ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The State of Arizona Internship Program – “Arizona Interns-In-Action” – has opportunities available at over 45 State of Arizona government agencies that enthusiastically support the program (see the State of Arizona Agency Internship Directory for a complete listing). “Arizona Interns-In-Action” is an internship program that will provide valuable on-the-job experience that enhances intern learning in the enrolled area of study at the respective college or university. The program has been developed to help students gain practical training and hands-on real world experience to satisfy educational goals while preparing for a professional career. The “Arizona Interns-In-Action” will:
- Develop the next workforce generation
- Create goodwill among universities and colleges
- Offer meaningful assignments accompanied by adequate supervision
- Integrate interns into the organizational culture
- Document learning objectives between the state agency and their intern to provide clear direction and targeted goals
According to Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) guidelines, an unpaid internship must meet the following conditions:
- The training, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to that which would be given in a vocational school.
- The training is for the benefit of the intern.
- The interns do not displace regular employees, but work under close supervision.
- The employee that provides the training receives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern and, on occasion, operations may even be impeded.
- The interns are not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period.
- The employer and the intern understand the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in training.