Volunteers and Interns


Volunteer and Internship Program

Applicants for volunteer and intern positions must be at least 21 years of age unless otherwise stated. Experience working with juveniles is preferred for relevant positions. An orientation to the court and on-the-job training is provided. Benefits include experience working with juveniles and families in the court system. Volunteer positions require a minimum commitment of six months or as otherwise stated.

Prior to beginning a volunteer or intern position with JDRDC, applicants must successfully pass a criminal history background check, which includes FBI fingerprint check, Child Protective Services (CPS) Registry check, criminal and driving record checks and personal reference checks.

Volunteer Positions

Attorney Advisement Day Assistant: Interviews defendants and assists in processing paperwork to determine eligibility for court-appointed attorneys..

Administrative Assistant: Works with secretarial staff in various offices. Primary duties include answering phones and referring calls; distributing reports, mail, and other documents; copying and collating documents for distribution.

Court Administrative Assistant: Assists the Court clerks with administrative duties related to the Driver’s License ceremonies and in the financial office.

Community Service Program Assistant: Interviews clients, sets up community service sites, monitors client progress with community service assignment, and administrative duties such as data entry and filing.

Interpreter (Spanish): Facilitates communication between court staff and clients, primarily in domestic relations’ cases. One year commitment preferred.

Victim Services Aide: Assists crime victims of juvenile offenders, notifies victims of pending court hearings, informs victims of their legal rights and provides emotional support.

Research Assistant: Assists court research staff in research activities. Activities may include providing support for research, evaluation and statistical reporting to support court service programs for juveniles and adults; providing support on statistical analysis, customer satisfaction survey administration, and assisting in the production of the agency annual report and any other special projects the Research Analyst may currently be assigned to complete.

Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program Assistant: Primary duties include meeting and waiting with clients prior to visitation or exchange, escorting children to and from the car and visitation room, monitoring time and visitation with the non-custodial parents, assisting to ensure rules of visitation are followed.

EMPOWER Program Job Coach/Mentor: Serves as one-on-one job coach/mentor to at-risk and court-involved youth. Provides support, encouragement and positive perspectives while assisting youth plan a career path. Serves as a source of information regarding continuing education and career development techniques in general. One year commitment required.

 

Internship Positions

One and two semester internships are offered to students seeking six to twelve hours of academic credit or a minimum of 250 total hours per term. Internships are offered during summer, fall and/or spring terms. Internships vary in length depending on the university program requirements and Court needs. Some internships may comprise more than one term.

Applications are accepted and interviews are scheduled during the following months for the corresponding terms:

 

Term Applications Accepted/Interviews Scheduled
Fall (September-December) March - June
Spring (January-April/May) September - October
Summer (May-August) January - March

 

To request an application, please contact the Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 703-246-4395.

JUVENILE INTAKE UNIT

Assist intake staff in conducting client interviews and gathering information for writing Pre-Court Interdisciplinary (IDT) Reports. Assist staff in monitoring diversion cases. Assist clerical staff with various administrative tasks.

Minimum requirement: Junior level undergraduate student. Prefer undergraduate Administration/Criminal Justice students with exceptional writing skills. Prefer one semester commitment; spring term only.

DOMESTIC RELATIONS UNIT

Assist intake staff in filing petitions regarding custody, visitation, support, and family violence. Assist probation staff in providing supervision to adults convicted of misdemeanor offenses against children or family members. This may include learning the court process by attending a variety of court hearings including violation hearings, arraignments and trials. Learn the responsibilities of an adult probation officer which may include visiting adults in facilities, attending and participating in meetings and learning appropriate record keeping methods. Interview clients placed on probation, conduct investigations, assist in referring clients to appropriate resources and write reports.

Prefer senior level undergraduate student majoring in Administration/Criminal Justice or pre-law.

