ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives)
- ATF interns will be exposed to the career of a Federal special agent. ATF is charged with the mission of working with state and city law enforcement to reduce violent crime in our state.
- Interns will work daily with agents and police officers who conduct surveillances and purchases of contraband.
- Interns will also be exposed to the administrative requirements of federal law enforcement.
Please note that ATF requires that you apply two terms ahead of the term you want to do your internship. If you are interested in interning with this agency, contact Dr. Danielle McGurrin before contacting ATF
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF STATE POLICE
- They have a wide variety of divisions in their office such as patrol, criminal, fish and wildlife, arson, lottery as well as sex offender registration. They can provide ample opportunities for a variety of interests.
OREGON LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION
- Note: Some OLCC positions require a criminal history background check and/or drug testing.
CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
- Intern Background checks/drug screens generally take about 6 weeks
- Indicate your interest. In past, interns have experienced detective division, ID, they offer a broad range of experience. Eager for interns interested in crime analysis.
MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
- Internship information may be found at
MULTNOMAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
- As of 9/11, MCSO estimates it will be able to accommodate 1-2 interns per term
- MCSO places interns throughout the agency including assignments in the Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Business Services Divisions. Placement opportunities may include involvement with the Training Unit, River Patrol, Facility Security, Law Enforcement or Support Records, Jail Programs, Planning and Research, and Fiscal units.
- Please be aware that successful completion of a Background Investigation and orientation must be completed prior to site assignment. Allow a minimum of two months for this process to be completed.
- Worksite locations may include:
Multnomah County Detention Center (MCDC)
Multnomah County Inverness Jail (MCIJ)
Multnomah County Courthouse (CHJ)
Multnomah Bldg (MCSO Admin)
Columbia River Patrol 4325
MCSO prefers that potential interns apply by going to www.mcso.us, click on volunteer, then Volunteer Services, then fill out the Volunteer Application form you will find there.
WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
- Student interns shadow one jail deputy for the quarter. A minimum of 200 hours are required; they recommend 10 hours per week for 20 weeks. (Please see Dr. McGurrin about these hours and their effect on your internship experience.)
- Posts the student intern will experience: Booking and intake, medical observation unit, inmate housing units, courtroom procedures, master control, and visiting lobby.
- They require students to go on two ride-alongs and encourage them to observe the K-9 units.
- They invite students to participate whenever a Tactical Negotiation Team (TNT aka SWAT) scenario opportunity arises
- This internship provides an excellent venue for future peace officers to learn how to communicate and work with an active criminal population. Search and handcuff procedures are included.
YAMHILL COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
CITY OF BEAVERTON EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
Under the supervision of the Emergency Manager or Emergency Management Coordinator, perform a wide range of emergency management functions. Depending upon assignment, the intern may perform a combination of some or all of the following duties, which are a representative sample of the level of work appropriate to this internship.
- Assist with specific projects, including organizing information, conducting research, identifying goals and objectives, managing project timelines, reporting project status, providing project documentation and preparing project reports.
- Assist in planning for emergency preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Assist in the maintenance of the City’s preparedness, emergency response and recovery, mitigation, and business continuity plans.
- Assist with the development and conduct of training and exercises to increase the City’s preparedness and ability to respond to and recover from disasters and major emergencies.
- Assist with public education and training (may include assisting with CERT training)
- May accompany the Emergency Manager or Emergency Management Coordinator at various meetings.
Licensing/Special Requirements: Positions in this classification are required to possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to meet the City’s driving standards.
Working Conditions: Daily precise control of fingers and hand movements. Occasional dealing with distraught or difficult individuals. Occasional use of protective gear or clothing. Occasional attendance at evening or weekend meetings or activities. Occasional operation of a motor vehicle on public roads for meetings and incident response.
CITY OF BEAVERTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Background check required: Allow time for background check to be completed.
A former intern said, “I really enjoyed interning with this department, the people are great and you get to be involved with some fun stuff.”
CITY OF HILLSBORO POLICE DEPARTMENT
- Process: Background check and interview required. Takes approximately 3 weeks total.
- Opportunities: Generally flexible hours available, typical business hours required for training.
