at this time as well as in person. Culture is professional, focused yet flexible.


  • Access to high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Personal laptop
  • Web Camera
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)

2021 Intern Reflections:

This summer, I am interning at the New Mexico State Personnel Office, which is responsible for promoting and managing job opportunities across my home state. After an initial meeting aiming at brainstorming ideas with the coordinators of the program at the state office, we decided to focus on a project intended to offer New Mexico state interns the opportunity to work with mentors, meet policymakers, and connect with fellow interns. My mentors and I created a calendar of events for the interns, with events including weekly coffee chats to guest speaker series, for interns to maximize their time at the internship. My mentors and I have at least one weekly check-in to assess the goals of the internship and set goals and expectations for the week ahead. My mentors have been incredibly open to my ideas and suggestions and plan to organize this project, the summer internship program, for interns in the years ahead.

- Ahmad Alsheikh

2020 Intern Reflection:

At the New Mexico State Personnel Office, I have been working mainly in two fields: state employee recruitment, and in DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion). For recruitment, I have helped develop informational materials for state hiring managers that promote bias-free recruiting and cultivating a diverse pool of applicants. In DEI, I have been working on building curriculum for a three-part anti-racism training that will be available to New Mexico state employees.

Although the internship is remote, office culture is still lively. The full State Personnel Office gathers for all-staff meetings multiple times each week, cultivating a warm and inclusive environment. One nice surprise has been that the SPO treats interns like normal employees, and they give me a lot of autonomy with my projects.

-Jasmine Parmley '21

2019 Intern Reflection:

This internship has offered me an opportunity to learn about my home state in unique way that I couldn’t emulate elsewhere. In this office- that handles oversight and human resources for many agencies of the state- every task I have completed as an opportunity to learn more about these agencies their operations. Working closely with Director Pamela Coleman really 'makes' this internship. She has offered flexibility but guidance on how to contribute to the tasks of the office in a way that is instructive and meaningful. In most recent example of this, I am now working closely with the state’s internship program coordinator to coordinate an Intern Summit which will gather all New Mexico State Interns to connect with each other and current Cabinet Secretaries.

Omar Cano '22

Santa Fe, NM