PROBATION UNIT

Assist in providing supervision to youths placed on probation. This may include learning the court process by attending a variety of court hearings to include violation hearings, detention hearings and trials. Learn the responsibilities of a probation officer which may include visiting youths in facilities, attending and participating in professional meetings and learning appropriate record keeping methods. Interview juveniles placed on probation, conduct investigations, assist in referring clients to appropriate resources, formulate plans for supervision and write reports.

Minimum requirement: Junior level undergraduate student. Prefer two semester commitment but will consider one semester interns.

SPECIAL SERVICES PLACEMENTS

Supervise youth on probation or parole who are placed in residential treatment facilities. Work with families, visit treatment facilities, write reports and assist in developing case plans for presentation to special teams.

Minimum requirement: Junior level undergraduate student. Prefer two semester commitment but will consider one semester interns.

PAROLE UNIT

Assist in providing supervision to youth committed to juvenile correctional centers. Assist juveniles and their families in adjusting when the youth returns to the community.

Minimum requirement: Junior level undergraduate student. Prefer two semester commitment but will consider one semester interns.

RESIDENTIAL UNITS

Under supervision of a counselor, supervise residents, including monitor and document behavior in the facility log. Accompany and interact with residents in various activities in the community. Observe and process individual, family and group resident counseling sessions with staff; process learning opportunities, experiences, and or obstacles.

Prefer two-semester, Master-level social work or counseling students. Under certain circumstances will consider undergraduate students and one-semester interns.

SUPERVISED RELEASE SERVICES (SRS)

Under direct supervision, monitors cases involving juvenile delinquents and assists in the rehabilitation of individuals. Reviews and obtains necessary signatures on rules of conduct, supervision plans, and confidentiality forms. Adheres to client and family contact standards, gathers information from parents, school officials, and other collateral contacts to provide appropriate case services. Prepares for detention hearings involving children not assigned to probation units by reviewing the Court’s files, interviewing defendants, parents, the complainant, and collecting all information relevant to statutory criteria for detention. Records daily case activity and maintains case files in accordance with DJJ standards.

Prefer undergraduate Administration/Criminal Justice students. Prefer two semester commitment; available at least 16 hours per week, preferably Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

VICTIM SERVICES PROGRAM

Under direct supervision, provides emotional support to the victim and advocates on behalf of the victim to the Commonwealth Attorney, in cooperation with probation staff, to insure their rights to participate in offender’s sentencing. Provides advanced notice of court proceedings; prepares the victim for court. Assists in writing Victim Impact Statements and the filing of a Victim Statement for Financial Loss. Arranges victim/offender meetings. Provides resource referrals for counseling, medical or psychological services. Assists in obtaining compensation through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund, notification of offender status, and enforcement of Restitution orders. Assists in obtaining payee and payment information for restitution cases.

Prefer graduate level Administration/Criminal Justice or social work students. Prefer two semester commitment.

SUPERVISED VISITATION AND EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Under direct supervision, assists in client intakes, visitations and exchanges of families involved in the Court’s Supervised Visitation program. Assists in modeling appropriate parenting, interaction and communication skills with children. Assists in linking clients to services based on client assessment. Documents supervised visits and exchanges as required by program. Documents and reports suspected child abuse per mandated requirements. Assists in completing and maintaining documentation in client files. Assists in gathering and reporting statistical information for future program planning and updating procedural manuals, parent information packets, etc. as needed.

Minimum requirement: Junior level undergraduate student. One or two semester commitment. Day, evening and weekend hours are required.

EVENING REPORTING CENTER

Under direct supervision, assists in providing supervision to youths placed with the Evening Reporting Center. Assists in interviewing referred clients, monitoring participant behavior and activities. Assists in writing daily reports to probation officers, writing court reports and discharge summaries, and learning appropriate recordkeeping methods.

Prefer undergraduate Administration/Criminal Justice students. One or two semester commitment. Day and evening hours are required.

 

For additional information or to apply, please contact:

Volunteer Services Coordinator
Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court
4110 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone 703-246-4395
TTY 711

 

 


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