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Client Services or Communications/Marketing

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona


United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Central Arizona works to advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with disabilities. UCP provides comprehensive services to individuals more



About the Internship


Help individuals with disabilities and their familes to realize richer and fuller lives without limits. You may choose from 3 positions invovling client services and communications/marketing and mix and match service activities to best match your interests and meet direct-service course requirements. Please see HOW TO APPLY info below the three position descriptions.

A high quality developmentally appropriate learning environment serving children ages six weeks to five years with and without disabilities. The center has low staff to children ratios to allow children to be engaged in learning opportunities within age and developmentally appropriate groups. The ELCi s accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The result is a higher standard of care requiring the center to focus on key components such as: positive relationship building; a creative curriculum promoting learning and development in the areas of social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive skills; assessment of child progress by ongoing systematic, formal, and informal assessment approaches; and promoting healthy nutrition choices for children.

The ELC is designed to prepare the child physically and emotionally for school. What sets the ELC apart is the inclusive environment of typical and special needs children which fosters social acceptance at an early age. In addition, through collaboration with UCP’s therapy program, children attending the ELC are able to receive occupational, speech, and physical therapy during their program day.

Under the supervision of UCP ELC teachers, you will provide direct service to children in the program who are disabled, reside in a low-income household or a child in the foster care system and will be responsible for the following:

  • Participating in small and large group activities such as reading to the children
  • Completing crafts, doing finger plays and singing.
  • In addition, interns are responsible for assisting the teachers in preparing for activities and crafts such as cutting and gluing.

DIRECT SUPPORT PROFESSIONAL (Laura Dozer Center & Day Treatment Adult Center)
Assist and engage with members participating in our Day Treatment and Training  programs (DTT) for children and young adults (ages 3-21) using community activities to help members develop skills that they can use in their daily living. Examples of community engagement activities include but are not limited to: Visits to Community Centers, Local Parks, Local Libraries, Tours, Shopping, Restaurants, Bowling, Mini Golf, Challenger Space Museum, Jumpstreet.

Children ages 3–17 attend DTT at the Laura Dozer Center, while young adults, ages 18 and up attend at the Day Treatment for Adults Program, located on Williams and 17th Avenue. The most support is needed in the children's program, but we will do our best to accommodate your interests and allow you to serve predominantly in one or in both programs.

You will engage members in community activities supporting members to be actively involved and develop their social, coping and life skills. Essential Functions:

  • Deliver services according to UCP’s mission, vision and value statements
  • Treat members with respect and encourage self-determination
  • Contribute to all aspects program service delivery by interacting with members and being an active participant in all related activities
  • Use appropriate behavior management techniques(Article 9 training) with members
  • Communicate effectively and professionally with staff, funding source, members and their families/guardians
  • Demonstrate and model a professional presence (appropriate language, initiative, respect, punctuality, manners, maturity, consistency) and appearance
  • Handle difficult situations with a positive attitude by actively seeking problem resolution, and creative solutions.
  • Attend staff meetings and training required by UCP

The Communication & Marketing Department is meant to grow UCP’s audience, promote engagement particularly from parents, and encourage supporters to respond to calls to action through donating or engaging in advocacy. One of the major challenges that UCP of Central Arizona has faced as an organization is getting the message out to the general community about the importance of the services that we provide. You will assist the Department in furthering community awareness, therefore enhancing the reach in the community to provide comprehensive services to children and adults with disabilities.

You will be responsible for activities and projects, utilizing social media platforms, creative designs, compelling imaging, with a content-rich and engaging environment that will advance the efforts of the Department through engagement with the community and its stakeholders at UCP of Central Arizona. Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Social Media Management:

  • Create and implement social media tactics to increase audiences in UCP’s social media accounts; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter Google+, and YouTube.
  • Develop communication strategies to improve user engagement and drive action across all major platforms.
  • Coordinate social media content, including: planning, scheduling, posting.
  • Maintain daily contact with UCP’s followers through commenting and liking for personalized engagement.

2. Revamp UCP’s Messaging
Revamp program descriptions with a compelling message and use of stories through research from observation, interviewing, direct communication with stakeholders and other methods to grasp the full mission of UCP. Assist with developing a unified message for UCP’s branding.

3. Engage in UCP’s programs and services
Through direct observation and engagement with the UCP members, families and staff; draft and gather information that will be archived in UCP’s digital database and used for current and future use based on needs. Some examples of information to gather are as follows:
   •Success stories
   •Staff testimonies
   •Educational articles
   •Statistical data
   •Call to actions

Please send resume and cover letter to the attention of Human Resources, attention Dionne Hackett, HR Sr. Staffing Specialist at .

  • The cover letter should be the body of your email and resume should be attached.
  • In the subject line, please put “Communication/Marketing Internship Application.”
  • In your cover letter, include why you want to intern for UCP of Central Arizona, how this internship relates to your educational and career goals, and a favorite “fun fact” about yourself.
Population Served:

Since 1952, UCP of Central Arizona has assisted countless individuals with disabilities and their families.  Those served have disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down syndrome, developmental delays, and learning and development delays in areas of daily living skills, health maintenance, personal care and behavioral development.

Community Need:

UCP is committed to creating possibilities and nurturing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. To accomplish our vision, we’ve become a leader in providing therapies, independent living services, inclusive and integrated educational based programs, innovative social opportunities, and basic research. We also bring support to families as they face the daily challenges of raising a child with a disability and hope for Life Without Limits for their son or daughter.

Community Impact:

UCP of Central Arizona serves over 5,000 families on an annual basis. At UCP we know the challenges families in the community face when an individual has a been diagnosed with a disability.  In all of our programs we strive to alleviate some of those challenges to the members and families by providing resources, education, training and social emotional support to those impacted in the community.  Our goal is to impact the community to ensure that every individual has an opportunity to live a life without limits.