- Qualifications: Interns must exhibit integrity, discretion, and good communication skills; willingness to work both in teams and independently; exhibit motivation and initiative.
- Work types: A diverse opportunity of work available depending on the skills and interests of the intern. Examples include database development; web and social media design and support; youth peer court including case development, court procedures, and follow-up; volunteer program administration assistance; community events; bicycle safety events.
CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT
- Are you looking for a meaningful internship with one of the best police departments in the Portland metropolitan area? The City of Lake Oswego offers an extraordinary opportunity to intern with our police department. Internship projects will vary according to department workload and interests of the student. If you enjoy working with the public and like solving problems while providing a superior level of customer service then this is the internship for you.
CITY OF PORTLAND – PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU
- Interns may find excellent opportunities throughout the Police Bureau.
- Having a professional attitude, an interest in law enforcement, and showing initiative are strong qualities an intern should possess if he or she wants a professional career in this arena.
- The Portland Police Bureau also has a Cadet program for college students, which potentially feeds into the Police Officer job.
- In the past (2010-11) we have placed interns in:
- Detectives Division
- East Precinct
- Fiscal Division/IT Division
- Personnel Division
- Property Evidence Division
- Training Division
- Youth Services Division
CITY OF TROUTDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT
- An intern with the Troutdale Police Department typically works on special projects combining skills of computer literacy (word, excel, powerpoint), research and writing around the law enforcement needs of the department and the community.
- Some of the projects interns have worked on include neighborhood watch programming and web page revisions.
- Internships are not always available due to the size of the department and budgetary constraints,www.ci.troutdale.or.us/police
STANDARD INSURANCE COMPANY, Special Investigations Unit
SIU Investigator Intern activities may include the following (all times estimated and subject to change):
- Assist in investigations. Conduct online and other research to assist investigators in investigating fraud cases.
- Case load. Managing a small caseload of low-complexity insurance fraud cases. Involves analysis of policy and claim facts, devising investigative plans, executing plans, conducting online research, managing private investigators conducting field work and preparing cases for law enforcement.
- Developing resources. Assist in identifying new online resources for the SIU’s intranet site, which is accessible to all company employees.
- Industry training. May participate in training courses offered by industry organizations such as the Oregon Chapter of the International Association of Special Investigation Units and the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
- Company anti-fraud training. As needed, assist in the preparation and delivery of anti-fraud training materials to integral anti-fraud personnel such as claim handlers and underwriters.
- Communicating with law enforcement. As needed, contacting law enforcement agencies and departments of insurance to obtain case status information on previously on cases previously submitted full-time investigators.
- The ideal candidate has a strong interest in insurance fraud, or more generally, white collar crime. Individuals best suited are analytical, detail oriented, fast learners, persistent and independent.
U.S. DISTRICT COURT-PRE-TRIAL SERVICES
- Availability of site: apply 6 weeks prior term
- Interns work side-by-side with officers; hands-on as much as possible
- Will go to court, meet judges and other courthouse personnel
- Experience with supervising defendants, case planning
- First week will involve lots of reading to gain understanding of what they do: manuals, periodicals, policies
- Prospective interns are welcome to learn about the program and application process at: http://orptpub.ord.circ9.dcn/
U.S. DISTRICT COURT PROBATION OFFICER
- Students must complete questionnaire & include copy of transcript when applying. GPA must be 2.75 or higher.
- Interns become familiar with the role and function of the U.S. Probation Office in the District of Oregon, and to experience many of the tasks officers perform, including: analyzing data, preparing reports, attending court hearings, interviewing offenders, and conducting office and field contacts.
LEGAL-PUBLIC: (Prosecutors, Public Defenders, Defense Attorneys, Victim Assistance)
CLACKAMAS COUNTY FAMILY COURT SERVICES
- Interns will gain general mediation overview and after sufficient experience will act as secondary mediator with staff mediator
- See program description by visiting website www.clackamas.us/fcs
COLUMBIA COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT
- Interested in giving broad overview of operations.
