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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, internship opportunities have been suspended and will resume based on Mecklenburg County's reopening plan. Please continue to check back, as our website will be updated when more information is available.
Please see below for details about internship opportunities, application procedures, and required application documents. Incomplete applications will not be considered. CJS will accept internship applications on the following standard schedule:
A complete internship application packet includes the following:
Why you’re a good fit as an intern with Criminal Justice ServicesWhat you hope to gain from interning with Criminal Justice Services
Criminal Justice Services aims to introduce students to the exciting opportunities within Criminal Justice. Interns will work alongside department personnel on a wide variety of assignments throughout the assigned Division. Interns will be exposed to effective problem-solving and partnership-building skills as well as gain a better understanding of day-to-day operations of the Division. Interns will work firsthand with Department and Division staff to achieve the department’s mission of leading data-driven decision-making, effective programming, and interagency collaboration to reduce criminal justice involvement and strengthen the well-being of our community.
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Forensic Evaluations (FEU)The Forensic Evaluations Unit (FEU) has opportunities for graduate and undergraduate interns who would like engage in the following non-clinical work:
Internship candidates will need to have strong writing, research, and organizational skills. Candidates will need to have an understanding and appreciation for working with confidential information. The ideal candidate will have a background in psychology, criminal justice, social work, or mental health.
For information about FEU's Pre-Doctoral Clinical Practicum, please visit the Forensic Evaluations page.
S.T.E.P. Program (STEP)Interns in the S.T.E.P. Program (STEP) assist the Recovery Courts with special events such as Holiday Court, updating of handbooks and manuals, project coordination, and other special projects that may arise. STEP internships provide structured and supervised opportunities for practical experience in a criminal justice agency setting that complements students’ academic and professional goals. In this position, interns will:
Re-Entry Services (RES)Interns in the Re-Entry Services (RES) Division assist with activities such as:
RES internships provide
structured and supervised opportunities for practical experience in a
criminal justice agency setting that complements students’ academic and professional goals. In this position, interns will:
Research and Planning (RPD)Internships with the Research and Planning Division will allow the intern to focus his or her time on real-world, practical, and needed contributions which will serve to reinforce the intern’s academic coursework. These tasks will evolve depending on the student’s knowledge and skillset; however, typical duties include but are not limited to: