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600 E. Fourth St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

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Criminal Justice Services Internships

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:

  • Fall Semester (August - December) Internships: Applications accepted in May
  • Spring Semester (January - May) Internships: Applications accepted in October
  • Summer (May - August) Internships: Applications accepted in February


APPLICATION PROCEDURE

A complete internship application packet includes the following:

  1. Completed Internship Application
  2. Division Preference Form
  3. Current resume
  4. Cover letter that addresses the following items:
  • Why you’re a good fit as an intern with Criminal Justice Services
  • What you hope to gain from interning with Criminal Justice Services

Application materials and questions should be submitted to CJSinternships@mecknc.gov. In the email, please include the following subject: "[Last Name] Internship Application"

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INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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.

Click a link in the table below to jump to the corresponding Division's section.

Re-Entry Services (RES)
S.T.E.P. Program (STEP)
​Research and Planning (RPD)


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:

  • Assist staff with compiling and analyzing data related to ordered evaluations for both internal use and external publication
  • Assist staff with the generation of manuscripts for both internal use and external publication
  • Assist the Juvenile Court Liaison with recording and tracking of ordered forensic evaluations.


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:

  • Gain work experience in a discipline of interest;
  • Integrate academic knowledge into practice in a professional setting; and
  • Develop interpersonal skills related to the responsibilities of positions within the criminal justice system.


Re-Entry Services (RES)

Interns in the Re-Entry Services (RES) Division assist with activities such as:

  • Case File audits -reviewing client files and checking that all necessary forms are contained, completed and in order;
  • Enter customer satisfaction surveys on the web-based platform;
  • Matching attendance records with notes in database;
  • Housing and employment project research; and
  • Special projects that may arise

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:

  • Gain work experience in a discipline of interest;
  • Observe direct supervision of clients re-entering following incarceration;
  • Integrate academic knowledge into practice in a professional setting; and
  • Develop interpersonal skills related to the responsibilities of positions within the criminal justice system.


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:

  • Assisting with tasks related to RPD’s Research and Evaluation Program and the implementation of the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge
  • Contributing to RPD’s performance monitoring efforts
  • Coordinating with RPD to staff/support various councils, committees, and advisory groups
  • Conducting research to identify industry and public-sector best practices
  • Working on intradepartmental projects with other department Divisions, such as Re-Entry, Drug Treatment Court, etc.

Address

Office Location:

Criminal Justice Services
600 E. Fourth St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Criminal Justice Services