- We've used interns in a variety of ways at the Columbia County Circuit Court, but mostly as support staff for grants. One intern maintained a list of victims of domestic violence and called them to see if there was anything the court could do to help them access needed services. We've used interns to support our drug court programs, mentoring the clients, ensuring they understand the requirements of drug court and verifying compliance. Our dependency drug court program is unique in the state in that we have client attend treatment and life skills training 4 days a week, from Monday thru Thursday, 9 am to 4 pm. The life skills training is run by local agencies volunteering their time and expertise so there is a lot of time spent nurturing the volunteers and finding suitable classes for free. Again, another possible use of interns. The work is very "hands on" and allows the interns a chance to roll up their sleeves and really get involved in the community.
METROPOLITAN PUBLIC DEFENDER-MULTNOMAH COUNTY SECTION
- Metropolitan Public Defender (MPD) is a private, non-profit law firm committed to providing high-quality criminal defense for indigent clients.
MULTNOMAH COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
- The District Attorney's Office provides internship opportunities for university students. We invite students from any local community college or university to participate in internships that may include working directly with prosecutors, watching court proceedings, involvement in the legal process and direct contact with law enforcement. These internships are geared toward those with an interest in law school and/or the criminal justice system.
WASHINGTON COUNTY COURTS
- Prospective interns should submit their letters of interest and resumes to the trial court administrator. If there is interest, the court administrator will contact the intern.
WASHINGTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
- The Crime Victim Advocate Internship Program is designed to provide criminal justice system experience to students interested in advocating for crime victims in the prosecution of criminal cases. Students work with victims of all types of crimes including property crime, domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual abuse among others to inform them about the criminal justice system and help speed their recovery from the criminal act.
- Interns perform a variety of tasks including notification of court events/case status as well as providing court accompaniment to victims to grand jury and trial.
CLACKAMAS COUNTY JUVENILE DEPARTMENT
- Check website: http://www.clackamas.us/juvenile/ for application process
CLARK COUNTY – JUVENILE DEPARTMENT, Restorative Community Service Program
- The Clark County Juvenile Court has adopted a philosophical set of principles and values known as Restorative Justice. Restorative Justice is focused on meaningful outcomes for offenders, victims and the community.
- Two different internship opportunities are available. Both options involve working directly with juvenile offenders.
- One option is being part of a Community Accountability Board that meets with one youth at a time for a 30-45 minute restorative conversation about the harm committed and the steps needed to make amends. The outcome is a signed diversion contract the youth must successfully complete to make amends and to avoid a criminal record.
- The second option is to work as a Community Mentor with youth, usually in groups, alongside community members on community service projects. The focus is on giving service of value back to the community to make amends for harm done, and to provide an opportunity for youth to become connected with the community in a positive manner. Mentors act as a bridge between the youth and other community members.
- A restorative response to crime focuses on what needs to be repaired, what needs to be healed and what needs to be learned.
GREATER GRESHAM AREA PREVENTION PARTNERSHIP (GGAPP)
Four Cities Peer Court Project
- In response to community concerns regarding teen drug and alcohol use the Greater Gresham Area Prevention Partnership has developed a Peer Court program to assist law enforcement with consequences to MIP and other community offences. It is a sanctioned diversion program of Multnomah County Juvenile Department.
- What is a Youth Court? Youth courts (also called teen, peer, and student courts) are programs in which youth sentence their peers for minor delinquent and status offenses and other problem behaviors. Youth courts can be administered by and operated within a variety of agencies within a community including law enforcement agencies, juvenile probation departments, juvenile courts, private nonprofit agencies, and schools.
- What is needed? Student interns who will work up to 20 hours per week to complete a number of specific assignments for the court and in the community. This can include organizing court dockets and preparing for court. Scheduling volunteers, defendant interviews and other meetings as needed. Management of confidential police records; originating and updating files for the court as well as planning and teaching the ‘Cost of Crime’ class to defendants in the court. Community work can include outreach events, presentations about the court and special assignments.
- Requirements are? Flexibility; court runs afternoons 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and work hours can vary depending on the court schedule. Must be willing to learn court rules and regulations as well as incorporate your understanding of individual student rights, due process issues, confidentiality and ethics in all of these efforts. Bring your sense of humor, ability to make decisions, think independently and work within a team with good strong organization and problem solving skills. Be prepared to learn and really work at a job that needs you.
