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Internship Opportunities

Internship Information

Earning Credit... Gaining Experience

Undergraduate/Graduate Students

If you are seeking an excellent learning experience in human services related fields such as Criminal Justice, Psychology, Social Work, or Sociology the Greene County Family Court - Juvenile Division and/or Domestic Relations Division may have an opportunity for you.

There are a variety of intern opportunities within the Family Court: Juvenile and/or Domestic Relations Division for those interested in completing intern hours as part of the required curriculum at participating universities. These opportunities include placement in the following units: Abuse/Neglect, Law/Status Violations, Detention/Residential Programs, Domestic Relations, and Probation Services.

It is the practice whenever practical or possible to honor internship or student field placement requests.

Interns attend orientation sessions and receive supervision and consultation from staff members. We believe interns play an essential role in the effective implementation of our programs. It is recognized that their skills and abilities benefit the Court, the Family, and the community. Interns make direct contributions to staff effectiveness, provide families with intensive direct services, and through their added awareness of juvenile and family issues, benefit the community at large. Our services are expanded and strengthened by using interns in a variety of ways depending upon individual interests, knowledge, skills and talents.

Intern with the Juvenile Division, Abuse/Neglect Unit (Undergraduate)

The Abuse & Neglect Unit works with children who have been abused and/or neglected. Abuse can be physical, sexual or emotional. Neglect can involve a variety of issues including lack of supervision, lack of providing adequately for the child or drug issues that can affect children.

On-going case management responsibilities for Abuse & Neglect Deputy Juvenile Officer's (DJO's) include: Conduct interviews of child, family, and witnesses. Prepare Affidavits and gather accompanying petition filing paperwork. Scheduling of and preparation for court hearings. Issue summons and subpoenas. Complete monthly protective custody review reports to be provided to the court prior to the jurisdictional hearing. Attend ongoing team meetings on each case to monitor the progress of the family in rectifying their circumstances and ensure court orders are being followed. Assist juvenile office attorney in filing of motions. Send proper notice to parties of court hearings. Attend court hearings on caseload and make recommendations to court regarding the child. Maintain ongoing knowledge of current laws and statutes and proper case application. Maintain complete and organized case files.

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Shadow DJO's throughout daily activities




Intern with the Juvenile Division, Delinquency Unit (Undergraduate/Graduate)

The Law/Status Violations Unit serves as the Juvenile Office's front line in dealing with youth involved or allegedly involved in committing law violations and status offenses. Deputy Juvenile Officers within the unit are assigned referrals concerning youth who while less than 17 years of age committed or are suspected of committing an offense. The role of the Deputy Juvenile Officer is to conduct follow-up case investigation and make disposition plans for the referral.

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Intern with the Juvenile Detention Center (Undergraduate)

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NOTE: 4-hour cultural diversity training is required for this internship.

Intern with the Family Court Domestic Relations Unit (Graduate)

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Intern with the Juvenile Division, Evening Reporting Center (ERC) (Undergraduate/Graduate)

The Evening Reporting Center is designed to provide short term intensive supervision in a community based alternative to secure detention setting. The ERC staff, with the help of our community support network provides educational, therapeutic, motivational, and thought provoking programming for our at-risk youth to increase their long term success in the community. The ERC completes this mission while maintaining a focus on the safety of the community and the juvenile.

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Intern with the Juvenile Division, Probation Unit (Undergraduate/Graduate)

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Obtaining an Internship

The Greene County Family Court - Juvenile Division and/or Domestic Relations Division offers many opportunities for students to earn college credit, professional experience, and exposure to career opportunities while participating as an agent of change in the lives of youth and families.

What you need to do to become a student intern:

  1. Check with your school's Internship Coordinator to determine internship eligibility and placement requirements.
  2. Request an application for Internship by calling (417) 868-4008, or download it here.
  3. Schedule an interview to discuss areas of interest, possible internship positions and location.
  4. Complete the Child Abuse or Neglect record check, FBI criminal background check and other forms to be completed prior to the start date of the internship.

Deadlines for intern applications:

Internship Brochure