Internship – Cross Departmental (MTOC) – Massachusetts Probation Service

Internship – Cross Departmental (MTOC) – Massachusetts Probation Service

Massachusetts Trial Court

Position Summary: Under the supervision and guidance of the Office of the Commissioner of Probation, the intern will work on various assignments that will involve the administration and development of the Massachusetts Probation Services, specifically a 10-week schedule that introduces the intern to various departments across MPS. The intern should be able to provide a broad range of skilled administrative and technical support. Intern’s daily duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Week 1 MTOC, 55 Green Street
Training Division: Assist with ongoing training efforts. The MPS Training Division works collaboratively to deliver education and training programs supporting our workforce in the development of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to fulfill our mission.

Weeks 2-3 Local Courthouse
Field Services: There are 105 local-level probation offices within five of the seven court departments. You can find probation offices in the Boston Municipal Courts, District Courts, Juvenile Courts, Probate and Family Courts, and Superior Courts. Tasks may include assisting in day-to-day office duties while learning the difference between the court departments. This opportunity will provide hands-on experience working with probation officers who are responsible for the daily supervision of approximately 64,000 probationers across the commonwealth.

Week 4 Local Courthouse
Programs: MPS is proud of its many innovative programs designed to guide our clientele in leading more fulfilling, positive, pro-social, and healthier lifestyles for themselves and their families. Learn more about the different programs offered by MPS – including parenting programs, diversion programs for juveniles, substance use treatment, re-entry services.

Week 5 MTOC, 55 Green Street, Clinton, MA 01510
ELMO: Electronic Monitoring will host an intern mid-summer. They will get a fresh look into the structure, control, and accountability of over 6,000 defendants/probationers. Learn about GPS monitoring and portable breath-testing devices.

Week 6 MTOC, 55 Green Street, Clinton, MA 01510 and Local Courthouse
Victim Services Unit: Shadow a coordinator and learn more about victims/survivors and grant funding. Serving nearly 4,000 victims and families over the past year, the VSU is essential to achieving our mission and vision. The VSU is partially funded through VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) funding.

Week 7 Local CJSC
Community Justice Support Centers: Learn how MPS incorporates evidence-based practices to reduce recidivism via high-quality sentencing, re-entry, and pretrial treatment.

Week 8 Local events
Communications: Create and maintain a listing of various communication efforts across MPS. Participate in events involving communication efforts.

The schedule may change based on availability and events happening within the department.

Minimum Requirements:

• Working towards a bachelor’s degree (or graduate degree, etc.) from an accredited college or university, concentration in Criminal Justice (preferred)
• Knowledge of computer software and case management systems.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work professionally with persons at all levels, including judges and other officials, and to maintain effective working relationships.
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in oral and written forms, including the ability to communicate technical information to non-technical people.
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
• Ability to travel across the Commonwealth.


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