Interns Only - Housing Specialist Intern

This is an unpaid internship opportunity.

The City of Arlington is offering an internship opportunity in the Housing Authority. This department works with applicants and program participants to determine eligibility for rental assistance for low income households.  Under the direction of the supervisor, the student will provide assessments for applicants and program participants to determine eligibility for the program.  In addition, they will perform non-clinical counseling to families to enrich personal development; coordinate with community resources; build professional working relationships with applicants, participants, property owners, property managers and community organizations.



  1. Assess needs and coordinate/refer participants to various community services.
  2. Assist in determining eligibility for program services based on federal and/or state guidance and regulations, and program policies.    
  3. Organize and facilitate activities planned to enhance the psycho-social development of participants and to accomplish program goals and objectives.
  4. Review Federal guidelines and regulations relevant to assigned activities.
  5. Communicate with low-income, special needs populations.


The student will:

  • Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
  • Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments to staff.
  • Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
  • Engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills in practicum.
  • Demonstrate professional demeanor in behavior, appearance and communication in the organization.
  • Practice tolerance in resolving conflicts.



The student must be enrolled in the University of Texas Social Work School working on a Bachelors or Master’s degree in Social Work.



  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Ability to motivate and encourage change for the benefit of the participant.
  • Ability to obtain knowledge of pertinent local and federal regulations governing various housing programs.
  • Ability to assess current programs and assist in developing new programs aimed at enhancing social development of individuals.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to receive detailed information through oral and written communication.
  • Ability to perform a variety of physical skills including, but not limited to, seeing, sitting, writing, stooping, and lifting.
  • Ability to operate a variety of office equipment including, but not limited to, personal computer, copier, telephone, and fax machine.


Additional Information

The location of the Internship will be at the Arlington Housing Authority.  The Internship hours will be maxed at 40 hours per week. 



Julie Hall, Housing Coordinator,


How to Apply

Please apply online at and select internships. Please notify the above contact person once you’ve completed the application. Also, please submit a letter of Interest and/or a Resume to the above contact person.

If you need assistance with completing the application, please reach out to Human Resources at 817-459-6869.