The internship program provides university students majoring in the human services or criminal justice fields with an opportunity to apply their educational knowledge to a practical experience in the criminal justice system.
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, sex offender, domestic violence, mental health, first offender, investigations, DUI (including SCRAM) specialized drug, and inter/intrastate 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 and Detention Screening & transport.
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: exceptions of attendance, need prior approval.
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 required for each semester applied for. Hours of operation are 8:00am-4:30pm; M -F. Interns must commit to a minimum of 3 days work week, totaling 30 - 37.5 hours, which will be determined by the needs of the department. Please note: Due to the COVID - 19 Pandemic, hours and days of work are subject to change.
Evaluations will take place on a regularly scheduled basis as Department and/or college/university requirements dictate.
During Your Internship you will:
- Assist with home, school and field visits
- Participate in agency staffing meetings
- Conduct structured supervision reports
- Learn and apply the concepts of Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention and The Effective Casework Model
- Provide crisis intervention when necessary
- Know and be responsible for Department policies and procedures
- Prepare and maintain case files
- Interview offenders and victims
- Help prepare Court reports
- Write case notes after meeting with offenders
- Assess offender needs and develop a plan of intervention
How to Apply
Applications for the Spring 2024 Internship Program are now closed.
Complete the Undergraduate Internship Application and Background Check Release Form, sign them, and mail, fax, or email them to:
Department of Probation and Court Services
ATTN: Probation Internships
503 North County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
Probation and Court Services
18th Judicial Circuit - DuPage County