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Internships with U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services

Friday, August 17, 2018

United States Probation and Pretrial Services Internship Announcement

The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Massachusetts accepts internship applications from individuals interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice, social services, law, or other related fields.

Internships provide an excellent opportunity for students presently enrolled in criminal justice or related programs to gain experience in a criminal justice setting. Students learn about and/or participate in all phases of the process: pretrial and presentence investigations and pretrial and post-conviction supervision. Students assist officers, attend hearings, and become familiar with investigation and supervision practices, location monitoring, speciality programs, evidence based practices, and general office operations.

Probation Officers serve the Court and routinely work with U.S. District Court staff; defense counsel; the U.S. Attorney's Office; federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies; state probation; correctional institutions (prisons, jails, residential re-entry centers); treatment providers; and community resource programs. Among many competencies, they must possess excellent interpersonal, communication, investigation, and writing skills as well as supervision skills to assist defendants and offenders with need areas and behavior change, while monitoring their compliance with Court ordered conditions.

Students interested in completing an internship with the U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office should contact their faculty representative to determine their academic requirements. Students may work a minimum of 8 hours up to a maximum of 40 hours per week, depending on academic course level, requirements of program of study, and office need at the location to which the student is assigned.

Applicants selected must submit to a criminal record check and background investigation, conducted by the U.S. Probation Office. Interns will be expected to comply with all policies and procedures of the U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office and the U.S. District Court and to complete required internship documentation.

The internship program is available at each of the U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office locations: Boston, Springfield, Worcester, Lawrence, and Taunton.

Those interested in applying for an internship position should complete the Application for Participation in Internship Program and submit via mail, fax, or email (contact the office of choice for email address).