This is a learning opportunity for you to develop an understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a juvenile probation/juvenile counselor (JC). Your tenure here will expose you to as many facets of this profession as we are able.
**This is a competitive internship. CCJD accepts 2 JC interns per term. Must be a senior in a 4 year degree program and commit to 3-6 months. Longer opportunities can be created. Individual opportunities combine probation and program supervision to create unique work experience options.
- Gain knowledge and understanding of:
- Basic case management techniques while working under the supervision of a JC.
- The life of a case, from the time a police report is received from law enforcement to the eventual closing of a case.
- Specialized caseloads relative to youth referred for law violations, gang activity, drug and alcohol abuse, and sex offenses for example.
- The court process and necessary documents.
- Effective interventions and community based resources.
- Residential and closed custody options & rules governing those resources.
- Learn philosophical perspectives endorsed and implemented by the Juvenile Department, such as Best Practices and Restorative Justice.
- Observe and assist in the facilitation of a skill building group under the supervision of a skilled group facilitator.
- You must be 21 years of age and in your last year of a 4-year degree program.
- Schedules will vary, but will be agreed upon between supervising JCII and intern.
- Your supervising counselor will complete evaluations regarding your participation, both for CCJD and your university.
- The minimum length of commitment is 200 hours. An extended experience is available with proven success. Intern will complete Exit Evaluation at end of internship.
- One intern can split their time between two JCIIs, if appropriate for their experience and if JCIIs are available.
- Attendance at all in-house trainings are required before your internship is complete. These training may include: Restorative Justice, CCJD overview, Working with Youth in the Community and Crisis Prevention and Intervention if offered during internship time frame.
- Additional opportunities maybe provided, such as: Court observations, Juvenile Intake and Assessment (JIAC observation—to be schedule by Volunteer Coordinator), ride along with other counselors, Informational Interviews with other counselors, observation of Drug Court, home and school visits, observation of an intake interview or youth check-ins, completion of a reformation plan, observing one skills group (scheduled by volunteer coordinator), attend a CCJD staff meeting, and observe completion of a shelter or residential referral.
- Hours of internship will be reported to supervising counselor or Volunteer Coordinator monthly
- Dress professionally and appropriate for your shifts at CCJD. Follow the standard of your supervising counselor: Dress pants, conservative shirts/tops, closed toes shoes. No jeans.
- Use the Informational Questions and forms from orientation to learn more about the JCII role.