The United States Probation Office for the District of Maine, a division of the United States Courts, is accepting applications for unpaid internships from students interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice, law or information technology.
This is an excellent opportunity for students presently enrolled in criminal justice, sociology, counseling, guidance, information technology or law to gain hands-on experience in a criminal justice setting.
Students will observe and participate in the criminal justice process at the pretrial, sentencing, and supervision stages. At the pretrial stage, students will observe the arraignment process and observe Probation Officers prepare pretrial services (bail) reports for United States Magistrate Judges; observe defense and prosecution strategy at trials and post trial proceedings, including sentencing hearings; may be afforded the opportunity to witness behind the scenes activities relating to the sentencing process; will become familiar with Presentence Investigation Reports and the supervision of offenders on probation, parole, supervised release, home detention and electronic monitoring.
Probation Officers are multi-skilled career employees who work with the legal profession (defense attorneys and United States Attorneys), law enforcement agencies (FBI, DEA, Secret Service, United States Customs, police agencies, sheriffs offices, etc.); correctional institutions (prisons, jails, contract halfway houses, etc.) and the United States District Court.
They are required to possess a knowledge of human behavior, and counsel and supervise offenders to bring about a change in behavior, while ensuring the protection of society. During the supervision stage the Probation Officer acts as a broker/provider of human services by assisting the offender in obtaining employment, and counseling for drug/alcohol problems, marital and financial problems, etc.
Students interested in an internship with the Probation Office should contact their faculty representative for a recommendation for placement. Students may work a minimum of 20 hours up to a maximum of 40 hours per week, depending on their academic course level and requirements of their program of study. Applicants selected must undergo a background investigation by the Probation Office. Students will be expected to dress appropriately for working in the courts and demonstrate professional behavior.
The internship program is currently available in the office located at Portland. For
application information or further information contact Supervisory U.S. Probation
Officer Ryan Petroff.
For more information, including application requirements, please read the following linked documents:
Internship Guidelines (pdf)
Internship Application (pdf)
You can also get more information on their website at www.mep.uscourts.gov
Ryan E. Petroff, Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer
U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services Office
(207) 780-3358 ext. 244