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Intern Position Description
Position Title: Probation Department Intern (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
Orange County Probation Department
Internship opportunities are available in the cities of Santa Ana, Orange, Anaheim, Westminster, Trabuco Canyon and Lake Elsinore.

Functions of Agency/Department:
The Probation Department plays a critical role in the justice system, supervising adult and juvenile criminal offenders who have been released into the community, under restrictions imposed by the court. The department performs various functions designed to protect the community, assist victims, enforce court orders and resocialize adult and juvenile offenders.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:
Interns work primarily with at-risk youth in one of four Juvenile Institutions or at a Youth and Family Resource Center. Duties may include tutoring, working with youth in sports or recreational activities, assisting with anti-drug and gang presentations, helping with career planning and job preparation and team building.

Opportunities in the following areas may also be available:
  • Serving as a case aide, to assist a Deputy Probation Officer with a caseload of probationers by checking school attendance, helping with clerical duties, and other activities under staff supervision.
  • Being a "big brother" or "big sister" to a young probationer, by providing tutoring or teaching the young person a skill.
  • Providing translation for Spanish-speaking or Vietnamese-speaking probationers or family members (and, to a lesser degree, translations in other Asian languages besides Vietnamese).
Educational Requirements:
The internship is best suited for students enrolled in an accredited college/university or recent graduates with majors in Criminal Justice, Law, Human Services, Psychology, Social Work, Social Services, Social Ecology, Sociology, Education or related fields.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:
The ideal candidate has an interest in gaining skills or exploring career options in corrections, criminal justice, mental health, social work, education or related fields.

Time Commitment:
Minimum ten hours per week for one semester or quarter. Weekday, weekend and evening hours are available, and summer internships are offered. Applicants willing to schedule additional hours or extend the duration of their internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.

Benefits Available to Intern:
Interns gain experience in working with at-risk youth and serving as a member of the Probation team. Students and recent graduates frequently select a career with the Orange County Probation Department as a result of their internship experience.

Application Process:
Minimum requirements for applicants:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must not be on formal or informal probation or parole for at least one year prior to application
  • Must not have used illegal drugs for at least one year prior to application
  • Must test negative for tuberculosis
Steps to becoming a Probation Intern:
  • Attend a mandatory two-hour General Information Meeting (see schedule information listed below)
  • Complete an application and obtain reference letters
  • Provide results of tuberculosis test
  • Attend a one-hour screening interview
  • Pass a background investigation, which may take up to four weeks to process
The General Information Meeting is scheduled once a month from 7 p.m. 9 p.m. at 1001 South Grand Avenue in Santa Ana, 92705. Call (714) 667-7730 to obtain a meeting schedule or click on this link - http://www.ocgov.com/Probation/programs/index.asp for details.