Santa Cruz Probation/UCSC Internship Program
The Probation Department and the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Communities Studies Program are working collaboratively to place student interns majoring in Sociology, Psychology, Community, and Legal studies to work with youth in the juvenile justice system. Internship placements are available to assist youth and crime victims. The UCSC students commit to a minimum of 10 hours of work with youth on probation or in the Juvenile Hall each week.
Next Intern Orientation: Thursday January 16, 2014 from 1:30 until 3:00 p.m.
Location: 3650 Graham Hill Road, Felton
While meeting UCSC students' personal and academic goals, many youth and families benefit from this program. A few of the accomplishments are listed below:
- Mentoring youth and helping them successfully complete probation terms e.g. stay in school, obtain prenatal care, attend counseling, complete community service, and find work
- Assisting crime victims
- One-on-one turtoring in the Juvenile Hall school, probation offices, and youths' homes
- Active listening to youth in confinement
- Assisting with writing and poetry group in the Juvenile Hall
- Attending "Girls Talk" group in the Juvenile Hall
- Assistance with Teen Peer Court
- Recreational activities with youth
- Assisting with art projects in the Juvenile Hall
- Goal planning with youth
- Organizing parenting classes
- Developing community service projects for youth at beaches and in state parks
- Helping to develop the community garden in Watsonville
- Assisting youth with resume writing
- Taking youth on field trips to the University
- Research projects such as a study of the juvenile court system
To apply go to the following website:
Fill out volunteer forms/application and submit it to the VIP program. Complete the application process with VIP program which will include fingerprinting and background checks.
After you have completed the application process with VIP program and have been cleared/approved, contact the Intern Coordinator with the Department you would like to intern for.
Attend Intern Orientation organized by the Probation Department. Orientations are scheduled biannually.
Intern's must be upper graduate students (Junior's/Senior's) majoring in a related field such as Criminal Justices/Social Justice/Psychology/Social Science Study's. At this time, we are not able to supervise interns who are participating in a masters degree program. Intern Orientations are held two times per year. One in January, and the second in June. Other requirements are obtaining a TB test, providing results after you have attended the Intern Orientation, and an interview with the Intern Coordinator at the Probation Department.
You must attend one orientation session in order to be considered for a position.