INTERN - Social Security Disability Application Advocacy Intern
County of Sonoma - Santa Rosa, CA

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Summary: The Sonoma County Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking an intern to assist clients applying for disability status with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Many homeless and indigent people qualify for cash assistance through Social Security but are unable to navigate the complex application process without help. As these clients face special challenges and are often unable to complete this process by themselves, HSD provides advocacy and support for the SSA application process. The intern would learn the issues and methods involved in this process by assisting our staff in providing this support.

Specific Tasks/Responsiblites: The Social Security Disability Application Advocacy Intern will assist the incapacitated General Assistance population in the following areas: fielding client questions via phone and direct client contact; researching medical conditions, limitations of medical conditions and requesting medical records; coordinating with medical providers in the community; filing on-line appeals and coordinating with the Social Security Administration's disability division, sending/receiving client correspondence, document management, and general clerical duties. The Special Medical Evaluation Worker, who works routinely with this population, will be a resource for the intern, and an Eligibility Supervisor will provide supervision and support.

Opportunities: To apply textbook/classroom knowledge to a professional working environment, develop skills in client advocacy through direct client contact, increase knowledge and understanding of medical conditions, gain experience in working with physically and mentally incapacitated individuals, and provide a community service by assisting one of the most in-need populations. The services the intern provides will assist disabled individuals in becoming self sufficient.

Required Skills, Abilities, Educational Levels, and Other Necessary Qualifications: College Student (undergraduate or graduate) in good standing with major in Social Science, Human Services Advocacy, Health Care, Business Administration, Liberal Arts or any similar area of study.

We're seeking someone that can commit 8-16 hours a week for 1 semester or 6 months between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you are interested in this internship please apply today!

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Current enrollment in a full-time or part-time academic or vocational curriculum at an accredited college or university.

Experience: None required.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including necessary endorsements may be required to perform the essential functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Strong organizational skills, computer literacy, internet navigation, analytical skills, experience working with disabled individuals, and strong communication skills are highly desired.

Selection Procedure:
Applications and supplemental questionnaires will be reviewed to ensure candidates meet the minimum requirements for the position. Candidates possessing these requirements will be referred to the department for further consideration. The hiring department will contact candidates who appear to best meet the requirements and needs of the position and take further steps in making a selection for the internship.
If selected, students must show proof of student status and course of study by one of the following:
Course registration material
Certificate of Postgraduate Program requirements
Internship registration
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Employment
Interns are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation and sick leave; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Interns may not work in excess of 1560 hours in a twelve month period.

Background Information:
A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.
Additionally, a pre-employment medical examination, including a drug screening, may be required prior to employment.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted on-line at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.
The County of Sonoma is committed to a policy and actively pursues a program of equal employment and non-discrimination.
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HR Technician: JW

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