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  • 511358
  • Full-time
  • Internship
  • Part-time
  • Temporary


The mission of the Office of the Arizona Secretary of State is to provide services throughout the state to:
• Preserve our history;
• Promote engagement; and
• Protect the future
The office strives to achieve this mission by being trusted, accessible, innovative, and secure.



Job Location:

Address:  1700 W. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $14.08 

Grade: 04

Closing Date: Open until filled a sufficient number of resumes are received. 

Job Summary:

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office Fall Internship Program provides students who are interested in public service the opportunity to spend up to 6 weeks (September 14 to October 26, 2022) working with the Elections Division.

There are two different projects the Elections Division is seeking interns to assist with:

Referendum Petition Processing Project
Did you know that voters can prevent a bill passed by the legislature from becoming law by collecting signatures from registered voters to place the issue on the ballot? Arizona law requires the Secretary of State’s Office to complete a careful review of the referendum to determine if it qualifies for the ballot. This program will run from September 14 through October 26. Some of this internship will be in-person with remote options available.

Logic and Accuracy Test Preparation Project
A vital part of the election security landscape is Logic and Accuracy testing. The Secretary of State’s Office is required by law to conduct testing on a portion of each county’s tabulation equipment. Interns who are part of this process will assist with preparing the test decks. All of this work must be conducted in-person and the program will run from September 16 through October 11, with the option to join the Referendum Processing Team at the conclusion of this project.

The Elections Division is looking for students who want to learn about election administration and support the referendum review process leading up to the 2022 election. An intern with the Elections Division, will learn about election administration and the application of state law through either or both of these projects. Flexible scheduling is available with a minimum of 20 hours must be dedicated to the process.

Students, recent graduates, or those simply looking to learn more about public service and witnessing democracy in action are encouraged to apply.

- Interns will be paid $14.08 per hour over the course of 6 weeks. No other benefits will be provided.
- Interns will be expected to be available a minimum of 20 hours a week. However, the onboarding/training period in the first week of the referendum petition project will be less hours.
- Typically, overtime pay is available for those who are able to work more than 40 hours in a week. However, hours and availability may change.
- It is at the discretion of the respective school to provide academic credit. Interns interested in obtaining academic credit for the internship are responsible for coordinating with their schools directly.

Application Process:
- Applicants must submit a resume. Your resume must include your anticipated graduation date if you are currently a student.
- If you are qualified, our office will follow up with a brief written and phone interview.
- Applications for the 2022 Fall Internship will be considered on a rolling basis. We are anticipating hiring up to 20 interns for the Referendum Petition Processing Project and 10 interns for the Logic and Accuracy Test Preparation. However, this amount may change based on the amount of hours each intern is able to dedicate to the internship.

Job Duties:

- Basic clerical tasks
- Review documents for accuracy

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

- Knowledge of basic office professionalism
- Basic knowledge of policy, government, public administration, or law
- Skill in active listening, critical thinking, using logic and reasoning to approach problems
- Ability to work effectively both within a team and as an individual
- Skill in basic computer navigation
- Ability to be extremely detail-oriented
- Ability to adapt to changes in processes or responsibilities
- Ability to remain objective and non-partisan while serving as an intern under the Arizona Secretary of State

Selective Preference(s):

- Ability to come into the physical office for the first few weeks of the internship is preferred
- Must have consistent home internet access and access to a computer if interested in remote work
- Coursework in public policy, public administration, government, or law is preferred
- Demonstrated interest in public service

Pre-Employment Requirements:

- Possess a valid state picture ID
- Ability to participate part-time for the duration of the selected project length
- Be at least 18 years old
*Graduating high school seniors may also apply and will be considered if space is available.


N/A - Interns are not eligible for health benefits.

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


N/A - Interns are not eligible for retirement membership.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Human Resources at humanresources@azsos.gov or 602-541-6170 for assistance.


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.