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Probation Department Intern

Internship 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 various cities throughout Orange County.

Functions of Agency/Department:

The Probation Department plays a crucial role in the Criminal Justice System. The department operates four juvenile institutions and supervises adult and juvenile criminal offenders who have been released into the community, under Court restrictions. The Probation Department performs various functions designed to reduce crime, assist the Courts, promote productive lifestyles and aid victims.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

Interns primarily work with juvenile offenders in one of the County's Juvenile Institutions or Youth Reporting Centers. Responsibilities may include: Tutoring, recreational activities, social programs, situational counseling, mentoring, and assisting staff with other assignments that focus on juvenile offenders. In addition, students may be placed with a deputy probation officer in a field assignment. The Orange County Probation Department offers interns an array of experiences that will enhance learning and prepare them for careers within the criminal justice field.

Educational Requirements:

Interns must be enrolled in an accredited college/university. Preferred fields of study include: Criminal Justice, Law, Human Services, Psychology, Social Work, Social Services, Social Ecology, Sociology, Education, Child and Adolescent Development or related fields.

Students or recent graduates who are not enrolled in an academic fieldwork/internship class may apply for a volunteer position with the Orange County Probation Department. Please Click Here for more details.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

The ideal candidate has an interest in the criminal justice system.

Time Commitment:

Each college or university will determine the length of required service hours. Time commitments typically coincide with the academic semester or quarter. Weekday, weekend and evening hours are available.

Benefits Available to Intern:

Interns are considered part of the Probation team and gain practical work experience that complements their academic studies. 

Application Process:

Minimum requirements for applicants:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must be a legal U.S. resident
  • Must posses a valid Social Security card and driver's license or valid government-issued identification card
  • Must not be on any form of probation/parole or pending criminal charges (probation/parole history must exceed one year)
  • Must test negative for tuberculosis

Steps to becoming a Probation Intern:

  • Attend a mandatory volunteer information meeting (see schedule information listed below)
  • Complete an application and obtain reference forms
  • Provide resume, non-official college transcripts, certified copy of birth certificate and proof of auto insurance
  • Provide results of tuberculosis test
  • Attend two interviews
  • Take fingerprints via Live Scan
  • Pass a background investigation, which may take up to four months to process

Volunteer information meetings are scheduled throughout the year at 1001 South Grand Avenue in Santa Ana, CA 92705. Call (714) 667-7730 for additional information. Click here to obtain a meeting schedule.