Undergraduate applications are now being accepted for the Summer 2014 Semester.
Master level internships are not being offered for 2014/2015 school year.
For students to apply their educational knowledge to a practical experience in the Criminal Justice areas of Adult Probation and Juvenile Probation. The Department offers opportunities for Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work students at the undergraduate and graduate level.
The Adult Division provides supervision for offenders (ages 18 and up) placed on Probation by the Courts, as well as performs a number of other court-related functions. At any given time, the Adult Division is responsible for the supervision of approximately 4,000 felony offenses and misdemeanor cases. In addition to general cases, officers supervise and number of specialty caseloads including, Youthful Offender, Sex Offender, Mental Health, Community Service, Investigations, DUI/Specialized Drug and Inter/Intra-state Transfers.
The Juvenile Division provides supervision for juvenile offenders as well as performing a number of other functions such as Preliminary Conferences, investigations, Home Detention monitoring, Intensive Supervision, Family Therapy, foster, residential, and/or group home placement.
Department and division orientation sessions are required. Trained staff will provide on-the-job training. Additional training opportunities may also be available through the Department. The first 2 weeks of the internship is mandatory training.
An assigned staff person will provide ongoing supervision with consultation available from an immediate supervisor and/or the Intern Coordinator. There must also be supervision provided by the college or university in the form of a student advisor or intern coordinator.
Full time internships are preferred for a minimum of 12 to 16 weeks depending on the semester scheduled at 37.5 hours per week, with a minimum of 225 hours and available 3 1/2 days per week. Other terms are negotiable.
Evaluations will take place on a regularly scheduled basis as Department and/or college/university requirements dictate.
Typical Duties of an Intern
- Know and be responsible for policies and procedures as established by the Circuit, Department and Division.
- Prepare, maintain and close files.
- Interview offenders, victims, and police.
- Verify criminal background through computer checks, LEADS, police departments, Clerk's offices, etc.
- Provide information for and help prepare reports for the Court.
- Write case notes, and reports.
- File and deliver reports and Court documents.
- Assess offender needs and develop a plan of intervention.
- Make appropriate referrals for counseling services and community programs.
- Become acquainted with and implement different monitoring systems to assure adherence to Court orders and rules.
- Provide support to offenders, victims, families and foster parents.
- Provide crisis intervention when necessary.
- Maintain effective working relationships with other divisions and collateral agencies.
- Assist with home visits.
- Participate in agency staffing.
- Learn and apply the concepts of Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention, Effective Casework Model, and Epics Model.
- Conduct structured office reports.
How to Apply
Complete the Intern Application Form and sign the Background Check release form online, print them out, sign them, and mail or fax; contact information is listed below.
Probation and Court Services
18th Judicial Circuit - DuPage County
Phone - (630) 407-8348
Fax - (630) 407-8501