Internship Opportunities

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The Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Internship Program is designed to provide students an opportunity to supplement their classroom education with practical work experience. Internships are available throughout the year (fall, winter, spring and summer semesters). The Division provides a limited number of internship opportunities in Juvenile Court Services, Detention Centers and Youth Development Centers.

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To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Attend a college, university, community college or technical institute;
  • Have a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) or greater on a 4.0 scale; and
  • Be classified as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student. Court Services interns must be classified as a junior to be considered.

Second smiling internStudents who wish to apply for an internship must first contact the chief court counselor or center director of the district or center of which they would like to carry out their internship. General information on each may be found below along with contact information.

Please Note: Applicants will be asked to provide the following documents:

1. Internship Application and Criminal History Record Check

2. Copy of applicant's internship requirements

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the internship application. All applications must be signed by school representatives.

North Carolina State Government requires a signature on all application forms. We cannot accept applications through e-mail.

The Juvenile Court Services Section of the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides services in each of 30 local judicial districts that cover all 100 North Carolina counties. When a juvenile is alleged to have committed a “delinquent” offense (any criminal offense committed under age 16), or is alleged to be “undisciplined” (truant from school under age 16, or running away or ungovernable under age 18), the juvenile is referred to a Juvenile Court Counselor.

Responsibilities will involve all or most of the following: assisting Juvenile Court Counselors in supervising and counseling juveniles and their families in the home, school, office and community; participating in the treatment planning process including attending child/family treatment teams; providing feedback about juveniles' behavior and progress during case reviews; engaging juveniles in scheduled activities and promoting positive social interaction with their peers and authority figures; participating in the Juvenile Intake process; assessing juveniles and families to develop recommendations to be offered to the Court; attending and participating in Juvenile Court; and entering all documentation of efforts into the N.C. Juvenile Online Information Network.

Court Services contact information

Juvenile Detention Centers
The Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention operates seven regional juvenile detention centers. Detention centers are secure, temporary facilities where a juvenile will stay while waiting to go to court or until a placement can be arranged. All youth are provided ongoing education services by licensed teachers and receive medical and mental health screenings to inform appropriate, individualized care for each youth during their short-term stay. Detention center undergraduate Criminal Justice or Child Development and Family Relations interns will perform a variety of duties including, but not limited to, providing direct supervision of daily activities, conducting room searches, performing admissions and releases, maintaining written and electronic documentation, and observing all division policies and center procedures

Juvenile Detention Center contact information 

Youth Development Centers
The Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention operates four youth development centers. Youth development centers are locked, secure facilities that provide care, treatment, education and programming to meet the individual needs of committed youth as the most intensive disposition for a youth in juvenile court. Youth development center undergraduate level interns will work alongside direct care staff who work directly with the youth, providing counseling and documentation of daily activities. Graduate-level interns will have an assigned caseload to monitor and carry out treatment plans and act as liaisons between family and facility under the supervision of Division staff.

Youth Development Center contact information