Christopher Maloney
Chief U.S. Probation Officer

 
 

FEDERAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT
UNITED STATES PROBATION OFFICE FOR THE DISTRICT OF
MASSACHUSETTS

The United States Probation Office for the District of Massachusetts, a division of the United States Courts, is accepting applications for unpaid internships from students interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice, social services, law or other related fields. This is an excellent opportunity for students presently enrolled in criminal justice or related programs to gain “hands-on” experience in a criminal-justice setting.

Students will participate in the criminal-justice process at the presentence and supervision stages. Students will attend sentencing hearings, may be afforded the opportunity to witness behind-the-scenes activities relating to the sentencing process, and will become familiar with the presentence investigation process and with 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 Assistant United States Attorneys), law-enforcement agencies (FBI, DEA, Secret Service, U.S. Customs, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, police agencies, sheriffs’ offices, etc.); correctional institutions (prisons, jails, contract halfway houses, etc.) and the U.S. District Court. They are required to possess a knowledge of human behavior in the counseling and supervision of offenders to change behavior, while ensuring the protection of society. During the presentence stage, the Probation Officer conducts an investigation into the defendant's background and prepares a report for the sentencing judge. The Probation Officer also prepares a recommendation detailing what he/she believes is the appropriate sentence for a particular defendant. During the supervision stage, the Probation Officer acts as a broker/provider of human services by assisting the offender in obtaining employment, counseling for drug/alcohol problems, marital and financial problems, etc.

Students interested in performing an internship with the U.S. Probation Office should contact their faculty representative to learn about their program requirements. Students may work a minimum of 8 hours up to a maximum of 40 hours per week, depending on their academic course level, the requirements of their program of study and the availability of the U.S. Probation Officers to which the student is assigned. Applicants selected must undergo a criminal records check and background investigation which are conducted by the U.S. Probation Office. Students will be expected to comply with all of the policies and procedures of the U.S. Probation Office and the U.S. District Court and to execute the required documentation.

The internship program is available with the U.S. Probation Office in Boston, Massachusetts. There may also be internship opportunities in the U.S. Probation Offices in Springfield, Worcester, Lawrence, and Plymouth. For additional information regarding an internship at any of the above locations, please contact U.S. Probation Officer Richard Rinaldi at or at (413) 785-6920 .

If you are interested in applying for an internship position, complete and mail or fax the Application for Participation in Internship Program (see link below) to:

United States Probation
Springfield Probation Office
300 State Street
Suite 130
Springfield, MA 01105-2920
Attention: Richard Rinaldi, U.S. Probation Officer

Fax:
(413) 781-9484

Internship Application
- Fillable Version (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0 or higher)
- Non-fillable version


 
 

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