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  • 506265
  • Full-time
  • Internship
  • 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: $12.80

Grade: 04

Closing Date: Open until filled

Job Summary:

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office Initiative Internship Program provides students who are interested in public service the opportunity to spend 6 weeks (June 27 to August 8, 2022) working with the Elections Division.

Did you know that voters can propose new laws or amend existing laws 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 initiative petitions to determine if they qualify for the ballot.

The Elections Division is looking for students who want to learn about election administration and support the initiative review process leading up to the 2022 election. An intern with the Elections Division, will learn about the application of state law through the initiative process. Interns will contribute to the team by assisting with the processing of initiative petitions. There will be in-person as well as remote processing requirements, and an intern must be available for both.

Students or recent graduates interested in public service and witnessing democracy in action are encouraged to apply.


- Interns will be paid $12.00 per hour over the course of 6 weeks. No other benefits will be provided.
- Interns will be expected to be available 40 hours a week. However, the onboarding/training period before the initiative filing deadline may be less hours.
- Typically, overtime is available during the processing period. However, hours and availability may change based on the amount of initiatives and signatures actually filed.
- 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 and a cover letter that addresses why you want to work with the Elections Division and the Initiative Internship Program. Your resume must include your anticipated graduation date.
- Applications for the 2022 Summer Internship will be considered on a rolling basis with a cutoff date of June 1, 2022. We are anticipating hiring 60 interns for our summer program. However, this amount may change based on the anticipated and actual number of initiatives filed.

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):

- Coursework in public policy, public administration, government, or law is preferred
- Demonstrated interest in public service
- Ability to work overtime, such as during weekend and evening hours.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

- Possess a valid state picture ID
- Enrolled at, or a graduate of, a university, community college, or technical school (Proof of enrollment or degree will be required upon hire)*
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
- Ability to participate for training at varying times from June 27 – July 6, full-time (Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) from July 7, 2022 to August 4, 2022, and for wrap up presentations on August 5, 2022.
- Be able to come into the physical office for the first few weeks of the internship
- At least 18 years old
- Must have consistent home internet access and access to a computer for remote petition reviewing

*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.