Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling Intern

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Minnesota, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 1, 2024

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.

Working together to improve the state we love.

What do Minnesota's State employees have in common?

  • A sense of purpose in their work
  • Connection with their coworkers and communities
  • Opportunities for personal and professional growth


As an employee, you'll have access to one of the most affordable health insurance plans in Minnesota, along with other benefits to help you and your family be well.

Your benefits may include:

  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 12 paid holidays each year
  • Low-cost medical, dental, vision, and prescription drug plans
  • Fertility care, including IVF
  • Diabetes care
  • Dental and orthodontic care for adults and children
  • 6 weeks paid leave for parents of newborn or newly adopted children
  • Pension plan that provides income when you retire (after working at least three years)
  • Employer paid life insurance to provide support for your family in the event of death
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance that can provide income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury
  • Tax-free expense accounts for health, dental, and dependent care
  • Resources that provide support and promote physical, emotional, social, and financial well-being

Support to help you reach your career goals:

  • Training, classes, and professional development
  • Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid website at studentaid.gov)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for work/life support:

  • A voluntary confidential program that helps employees and their families with life challenges that may impact overall health, personal well-being, or job performance
  • Common sources of stress can be addressed through the EAP: mental health, relationship challenges (personal and work), grief and loss, finances, and legal issues
  • Daily Living/Convenience Services: Chore services, home repair, trip planning, child/elder care