Internship: Testing Laboratory Assistant

Hennepin County
Internship 40 per week $21 Per hour MN Hennepin County Community Correction - Probation and Parole, 300 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55487, United States


Join the Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR) as a Testing Laboratory Assistant Intern. The intern will work with laboratory assistant’s and medical laboratory technicians to gain knowledge and experience.  This position will support the duties and functions of our testing lab. This will include the collection and testing of urinalysis samples for the Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation collection of DNA samples for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

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Location and hours: 
This position is onsite at the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487 and the Probation Center North 4336 Lyndale Avenue North Minneapolis, MN. The hours of the drug testing lab are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The work schedule will vary to meet these needs and will not exceed 40 hours per week. This internship is intended to start in June 2024 and last through August 2024, with the potential to extend. Based on current requirements, hires must reside in or relocate to Minnesota or Wisconsin. 

About the position type: 
This is a full-time limited duration, non-benefit earning internship.
This position is internally classified as an Intern II.
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This position requires direct observation of male clients submitting urinalysis, so being male has been determined to be a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ), therefore this position must be filled by a male applicant.

Note: You must attach a resume and cover letter with your application to be consider for this position.

Duties are designed in order to provide work experience that meets the department's needs and complements the student's educational program. 

In this position, you will:

  • Collect specimens from patients for both DNA and urinalysis testing. 
  • Register patients, customers, and input test data into computer systems. 
  • Properly identify, label, process and distribute specimens. 
  • Accept orders, schedule testing, report results and communicate other information using multi-line telephone. 
  • Respond appropriately to internal and external customer needs. 
  • Maintain work area and supplies. 
  • Comply with safety regulations and work rules. 
  • Teach specimen collection/specimen processing/client services processes and procedures to employees and students. 
  • Explain processes and procedures to patients, customers, and their families. 
Need to have:
One of the following:
  • Current enrollment in a technical/vocation, associate or bachelor's degree program in laboratory science, biology, chemistry or another related field.
  • Recent graduate (within 6 months) in a technical/vocation, associate or bachelor's degree program in laboratory science, biology, chemistry or another related field. 
  • Completion of biology or chemistry college courses.
Nice to have:
  • Experience:
    • In a clinical laboratory setting. 
    • Administering urinalysis for the purpose of drug testing.
    • Working with chemically dependent clients.
    • Handling highly confidential client medical information.
    • Working in a lab setting using a drug testing specimen analyzer.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Basic laboratory procedures, terminology and correct specimen collection procedure.
    • United States of America criminal justice system.
  • Ability to:
    • Communicate clearly with others.
    • Provide customer service.
    • Work as part of a team.
    • Develop and maintain interpersonal working relationships with patients, customers, their families, and members of the healthcare team.
    • Work effectively with an increasingly diverse client population.

About the department:
The Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation works to enhance community safety, promote community restoration, and reduce the risk of re-offense. Department staff and volunteers serve Hennepin County at more than 20 service locations ranging from correctional facilities to probation reporting offices and occupational training centers, delivering sustainable correctional services to more than 26,000 adult and juvenile clients. It is the largest community corrections organization in Minnesota. Learn more at .    

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
Your future. Made here.
This posting may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, and limited duration vacancies.

Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Final candidates may be required to complete a drug test that may include testing for cannabis and/or a criminal background check. 

If you have any questions, please contact:
Jeffrey Smith-Sharp