- Rewards are? All interns receive a complete job evaluation, letter of recommendation and lots of encouragement in their chosen field. Use bilingual Spanish-English skills. Interns have many opportunities to make great contacts in the community and do real work that matters to youth!
CASA FOR CHILDREN - Court Appointed Special Advocates
- CASA’s Mission statement: We are advocates for the best interests of children who have been abused or neglected and are under the protection of the Juvenile Courts in Multnomah and Washington Counties in Oregon. Our purpose is to secure a safe and permanent family for each child as quickly as possible. We dedicate our resources to recruiting, training and supporting citizen volunteers in order to provide quality advocacy to as many children as we can.
- CASA for Children requires a minimum of 6 weeks advance notice on any internship request. Requests made with less notice will be automatically refused.
- A person may serve an internship as a CASA volunteer, but will be required to comply with all the above requirements. It is understood that an internship as a CASA volunteer is completely dependent on the intern passing the usual screening and training process. Prospective interns who are determined not to be suitable to become CASA volunteers will be asked to find a different internship opportunity.
- Interns who want to serve as CASA volunteers are also expected to commit to the full two years asked of any other CASA. It is not fair to the children being served for an intern to be a CASA for the course of their internship and then leave the child and case behind.
ALAN W. KARPINSKI, P.C. (Private criminal defense firm)
NELSON & NELSON
Nelson & Nelson is a small law firm consisting of two attorneys and three staff members, two of whom are part time employees. The available internship position will involve the following:
- Inputting client information into the firm's calendaring and name database
- Creating client files and folders in the firm's computer database
- Reviewing closed files
- Shredding and purging closed files from the firm’s database
- Creating new files if necessary
- Scanning and naming legal documents into our firm’s database
- Interviewing clients and filling out “New Client Interview Forms”
- Participation in attorney-client interviews
- Drafting retainer agreements, non-engagement letters, disengagement letters, letters of representation, demand letters
- Mentoring and job shadowing with firm attorneys
Student Legal Services (SLS) at PSU
SLS is a full service law office serving Portland State University students. Our mission is to remove outside legal obstacles to graduation and student success. Interns generally sit in on intakes, create intake memoranda, work on assigned casework, and assist SLS in its outreach efforts. Applicants for SLS internships should possess the following qualities:
• Excellent writing skills
• Professionalism and maturity
• An ability to maintain strict confidentiality
• Be self-starters
• Knowledgeable of computer systems and software
COFFEE CREEK CORRECTIONAL FACILITY
- Medium and minimum security for women.
- Many possibilities but must make contact at least 1 ½ months ahead of placement- requires special training.
COLUMBIA RIVER CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION
- Interns, if selected, may work with correctional counselors, transitional coordinators, facility chaplains or contracted treatment providers to gain a working knowledge of correctional case management.
- Interns will be expected to complete the training requirements set forth by the Department of Corrections concerning volunteers prior to a formal training opportunity at the institution. http://www.oregon.gov/DOC/TRANS/docs/rs_vol_prgm_manual.pdf
- Interns will be exposed to inmates and will be expected to comply with all facility security practices.
- Interns should submit a formal letter of interest to the facility transitional services manager along with written endorsement from a sponsoring educator.
- Intern candidates will undergo a formal interview/screening process and selections will be made based on limited opportunities available at Columbia River Correctional Institution and South Fork forest Camp.
MAC LAREN YOUTH CORRECTIONAL FACILITY - State of Oregon Youth Authority
- Budgeted capacity: 186 beds
- Population Served: Male sex offenders, violent offenders, and offenders with substance abuse issues. Serves older juvenile offenders and the majority of the male Department of Corrections population.
CLACKAMAS COUNTY COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS, Adult Probation and Parole
CLACKAMAS COUNTY COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS, Victim Services Program
- The Victim Services Program provides validation, emotional support, information & referral, and crisis intervention services to crime victims of offenders soon to be released from incarceration, or currently on probation or parole. The program exists to inform victims of their rights and what to expect throughout the post-adjudication system, and to address the concerns victims have about an offender and their supervision. Program staff serves as liaisons between the victims and the Probation and Parole Officers, and other criminal justice and social service professionals.
