Juvenile Court offers internship opportunities for a variety of disciplines throughout the school year (see below for brief descriptions). ACJCS staff determine the placement of an intern in an area or program of the court, and there may not be opportunities at all times of the school year for every intern seeking a placement. All interns must pass reference and criminal background checks.
Attendance Court is a program at ACJCS that addresses truancy problems in the elementary schools in Ada County. Children with attendance problems are referred to the court by the school. The students and their families are then summoned to an informal court to address the issue. It is hoped the families and the school can resolve the attendance problems during this process so that formal charges are not recommended. Interns are utilized to manage inidivual cases referred to the program. The program has been in place since 2000 and serves all three school districts in Ada County.
Counseling Unit - MSW Internship
The Counseling Unit provides MSW Interns the opportunity to work with at-risk juvenile offenders who may also be victims of child abuse, have exposure to domestic violence, or have substance abuse issues. Hours are generally between 8 AM and 7 PM. Opportunities in this placement include:
- Client Assessment
- Case Management
- Group Facilitation
- Crisis Intervention
- Individual and Family Counseling
Our Detention Center has the capacity to manage interns on a daily basis and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If a student needs flexible hours, this is a good internship location to request. Weekday tutoring and group work involvement is often available.
Juvenile Drug Court provides interns the opportunity to work with juveniles on probation who have an extensive background with substance abuse. Interns may participate in client assessments, case management, treatment planning, and group facilitation.
Our Prevention Program has two components, intervention and prevention. The intervention component provides first-time, low-risk offenders with education and skills to help them make better decisions, hold them accountable, and provide reparation to the community for their misconduct. The intervention component consists of a diversion program where clients and their families resolve their cases out of court under the supervision of a Diversion Officer. Interns here receive training in case management at the diversion level.
The prevention component consists primarily of educational presentations and small group curriculla taught at local middle/junior high schools. Interns are trained in Small Group Process and partner with participating school counselors and a fellow intern to facilitate groups.
The Probation Officer Intern assignment provides overall exposure to the juvenile court system by working directly with juvenile offenders and their families. Field, home, and office visits are expected and flexible hours are required. There are a variety of opportunities available to probation officer interns that support professional development and growth in the following areas:
- Assessment skills
- Interview skills
- Problem solving
- Program familiarity
- Balanced Approach to Juvenile Probation
- Juvenile Corrections Act
- Crisis intervention
- Group facilitation or co-facilitation
Supervision and training of interns will be assigned to a Probation Officer requesting support. Duties and opportunities may vary based on the needs of our Probation Division. The position works primarily out of the Benjamin office at 400 N Benjamin, but may also work out of another branch office. See our Locations webpage for all our branch locations.
Victim Services interns work within the Budge/Finance Division and conduct case management and advocacy for victims of juvenile crime. Duties assigned to interns may include filing, contacting victims, monitoring case status for victims, escorting victims to court, assisting with Victim Impact Panels, preparing Victim Impact Reports, contacting probation officers, attorneys, and other court personnel, and assisting with other duties as assigned. The position works out of the main office on 6300 W Denton St in Boise.
Victory Academy Program
Victory Academy is a collaborative alternative education program between the Boise School District and Juvenile Court. Enrolled students are on probation and have a commitment to pursue their education in this program. Interns provide tutoring to the students and assist in the classroom. The position works out of the Victory Academy building, adjacent to Frank Church High School, on 8051 W Salt Creek Ct in Boise.
Data Analysis interns compile and chart court hearings, detention, probation, or programs related data. The position requires Excel skills, attention to detail, and a desire to work with data and charts. Opportunities are also provided to attend court hearings, receive agency-related trainings, and to shadow staff in various detention and probation capacities that often involve working directly with youth. The position works out of the main office at 6300 W Denton St in Boise.
Training interns perform a wide variety of internal training and support tasks. These include design and publication of the annual Department Training Plan, conducting online research of selected training and coaching resources, observing operations in the Administration, Budget/Finance, Detention, Probation, and Programs divisions to assess training needs and support Training’s customers. Interns support the internal training website and additional areas as identified by the Training Division. The position works out of the main office at 6300 W Denton St in Boise.
For more information on internship opportunities, please contact: