Student Worker Para Professional Senior - Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Intern

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Apple Valley, MN, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Working Title: Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Intern

Job Class: Student Worker Para Professional Senior

Agency: Department of Employment and Economic Development

  • Who May Apply: This vacancy is open for all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 02/01/2024
  • Closing Date: 012/04/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Employ & Econ Development Dept / Employ & Economic Dev-AFSCME
  • Division/Unit: Rehabilitation Services / RS VR Field SVS X
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift, 8:00am to 4:30pm
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $18.26 - $22.26 / hourly; $38,126 - $46,478 / annually
  • Classified Status: Unclassified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 207 - Technical/AFSCME
  • Work Area: Alexandria, Anoka/Blaine, Apple Valley, Bloomington/Chaska, Rochester
  • End Date: This position is expected to last 600 hours
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible: No
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: No

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

The length of your internship will be dependent on the program requirements of your master's degree internship.

This position works in DEED’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) division, which empowers Minnesotans with disabilities to achieve their goals for competitive, integrated employment and career development. You’ll be part of, and contribute to, a lively and energetic team with a positive internal culture. Share your passion for this work and fulfill your internship requirements in your pursuit of a rewarding career providing services to individuals with disabilities.

Under the guidance and direction of Intern Supervisor(s) as assigned, the Counseling Intern will work with Vocational Rehabilitation participants by learning and performing all duties of a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. The duties of the Counseling Intern shall include but are not limited to conducting assessments, developing an employment plan, and providing guidance and follow-up services that help the individual successfully obtain and maintain employment. Under the guidance and direction of the assigned Intern Supervisor, this position will identify intensive and necessary services for both transition age youth and adults through the coordination and provision of services within VRS policy and procedures. This position will help identify community resources for success in employment.

VRS has offices across the State of Minnesota.

Metro: Blaine, Minneapolis South, Minneapolis North, St. Paul, North St. Paul, Bloomington, Chaska, Brooklyn Park

Greater Minnesota: Bemidji, Brainerd, Hibbing, Grand Rapids, Alexandria, St. Cloud, Duluth, Cambridge, Crookston, Moorhead, Rosseau, Thief River Falls, Fergus Falls, Monticello, Apple Valley, Hutchinson, Marshall, Willmar, Rochester, Winona, Austin, Fairmont, Faribault, Burnsville, Shakopee, Mankato, Worthington, Woodbury

  • Immediately hiring for the following location(s) for 2024 Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters**
  • Alexandria
  • Anoka/Blaine
  • Apple Valley
  • Bloomington/Chaska
  • Rochester

During the application process, you will be able to choose your preferred location(s). While some locations may not be immediately hiring, please add all preferred locations for consideration now or for future openings.

This position will be open on a continuous basis until posted end date or until all positions are filled.

Minimum Qualifications

To receive credit for your education and experience, your resume should clearly describe how you meet each minimum and/or preferred qualification listed, including dates of employment.

To be eligible for an appointment as a Student Worker Para Professional Senior, you must be enrolled in a Master's program in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Students may be “off” for the summer or for one (1) semester/quarter and remain employed as a student worker, but such absences cannot exceed one (1) semester/quarter in a year. If you are enrolled at a credit-granting institution, you must carry at least six (6) semester/ nine (9) quarter credits. If you are enrolled at a non-credit granting institution or one (1) that only offers one (1) credit per class, you must be taking two (2) or more classes per semester/quarter. Any lesser credit (class) load will be treated as a semester/quarter off. Graduate students must be enrolled in at least two (2) courses or making progress on a dissertation. You will be asked to complete an Educational Verification form prior to appointment.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in:

  • Providing employment related services for persons with disabilities (i.e., job placement, special education work coordinator or case manager, case aide/paraprofessional).
  • Working with youth and/or adults with disabilities.
  • Providing career exploration and planning and/or employment related services.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with diverse populations such as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and Native American individuals.

Ability to communicate in a second language (specifically Deaf and Hard of Hearing-American Sign Language, Somali, Hmong, or Spanish).

Our employees are dedicated to ensuring cultural responsiveness. Preferred candidates will have a variety of experiences working effectively with others from different backgrounds and cultures.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

Resumes of all applicants to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you. Employee reference checks will be conducted on all finalists. This may include a review of documentation related to job performance and education. It includes contact with the applicant's current and/or former employers.

A Criminal Background Check will be conducted on all finalists for this position. A criminal conviction will not automatically remove you from consideration for employment.

When the position requires travel and the applicant drives a state owned or leased vehicle, a driver's license record check will be conducted.

Must be legally authorized to work in country of employment without sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H1B status).

How To Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. For additional information about the application process, go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.

If you have questions about the position, contact Sarah Beaverson at sarah.beaverson@state.mn.us.

The Department of Employment and Economic Development is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer, and encourages all qualified candidates to apply for job opportunities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application and search tools, please contact Karen Lilledahl at Karen.Lilledahl@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance is needed.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us and indicate what assistance is needed.