- Interns working within the Victim Services program will have the opportunity to work directly with victims of crime, particularly domestic violence crimes. We are especially interested in students with experience in creating Excel spreadsheets and graphs drawn from data we are collecting from DV crime victims.
- Intern Duties and Responsibilities: Will vary depending on the internship you create within the program. Some examples from past interns: developing a support group for domestic violence survivors, creating a handbook on understanding the post-adjudication process for crime victims, creating a county specific resource sheet on domestic violence, and reorganizing our resource file cabinet. We are in need of advocates to work directly with crime victims; we need a web site; we have data that needs analyzing, and we would like to develop a case management program for client files. The only limit to this internship is your imagination and the length of time you are able to commit to a project.
Clark County District Court Corrections
- Background check required - after a complete release form is received processing is only a few days.
- Must sign confidentiality agreement and get finger printed by CCSO
- Opportunities available in: Grants management, statistical analysis, data entry, policy/procedure, research, technical writing, probation program support
- Nature of agency = Law and justice administration, limited jurisdiction court system and misdemeanor probation.
- General responsibilities/duties = depends on qualifications of the intern candidate - would attempt to match knowledge, skills and abilities with duties and ability to successfully complete tasks
- MS Word, MS Excel required - Oracle financial systems & Crystal Reports query experience desirable
- Would require a commitment to a regular part-time schedule (within normal business hours) equivalent to 0.2 - 0.25 FTE for a minimum of 10 weeks due to county investment.
COLUMBIA COUNTY COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS
- Description of Position: Intern/Practicum student- Prefer students going into or starting their senior year in college. Student will work with SR. Adult Probation/Parole officers in the areas of supervising felony and misdemeanor offenses. The student will be assigned to the areas of Domestic Violence caseload, Sex Offender caseload, and Drug and property crime caseloads. The student will gain valuable experience of the beginning to end process of a probationer, gain a better vision of how all community partners including the Courts work together. Students who have aspirations of working in the field of Community Corrections will gain real working knowledge of the system. Professional students only need apply.
MULTNOMAH COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY JUSTICE
- Possible assignments: Juvenile or Adult Post Prison Supervision and Probation Units; limited placements available in Juvenile Custody Services. Minimum commitment is 8 hours a week for six months (no evening or weekend hours). Apply early (at least 2 months before you want to begin
- Application Materials found at this web site: http://web.multco.us/dcj/volunteers Required documents: 1) application 2) Supplemental Questions 3) Two Reference Forms.
- Students interested in working in the Dept of Juvenile Justice whose work is with HIGH risk gang-involved youth, should know that Spanish-English bilingual oral, written, and comprehension skills are strongly preferred
- Job Description: Interns will generally work in our nationally recognized juvenile or adult parole, probation units assisting with case management of ex-offenders. Other opportunities are available in research, web design, public affairs and administration depending on skills and interest of applicants.
Community Corrections (Probation & Parole)
Center for Counseling & Victims' Services
YAMHILL COUNTY COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS
- Students will begin by observing the assigned Parole and Probation Office (PPO), then progress into filing of important paperwork and familiarization with computer programs such as AS400, Word, Excel, and possibly LEDS. Students will then learn to write warrants and violation reports to the court, interview corrections offenders, and even accompany PPOs during home visitations of corrections offenders in the field. Students will also have the opportunity to attend probation violations hearings with the PPOs and learn about the current Yamhill County Court System. Both sanctions and incentives will be used to assist correctional offenders to decide to move away from a criminality and toward a long-term pro-social lifestyle.
SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES
BOYS AND GIRLS AID
- For over 120 years, we have believed that all children deserve loving, caring adults in their lives. We work to achieve this goal by helping the infant, child, or adolescent in need of a home; the teenager in need of a mentoror a safe place to stay; the expectant mother and father who will place their child in adoption; and the adopting parents.
