2012 - Victim/Witness Advocate Internship Spring Program
Only Junior and senior year students will be considered. This is an unpaid internship with the Hampden County District Attorney's Office providing services to victims of crime throughout the court process assisted by a Victim/Witness Advocate.
There are various options for students wishing to do an internship with the DA's Office. Field placements within the Domestic Violence Project or other areas within any of the district courts of juvenile court. All interns will receive in-court experience.
Student interns assist in every phase of the court system to provide the victims of crime with assessment, referral, and crisis intervention services, as well as providing support throughout the court process as a way of minimizing the secondary trauma associated with a person's involvement with criminal justice system.
Interns in the judicial setting have the opportunity to interface with a wide variety of individuals with diverse backgrounds, cultures and situations. The work requires that the student be a fairly quick learner, with moderate to high energy.
Skills desired: ability to recognize and assess client needs, and display empathy. The ability to work within a system efficiently. The ability to work well with other staff and independently. Self motivation is essential. Knowledge of the criminal justice system is helpful, but not required.
Due to the level of sensitivity and maturity we desire, only junior and senior year students will be considered.
Contact: Debbie Chieco, Director, Victim/Witness Assistance Program or Venorise McCoy. Email: Venorise.McCoy@state.ma.us. Please be sure to include your date of birth and social security number on your resume.
Application deadline for the spring program is Friday, November 23 2012.
Type of position:
Debbie Chieco, Director, Victim/Witness Assistance Program
Hampden County District Attorney's Office
Victim/Witness Assistance Program
P. O. Box 559