The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Massachusetts, a division of the United States Courts, is accepting applications for unpaid internships from students interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice, social services, law or other related fields.

This is an excellent opportunity for students presently enrolled in criminal justice or related programs to gain “hands-on” experience in a criminal-justice setting. Students will participate in the criminal-justice process at the presentence and supervision stages. Students will attend sentencing hearings, may be afforded the opportunity to witness behind-the-scenes activities relating to the sentencing process, and will become familiar with the presentence investigation process and with the supervision of offenders on probation, parole, supervised release, home detention and electronic monitoring.

Probation Officers are multi-skilled career employees who work with the legal profession (defense attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys), law-enforcement agencies (FBI, DEA, Secret Service, U.S. Customs, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, police agencies, sheriffs’ offices, etc.); correctional institutions (prisons, jails, contract halfway houses, etc.) and the U.S. District Court. They are required to possess a knowledge of human behavior in the counseling and supervision of offenders to change behavior, while ensuring the protection of society.

During the presentence stage, the Probation Officer conducts an investigation into the defendant's background and prepares a report for the sentencing judge. The Probation Officer also prepares a recommendation detailing what he/she believes is the appropriate sentence for a particular defendant. During the supervision stage, the Probation Officer acts as a broker/provider of human services by assisting the offender in obtaining employment, counseling for drug/alcohol problems, marital and financial problems, etc.

Students interested in performing an internship with the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office should contact their faculty representative to learn about their program requirements. Students may work a minimum of 8 hours up to a maximum of 40 hours per week, depending on their academic course level, the requirements of their program of study and the availability of the U.S. Probation Officers to which the student is assigned.

Applicants selected must undergo a criminal records check and background investigation which are conducted by the U.S. Probation Office. Students will be expected to comply with all of the policies and procedures of the U.S. Probation Office and the U.S. District Court and to execute the required documentation.

The internship program is available with the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office in Boston, Massachusetts. There may also be internship opportunities in the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Offices in Springfield, Worcester, Lawrence, and Taunton.

If you are interested in applying for an internship position, complete and mail or fax the Application for Participation in Internship Program. (see link below). If you wish to email your application call the respective office for the email address.



U.S. Probation
United States Courthouse
Suite No. 1-200
1 Courthouse Way
Boston, MA 02210
Attn: Thomas O'Brien, U. S. Probation Officer
(617)748-9185 (fax)


U.S. Probation
499 Essex Street
2nd Floor
Lawrence, MA 01840-1269
Attn: Lisa Dube, U. S. Probation Officer
(978)689-9067 (fax)


United States Courthouse
300 State Street
Suite 130
Springfield, MA 01105-2920
Attn: Irma Garcia-Zingarelli, Senior U.S. Probation Officer
(413) 785-6920
(413) 781-9484 (fax)


104 Dean Street
Suite 102
Taunton, MA 02780
Attn: Fred Lawton, U.S. Probation Officer
(508)884-3460 (fax)


595 Main Street
Room 302
Worcester, MA 01608-2076
Attn: Tim King, U.S. Probation Officer
(508)929-9938  (fax)

Intern Application Form