The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) Internship Program is a partnership between the school, the student, and our agency, with each role being inter-dependently important for overall success. All interns are supervised by a staff member and the student must receive school credit for work performed. The duration for an internship with ADJC may be one semester, a summer, or an agreed-upon length of time between the student, ADJC and the school. All internships are unpaid. An internship with ADJC will introduce a student to the Arizona juvenile correctional system and in general will learn about the juvenile justice system in Arizona. An internship with ADJC is based on five over-arching premises:
- Provide meaningful work experience for the student and give the student structured experiences where they apply knowledge gained in the classroom;
- Guide the student's educational development through mentoring;
- Strengthen school relationships;
- Treat interns as valuable members of our agency; and
- Create a pool of experienced candidates for permanent job openings.
The following requirements are necessary to pursue an internship with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections:
- Must be 21 years of age or older.
- Must have completed and cleared a formal background check, including fingerprinting, before beginning an internship or interacting with ADJC youth on a regular and direct basis.
- All cleared interns must attend orientation and training prior to entering the secure care facility.
- Interns will respect the function of department staff and contribute fully to maintaining a professional relationship between staff and interns.
- Interns will carry out assignments in a professional manner and will seek the assistance of the coordinator or immediate supervisor when necessary.
- Interns will respect and accept the department’s right to dismiss any intern for such reasons as poor performance, poor attendance, unwillingness to accept direction, etc.
- Appropriate dress attire is required.
- Additional security issues will be discussed in training.
Why Should You Apply?
We are an agency committed to working with each youth and their families to assist them in making positive choices and becoming productive members of our society. There is no doubt that all staff, interns and volunteers are making a difference, one youth at a time, to help each youth turn their lives around for the better. If you are interested in a career in juvenile corrections, clinical psychology, social work, social science research, justice studies, then consider ADJC as a place to explore those possibilities.
Where Can You Intern?
Requests for an internship with ADJC can be made in the following departments: Adobe Mountain School (Secure Care), Community Corrections (Parole), Clinical Psychology (students must be in a graduate behavioral health program), Education, Health Services, Religious Services, Victims' Rights and Legal Systems. Please keep in mind that all intern positions are not always offered all the time and a request for an internship is not guaranteed; however, it is our goal to consider all applicants and to make sure that all potential interns are a good match for our agency.
How Do You Apply?
If you are interested in becoming an intern with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections, please contact our Internship Coordinator for more information.