- An intern will be a role model for young adolescent teens and young adults. They may work one on one to go over goals, and consequences of behavior. Interns could also go along on group outings into the community to maintain adult ratios with clients. Another role that we might ask is that interns facilitate group activities such as skill building, art, music or crafts.
Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington
- Girl Scouts Beyond Bars: Seeking year round student interns!
- Our program began in 1997 and has been serving incarcerated mothers and their children since. We have visitations on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility where mother and daughter reconnect while participating in Girl Scout programming.
- We have a constant need to transport girls to and from the facility. Vehicles are rented for our interns and fuel is covered.
- In addition to the experience of prison 1st hand; interns assist in implementing girl-only troop meetings outside of the prison, and mother-only meetings inside the prison where the women reside, and light office aide tasks which could include making phone calls to guardians of girls, completing research, attending recruitment fairs, developing curriculum, mail-outs and much more.
- While our central office is located in Salem, Oregon we have Service Centers in many cities including Portland, Eugene, Medford, Klamath Falls and more. This access enables interns to work remotely from those sites closest to residence in coordination with the Program Coordinator for Girl Scouts Beyond Bars. We also have excellent training which is completed prior to working with girls and moms-every moment spent in conjunction is counted toward your curriculum hours for credit. If you are interested in serving a high need community of local families please contact:
JANUS YOUTH PROGRAMS, INC.
- Community-based programs for children, youth and families comprises a network of over 20 programs.
- Runaway and homeless youth services in Oregon and Washington that provide street outreach, 24-hour access and assessment, emergency and short-term shelter, family reunification, continued school support, transitional housing and independent living services
- Residential and shelter services for youth in custody of the Oregon Youth Authority and emotionally disturbed and neglected youth in Oregon’s Department of Human Services’ child welfare system
- Alternative education for youth failing in traditional classroom settings
- A scholarship program helping former clients pursue higher education or vocational/technical training
- A detention program in collaboration with the Clatsop County Juvenile Department
- A 60,000 square foot urban agriculture program focused on hunger reduction, employment and economic independence
LEARNING FOR LIFE- A PROGRAM FOR EDUCATION
- Learning for Life programs help youth develop social and life skills, assist in character and career development, and help youth formulate positive personal values. It prepares youth to make ethical decisions that will help them achieve their full potential. Three areas of focus: elementary age children, middle/school high school/ ages 14-21. Depending on age of child, the intern might provide classroom help, hold mock interviews, help with career club and special events.
URBAN BRIDGES, INC. (UBI)
- This position will work closely with the Executive Director of Urban Bridges in a non-profit youth organization and possibly teach or speak at 1 or more classes. They must love children of all ages, have a lot of patience and have no felony record.
- Better People is an established employment and counseling program solely dedicated to helping former offenders find, keep and excel in well-paying jobs with fair, decent employers.
- Interns are welcome to discuss what experiences they are seeking with the agency and they will endeavor (if practical) to meet their requests.
- Observing Orientations and providing assistance as needed on-going (getting packets ready, etc) and on occasion, if appropriate knowledge and skills are apparent, conducting an Orientation.
- Observing Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) classes on-going
- Assisting a MRT facilitator by limitedly meeting with clients one-on-one (extensive training precedes this function by the facilitator)
- Observing and assisting with Job Readiness classes. The Employment Trashing Specialist may assign duties related to the curriculum, e.g., resume development, etc.
- Responding to letters from currently incarcerated individuals and others seeking program information.
- Receiving training on inputting client data into our client database system (FIlemakerPro) and actually inputting pertinent client information
- When possible, an intern may accompany a staff member as he or she conducts a presentation at a secured facility provided there is time to obtain security clearance for the intern.
- Please note that we have very few internship opportunities--each which involve working with domestic violence survivors and their families.
CLACKAMAS WOMEN'S SERVICES (Domestic and Sexual Violence Services)
- Depending on one's interests, the internship opportunities are vast. For example: we have had interns helping out with our community-based program by facilitating middle school girls groups; interns working at our emergency shelter location providing support to our participants and answering the crisis line; and interns assisting with development for CWS.
