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  • Internship


Your Partner For A Stronger Arizona.

DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure.

DES serves more than 3 million Arizonans Our Mission is to make Arizona stronger by helping Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance for those in need, and care for the vulnerable.


Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)

Job Location:

Address:  Statewide Opportunities

Posting Details:

Salary: $28,000.00-$30,000.00 

Grade: 04

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Summary:

Would you like to be part of an amazing culture that helps Arizonans reach their full potential through temporary assistance? Do you want to work on meaningful and impactful projects to make a difference? The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) would like to invite you to come join us where you can find more than just a job. You will gain invaluable industry and organization knowledge through daily business interactions and job assignments; in addition to engaging in projects that directly affect our business, interacting with senior leaders in conversational settings, and networking with employees and interns across our programs and divisions.

Why Should You Apply?
Our Internship program has been developed to help students and qualified jobseekers gain practical training and hands-on real-world experience to satisfy their educational goals while preparing them for a professional career. We have opportunities available within the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) and are eager to work with students who are committed to service, community, and teamwork.
•Internship may be paid, unpaid, part-time or full-time.
•Typical 12 weeks full-time, 40 hours/week during vacation period.
•Provides structure work experience relation to a student’s major and/or career goal.
•May receive academic credit.
•Mentorship and on-going feedback.
•Part-time up to 39 hours/week or less during university.
•Offered Summer semester (May-August); Spring Semester (January-April); Fall Semester (August-December).
•Offers experience that can be one academic term (Summer, Spring, Fall) or multiple academic terms in length.
•Opportunities for employment. 

Job Duties:

The position will report directly to a Manager within the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) and will offer a student work experience in their field of study. This experience will be valuable to a student as a means of allowing them to experience how their studies are applied in the “real world” by touching vulnerable citizens’ lives and making a difference.

In consultation with the with Field Instructor, the Bachelor of Social Worker (BSW) Intern develops a learning contract that outlines the Core Competencies performance expectations, learning goals, methods of achievement, and standards of measurements in all the required areas. The BSW Intern meets on a weekly basis with the Field/Task Instructor to review field tasks and learn about the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) policies, protocols, and organization structure. The BSW Intern provides support to the Field DDD Support Coordination Unit and prepares for an entry-level generalist social work practice with the individuals, families, agencies, and communities.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

•Skilled in using various computer systems (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, databases, etc.)
•Skilled in oral and written communication, including being effective with both internal and external customers.
•Skilled in research and analysis.
•Ability to learn and understand how to interpret large quantities of written material.
•Ability to learn to elicit accurate data from a variety of sources.
•Ability to learn how to organize and manage case files.
•Ability to learn how to document case files and information.
•Ability to maintain confidentiality.
•Ability to obtain and maintain a Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card.
•Ability to obtain and maintain an Arizona State Driver’s License.
•Ability to travel for In-State Business.

Selective Preference(s):

•Candidate must be actively enrolled in an undergraduate program pursuing a degree in Social Work.
•Candidate must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA
•Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired state employees
•Successfully pass background and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency’s ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

•In-state travel is required. This position requires possession of and ability to retain a current valid state-issued driver’s license appropriate to the assignment. Employees who drive on state business are subject to driver’s license record checks, must maintain acceptable driving records, and must complete any driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-10-207.12). Employees may be required to use their own transportation as well as maintaining valid motor vehicle insurance and current Arizona vehicle registration; however, mileage will be reimbursed.
•Employees shall have a valid Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card issued pursuant to A.R.S 41-2758.07 in order to work with children and vulnerable adults.
•Candidates for this position shall be subject to a search of the Child Protective Services Central Registry pursuant to A.R.S. 8-804.


Not eligible for benefits.

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


Not eligible for retirement benefits.

Contact Us:

Apply through azstatejobs.azdoa.gov.

For questions about this career opportunity, please call Kari Nagler at 480-536-2513 or email knagler@azdes.gov. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 480-536-2513.

Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.