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Internship Career Opportunities

Tip Sheet for Applying

Graduate student interns are welcomed and valuable participants in the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation's (OVR) efforts to serve Pennsylvanians with disabilities.

The internship enables students to acquire knowledge and experience in the areas of federal laws and regulations, state policy and procedure, and counseling and case management while completing the internship requirement for a university Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling program.

Statewide Internship Opportunities

OVR continually accepts applications for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern positions (job code 44825). OVR seeks outstanding applicants who share a commitment to helping individuals with disabilities to achieve employment outcomes consistent with a customer's unique strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.

VR counselor internship positions exist throughout the state in 21 District Office locations of the OVR. There must be a VRC vacancy in a district office for a paid intern to be hired for that district office. Actual internship locations throughout the state are identified as current counselor vacancies occur. Several internship appointments are made during the course of a 12-month period.

Pennsylvania residency is not required to apply. Securing a paid internship has become a competitive process as OVR recruits nationwide.

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Internship Salary and Benefits

The OVR internship opportunity provides paid, professional work experience of a training nature in a highly structured 16-week internship followed by eight weeks to complete the probationary period. Interns work full time and earn $19.42/hour (Pay Schedule 5 Step 1) with full benefits such as vacation, sick leave, health insurance, group life insurance, and other employee benefits. Interns in OVR's Philadelphia and Norristown district offices earn $21.09/hour (Pay Schedule 5 Step 5). If you successfully complete the internship and obtain your graduate degree, you may then serve an additional 2 months as an Intern to complete your probationary period, and be promoted to Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with an increase in salary to $49,076 per year (Pay Schedule 7 Step 1) or $53,594 per year (Pay Schedule 7 Step 5) if working in Norristown or Philadelphia.

Minimum Requirements

At the time that you apply, you must be enrolled in the final year of a master's degree program in rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation education, or rehabilitation administration. You must apply the semester prior to the final semester of your master's degree program. Application dates are listed below:

  • Spring Internship: Provide date of August 1st on the application
  • Summer Internship: Provide date Jan 1st on application
  • Fall Internship: Provide date of March 1st on the application

There is no written examination associated with this classification.

Necessary Special Requirements

At the time you start the internship, you must be enrolled in the final semester of the appropriate master's degree program.

Application Process

You should apply at the beginning of the semester prior to the final semester of your master's degree program. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Intern, information on how to apply for Pennsylvania Civil Service positions and further information on employment opportunities can be obtained by contacting the State Civil Service Commission at

Upon a conditional offer of employment, Interns will need to submit a supplemental form from your department chairperson verifying that you are in good academic standing and expected graduation date.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


If you have questions about OVR internship opportunities, please contact Hattie McCarter, OVR's Recruitment Specialist at: (717) 787-2521 voice or via e-mail at