- Special Requirements: Complete our 40 hour basic advocacy training as a part of a direct-service internship (offered 3 times a year; contact email@example.com for information on the next training)
- Additional qualities we look for in potential interns: Commitment to raising awareness about violence and our services; Ability to use patience and empathy in interactions with participants and to work in a team-based model; commitment to social change (ending violence against women and children)
COMMUNITY MEDIATION SERVICES (Victim/Offender and Neighborhood/Community Disputes)
ELDERS IN ACTION
- Prior approval needed from Dr. McGurrin
- We do ask that students commit for at least 6 months with our agency as we invest a lot of time, money and energy into interns.
- The power of our volunteers and your donations will ensure that quality of life never depends on age.
THE GATEWAY CENTER FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES
- Background check required and may take up to 4-6 weeks.
- Opportunities for interns are to assist the Center's participants to access Criminal Justice system, help participants to go through the restraining order process. Interns will learn information about various agencies DA’s Office, Multnomah County Court, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, Department of Human Services, Portland Police Bureau DVRU, Multnomah County DVERT project, community-based victim services and will be working with representatives of these agencies on a daily basis
- The Center provides co-location of governmental and community based agencies and provides comprehensive services for victims of domestic violence.
- Interns can be assigned to provide victim’s advocacy assistance, retrieve and interpret data from the OJIN website, provide over the phone information, assist participants during FAPA restraining order hearings.
Good Neighbor Center – (Homeless Shelter for Families with Children)
- The Good Neighbor Center is dedicated to providing safe emergency housing with supportive empowering services for families. We work hard to make sure families are off the street and in safe housing. Because of the generous support from our community, we are able to serve roughly 90 families each year. GNC can house nine families at a time and they can stay up to six weeks. Our goal is to help the families by providing them with guidance and resources to help gain stability and self-sufficiency.
- All Volunteers/Interns are subject to a background check for safety purposes and everyone MUST fill out a volunteer application and a confidentiality form before being assigned any duties.
- The Volunteer Coordinator will be your primary contact for your intern position. While serving as an intern at the Good Neighbor Center, you will be treated as staff and asked to follow all staff guidelines.
- All intern applications will be evaluated by the Volunteer Coordinator and the Executive Director. Decisions will be made according to availability, need for assistance and term requirements. You will be contacted after the evaluation by the Volunteer Coordinator and a meeting time will be scheduled to discuss internship opportunities.
- As an intern, you will be asked to perform duties such as answering phones, greeting donors/volunteers, interacting with residents, waitlist management, intakes with families, dispensing meds, room checks, database input, county database input for court ordered community service, assistance with Life Skills classes and help designing curriculum.
LONDER LEARNING CENTER (Dept. Of Community Justice-Multnomah County)
Crime Victim Advocacy with Lutheran Community Services NW
This is a new program in Vancouver, providing services to victims of arson, burglary, fraud, identity theft, cyber crimes, child abuse, elder abuse, assault, robbery, kidnapping, missing persons, hate and bias crimes, gang violence, human trafficking, drunk or drugged driving, and homicide. It is our mission to empower victims of crime by educating them about their options, giving them choices and responding to crime victim needs in a way that will help them move forward with their life in a positive and healthy way. Our Victim Advocacy Program works to promote the restoration of a crime victim’s sense of safety, dignity, and personal power and it is our belief that victims of crime are able to make the best decisions for their lives/circumstances. We are victim centered and services are specific, focused, and are driven by the choices of the individuals impacted by crime and the violence experienced.
Student projects might include:
- Victim advocacy: directly working with victims to provide information and resources
- Victim advocacy support: work within local communities to educate and provide support about victim’s rights.
- Outreach for the Crime Victim Advocacy program: finding community partners - attending community meetings, meeting with local religious leaders, educators, going to festivals, working with local businesses, etc. to inform the community about our services.
- Establish restorative justice/peer mediation focused projects in the Vancouver School District
- Grant writing/community financial support/recruiting donors
Graduate students are preferred, but highly motivated undergraduate students will also be considered. If you are accepted as an intern/volunteer into this program you will be required to complete a 30-hour crime victim advocacy training and complete a background check.
