AZ DPS

Internship Questions and Answers

Below is a detailed list of frequently asked questions pertaining to our internship program with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  Please click on any question for an answer.


 

 

What are the minimum qualifications?

  • Must possess a valid drivers license
  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Enrolled in vocational or college program
  • No felony convictions

 

What internship positions are available?

During advertised periods the following positions may be available.

  • Crime Laboratory
  • Informational Technology
  • Emergency Management
  • Creative Services

 

Are internships paid positions?

  • Unless specifically stated internships are not paid positions.

 

What is the applications Process?

  • Read the information and contact the sponsoring supervisor, listed on the bottom of the informational page.
  • The advertised Internship may have additional requirements listed under supplemental questions.
  • If you meet the requirements an interview may take place and you will be directed to an application page, if qualified.

 

How long will the Internship last?

  • Typically internships follow the summer (May – August), spring (January – April) and fall (August – December) sessions. Special circumstance may arise whereupon the internship may be extended to meet project goals. In this special circumstance the length of the internship will be determined at the beginning of the internship.

 

Do I have to be a United States Citizen to be an Intern?

  • No. You must have legal authorization to work in the United States.

What are things that can disqualify me from the selection process?

  1. DRUG USAGE
    • MARIJUANA: Illegal use of marijuana more than 20 times total or more than five (5) times since the age of 21, or at any time within the past three (3) years.
    • DANGEROUS DRUGS/NARCOTICS/VAPOROUS SUBSTANCES: Illegal use of dangerous drugs, narcotics, or vaporous substances more than five (5) times total or more than one (1) time since the age of 21, or at any time within the past seven (7) years.

      Dangerous drugs and/or narcotics include hashish, cocaine/crack, amphetamines/barbiturates, anabolic steroids, LSD/acid, PCP/angel dust, magic mushrooms, etc.
    • PEYOTE/MESCALINE: Illegal use of peyote or mescaline as described in Section I.B. above. (Exception: The use of peyote/mescaline is permitted if for bona fide religious ceremonies.)
    • HEROIN: Use of heroin at anytime.
    • SALE, PRODUCTION, CULTIVATION, OR TRANSPORTATION FOR SALE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS.
    • PATTERN OF ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.

  2. THEFT OR MISAPPROPRIATION OF PROPERTY:
    • Any demonstrated pattern of habitual theft.
    • Any theft while serving in a position of trust.

  3. ACTS CONSTITUTING A FELONY:
    • The conviction of any act which would constitute a felony in the state of Arizona, regardless of the time element.
    • The conviction of any act of domestic violence.

  4. FRAUD OR MISREPRESENTATION:
    • Any intentional attempt to practice any deception or fraud in:
      • The employment application.
      • The various testing processes.
    • Failure to properly complete the application.

  5. DRIVING RECORD:
    • More than one serious traffic violation (D.U.I., reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident) within the last 5 years.
    • Any serious traffic violation (D.U.I., reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident) within the past 3 years.
    • Any recent demonstrated pattern of excessive traffic violations (for positions that require operation of a motor vehicle).

  6. CREDIT
    • Any demonstrated pattern of indebtedness over an extended period, which has resulted in repossessions or foreclosures or submission of bills to a collection agency (for position of Officer).

Are tattoos, body art and body alterations allowed?

Tattoos, body art and body alterations on the hands, exposed chest area, neck or anywhere on the head, ears, face, tongue, mouth or teeth are prohibited. (with the exception of a single piercing in each ear lobe that does not create holes or pulling of the skin) Requirements may be more stringent for employees in uniform.

Moderate visible tattoos on other areas of the body, including forearms, are permitted unless classified as unauthorized or prohibited by this policy. Body art and body alterations on areas other than the head, ears, face, tongue, mouth or teeth shall be covered and not visible while employees are on-duty, representing the Department or working off-duty in a law enforcement capacity.

Tattoos, body art or body alterations depicting initials or acronyms representing criminal or historically oppressive organizations and symbols likely to incite a strong negative reaction in any group are prohibited. Candidates for employment with prohibited tattoos, body art or body alterations shall be disqualified from the employment process. The following list includes, but is not limited to, the type of tattoos, body art or body alterations that are prohibited:

  1. Depictions of violence.
  2. Swastikas.
  3. Pentagrams.
  4. Initials and acronyms such as but not limited to AB, KKK, and SS.