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Internship opportunities at Clackamas County Resolution Services

Clackamas County Resolution Services(CCRS) has a long history as a learning and teaching community, committed to the development of the field and the training of professionals. With interns on staff, Resolution Services is able to serve more families in need. CCRS values the contribution of interns on our staff as an essential component in our commitment to rigorous examination of our work.  Resolution Services offers two internship opportunities: the Advanced Family Law Internship, and the Self-Designed Internship.

Advanced Family Law Internship

Focus: Domestic Relations Conciliation and Mediation, and other services

Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in or graduate of a master’s level program in the law or a behavioral science. Preference is given to students in their final year of a masters’ program, and to professionals already practicing in a related field.
  • Preference is given to those who have completed a basic mediation training and have some mediation experience.
  • 16 hours per week.
  • September through May.

Features:

  • Interns initially observe staff, then co-counsel and/or mediate, and then carry their own cases (under supervision).
  • Conduct in-person and telephone intakes and orientation to the mediation process.
  • Provide information and referral to the public.
  • 1 hour per week individual supervision.
  • 2 hours per week group supervision and education.
  • Meets the education requirements under Chief Justice Order No. 05-028 for advanced domestic relations mediation training.
  • Meets the experience requirements under Chief Justice Order No. 05-028 for domestic relations mediation.
  • Training and supervision is augmented through the use of a one-way mirror and videotaping of sessions (with client consent).

May also include, depending on intern interest and program need:

  • Observation and co-training in the Parent Education Program.
  • Observation and co-training to youth and adults on conflict resolution and peer mediation.
  • Research.

The interview process and timeline

Our internship selection process is competitive. Resolution Services is committed to ensuring that each intern has a satisfying experience with an ample caseload and opportunity to work with a variety of RS programs and staff, and as such we are regretfully unable to accommodate all who are interested. Accordingly, we limit our internship openings to a maximum of 4 in the Advanced Internship per academic year.

Interviews are generally held in April for the following fall internship. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest which summarizes the reasons the candidate wishes to seek an internship with RS, along with a completed CCRS Internship Application and a resume. Applications are accepted through March 31 prior to the April interview process.

All candidates who submit an application and accompanying materials will be notified by Resolution Services staff whether they have been selected for an in-person interview. Interviews are conducted by a panel of CCRS staff including at least one current or former intern.

The application and materials should be addressed to Internship Committee, Resolution Services at our mailing address, or submitted electronically to rs@clackamas.us.

There is no application fee.

Application for Advanced Internship.

Wait Pool

RS maintains a wait pool of intern candidates. The wait pool consists of (1) candidates whose applications were received after the March 31 deadline, (2) candidates who submitted an application but who were not selected for an in-person interview, and (3) candidates who were interviewed in-person but not offered an internship slot. If an internship slot becomes available, CCRS staff will review the candidates in the wait pool for possible interview and/or selection, and will contact the candidate(s) at that time.

Self-Designed Internship

Resolution Services also offers self-designed internships. These are usually project-focused, and can vary in length. The availability of these internships is dependent on the availability of staff to supervise the intern. No particular educational preparation is required for participation in a self-designed internships typically, self-designed internships are sought by students enrolled in high school or college and professionals or others wishing to do a research project or get some specific practicum experience.

Applications for Self-Designed Internships are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest which summarizes the reasons the candidate wishes to seek an internship with CCRS, along with a completed CCRS Internship Application and a resume, addressed to Internship Committee, Resolution Services.

The application and materials should be addressed to Internship Committee, Resolution Services at our mailing address, or submitted electronically to rs@clackamas.us.

Application for Self-Designed Internship.

Internship Fees

Interns who are currently enrolled part-time or greater in an academic program leading toward a degree (in a subject matter related to the internship) are not charged a fee. All other interns are charged a fee based on the kind of internship they participate in:

Advanced Family Law Internship: $2,000.00 (for the academic year)

Self-Designed Internship: fee varies according to student/professional status, duration of internship, and other factors.

Payment of Fees: One half of the internship fee is due by September 1 prior to the commencement of the internship. The second half of the internship fee is due by the following January 1.