National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Multnomah
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy. Please visit our website www.nami.org/multnomah for more information.
Criminology Internship with NAMI Multnomah
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Attend Mental Health Court Meetings
- Attend meetings and trainings for the CIT program (Crisis Intervention Training)
- Research support resources for incarcerated families and individuals with mental illness
- Research list of legal resources for individuals living with mental illness
- Outreach of NAMI resources to legal agencies
- Interest in Mental Health Law
- Excellent written and verbal communication
- Excellent research skills
- Ability to represent NAMI Multnomah to the community
Working with us: the office environment is pleasant and well-organized, and is staffed by a caring and warm group of people.
(CITY OF PORTLAND) OFFICE OF NEIGHBORHOOD INVOLVEMENT'S - CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAM
The City of Portland's Crime Prevention Program's services are offered through the Office of Neighborhood Involvement and are designed to get neighbors involved in community policing efforts. The Crime Prevention Program Coordinators work closely with public safety activists, the Portland Police Bureau, community members, neighborhood associations and coalitions, state and county agencies, city bureaus, businesses, and local social service providers to address crime and livability issues. The Crime Prevention Program focuses on preserving public safety and enhancing neighborhood livability to meet the needs of each neighborhood and business area.
- The Crime Prevention Program assists the community in problem-solving projects relating to issues such as drug houses, youth gangs, graffiti, street drug dealing, prostitution, problem parks, problem liquor outlets and neighborhood "hot spots".
- Interns for the Crime Prevention Program work on a variety of projects in the realm of public safety outreach and problem solving. The Crime Prevention Program strives to not only provide interns with hands on learning opportunities, but also a chance to work on projects and community events that may of great interest to them.
- Solid communication skills and basic computer skills are a must for this position. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is a plus. The work schedule for this internship is flexible.
PARTNERSHIP FOR SAFETY AND JUSTICE
- Partnership for Safety and Justice (PSJ) is a statewide public safety advocacy organization based in Portland, Oregon. PSJ has a pioneering and provocative model - one that brings together all of the people most directly affected by crime, violence and the criminal justice system (survivors of crime, people convicted of crime, and the families of both) to advocate for a system that is more effective and just. Through this holistic perspective, PSJ has a better understanding of needed system change.
- Interns at Partnership for Safety and Justice would have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of public safety issues and policies. An internship with the Crime Survivors Program would entail research and writing -- for the web and possibly for print materials.
- Internship opportunities may also be available in other PSJ programs and campaigns, including the Prison Program, Beyond Barriers Program, Safety and Sentencing Program, and the Youth Justice Campaign.
- A "good fit" as intern would be someone who works well independently and in a collaborative setting, and who wants to get some experience in the public policy arena.
Pathfinders of Oregon is a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of criminality and improving outcomes to children of incarcerated parents using four areas of practice:
- Providing cognitive restructuring groups, parenting groups, drug and alcohol treatment, and transition services to men and women who are incarcerated throughout the state;
- Operating Pathfinder Academy to provide a safe educational environment in which for pregnant and parenting teens can pursue autonomy and growth by prioritizing education, family and community;
- The Center for Family Success offers programs and services to promote parents’ successful returns to community and family. Programs include parenting and violence prevention groups as well as advocacy and case management services; and
- Collaborating with Children's Justice Alliance to create systems change through a variety of avenues including the Annual Statewide Leadership Summit. CJA is a member of the state wide Children of Incarcerated Parents Project and participates with a national consortium addressing the needs of children of incarcerated parents.
Intern responsibilities are driven by internship location, institution, and student abilities. They can include:
- Classroom observation
- Group co-facilitation
- Individual client interviews
- Case Management
- Resource development and referral
- Client advocacy
- Inter-department and inter-agency collaboration
- Community meetings
- Interdisciplinary meetings
Intern Requirements can include:
- Criminal background check (criminal history does not automatically prevent working with the organization)
- A two-term commitment
- Department of Corrections trainings
- Strong personal boundaries
- The ability to accept feedback and direction
- A desire to break the cycle of criminality through support, accountability, and prevention