Internship: Probation Officer

Hennepin County
Internship 250 per week $21 Per hour MN Hennepin County Community Correction - Probation and Parole, 300 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55487, United States


Hennepin County's Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR) is seeking individuals interested in gaining hands-on professional experience in the field of adult probation. Interns will assist Probation Officers with a diverse caseload of adult clients by utilizing a variety of strategies to minimize clients' criminogenic risks and meet their individual needs. Through these internships, students will gain a greater understanding of the criminal justice system, become familiar with available community resources, and recognize and respect cultural differences to provide culturally appropriate service to probation clients.

Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visit .

Location and hours:
These internships are onsite and are located at various throughout Hennepin County. The duration of these internships allows for a minimum of 250 hours and up to a maximum of 480 hours in 2024 (e.g., 20 hours/week for 6 months). These internships are intended to start in July 2024 and last until either the 250 hours or 480 hours has been met. The work schedule will be Monday through Friday during standard business hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and may include occasional evenings until 7 p.m.

About these position types:
These positions are limited duration, non-benefit earning internships.
These positions are internally classified as an intern II.
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The responsibilities of each position include but are not limited to the following:

Central Intake and Conditional Release: (Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center, Minnetonka)
Report to: Hennepin County Government Center (300 6th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55487), Brookdale (6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430), and Ridgedale (12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55305).
This unit is responsible for handling all incoming referrals for Hennepin County, assigning all referrals for appropriate services and/or investigation, and supervising all conditional release clients. Interns in this unit will assist agents with a variety of duties and responsibilities, including use of validated risk assessment tools that determine level and location of supervision, writing pre-sentence investigation reports for the court, and conducting triage screenings on all referred treatment court participants.

Felony Investigation (Minneapolis)
Report to: Hennepin County Government Center (300 6th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55487). This unit are responsible for writing Presentence Investigations (PSI), Triage Investigations and Criminal Record Summaries on felony level cases. Interns in this unit will assist with client interviews, evaluating client risk and need, investigating client backgrounds completing criminal history record checks, review of law enforcement and collateral records, interpretation and determination of presumptive sentencing outcomes per the Minnesota Sentencing Guidelines, victim and other collateral contacts, and outlining sentencing recommendations.
Interstate/Intrastate (Brooklyn Center)
Report to: Brookdale (6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430). 
This unit works with caseloads that include supervision of clients who are convicted of crimes in places where they don’t live. The intern in this unit will assist agents with coordinating transfer referrals for clients who are convicted in other jurisdictions and either currently live in Hennepin County or want to move here. The intern will work with agents in the unit to investigate these referrals to determine the appropriateness of the transfer, and if accepted, support supervision requirements of the jurisdiction where the conviction occurred.
Neighborhood Probation (Minneapolis)
Report to: Probation Center North (4336 Lyndale Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55412). 
This unit works with caseload based in North Minneapolis working with known and associated group members in Minneapolis' 4th Precinct. In addition to learning regular probation duties, the intern may accompany the Probation Officer in working with law enforcement agencies, particularly the Minneapolis Group Violence Intervention Team, to assist with community safety and group violence programming.

Probation Services (Minneapolis)
Report to: Probation Center North (4336 Lyndale Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55412) and the Hennepin County Government Center (300 6th Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55487). 
This unit provides probation supervision to clients who are living in Hennepin County on a high-volume caseload. The intern position will work with staff members to learn probation duties, monitor compliance of court ordered conditions, help with assigned job duties, and gain knowledge of supervision and the use of various computer systems in DOCCR.

Need to have:
  • Current enrollment in good standing OR recent graduate (within 6 months) in an associate or bachelor's degree in sociology, social work, criminal justice, psychology, counseling, law enforcement education, or a related field.
  • Ability to commit to a minimum of 250 hours in the internship timeframe.
  • Access to reliable transportation may be required for travel between offices, attending meetings, court hearings, and tending to internship tasks located throughout the County.

Nice to have:
  • Experience working with:
    • Clients served by the justice system or human services.
    • Individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
  • Attended trainings, courses, or seminars to expand understanding and appreciation of diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness.
  • Ability to work effectively with a culturally and increasingly diverse client population.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good organizational skills and the ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines, with accuracy and attention to detail.
About the department:
The Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation works to enhancecommunity safety, promote community restoration, and reduce the risk of re-offense. Department staff and volunteers serve Hennepin County at more than 20 service locations ranging from correctional facilities to probation reporting offices and occupational training centers, delivering sustainable correctional services to more than 26,000 adult and juvenile clients. It is the largest community corrections organization in Minnesota. Learn more at 

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.

Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
Your future. Made here.
This posting may be used to fill current and future vacancies.

Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience.
Final candidates may be required to complete a drug test and/or background check.
Current Hennepin County  are not eligible for consideration for this position, as the purpose of this internship opportunity is to allow individuals a potential pathway into employment with the county. If you are an employee looking for career resources for your personal and professional growth, please contact the Employee Career Center at 

If you have any questions, please contact:
Jeffery Smith-Sharp

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