The Internship Program within the probation office in the District of Wyoming demonstrates a commitment to the community by selecting college and university students to serve in non-compensated student intern positions within the organization.
Serving as a Probation Office student intern under the direction of a Probation Officer affords the student intern the opportunity to enhance and broaden their education with practical experience in the field of criminal justice.
To be eligible to participate in the internship program, the following prerequisites must be met:
- Must be a United States citizen.
- Be no more than 37 years of age.
- Junior, Senior or Graduate student in good class standing at an accredited college, university, or educational institution.
- Minimum academic grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale. Exceptions to this requirement will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- Enrolled in not less than half time in a course of study that includes an internship component and is related to the work to be performed.
- Physical, mental, and emotional health must be such that student is capable of carrying out the activities required by the internship.
- Not use any illegal controlled substance.
- Free of any prior criminal history.
The Probation Office prefers students who have completed course work in corrections or criminal justice, including courses in probation, parole, or similar course work. The course work requirement may be waived by the Chief Probation Officer.
Application and Selection Process
Interested students should forward to the Internship Program Coordinator the following documents:
- Letter of interest;
- Student Intern Application;
- Letter affirming qualification for internship from the appropriate faculty representative of the college or university;
- School paper on any subject in order to assess writing skills;
- Copy of graduate and undergraduate transcripts; and
- Name, address and telephone number of at least two references.
The above materials should be provided no later than four weeks prior to the term in which the internship is anticipated (exceptions should be arranged with the Internship Program Coordinator). The student intern's physical, mental, and emotional health must be such that they are capable of carrying out the activities required by the internship. The Internship Program Coordinator will contact selected students and arrange for them to visit the Probation Office for the purpose of a personal interview.
Whenever possible, selection of student interns will be made well in advance of the beginning of the term or semester for which the student intern will serve.
Conditions of Appointment
All students who are selected for an internship will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement Form, specifying that they will maintain confidentiality of all case information during and after the course of their affiliation with the Probation Office. In addition, student interns will be required to sign an Acknowledgment of Risk form, acknowledging potential risks associated with their duties as a student intern.
A background investigation will be conducted at the appropriate Probation Office under the direction of the Internship Program Coordinator. The investigation will include, but not be limited to the following:
- NCIC and local criminal history records checks of applicant;
- Previous employment inquiries as selected;
- Inquiry with at least two personal references; and
- A credit report inquiry.
Prior to their appointment, student interns will be informed as to the specific length of their affiliation with the Probation Office, including dates of entry and termination by signing an Acknowledgment of Gratuitous Services and Waiver. The Acknowledgment of Gratuitous Services and Waiver must be signed by the Clerk of the U.S. District Court prior to the beginning of the internship.
Once an intern discontinues his/her education or graduates from his/her respective institution, they will no longer be allowed to continue their internship.
Internships will be available in the Cheyenne and Casper offices within the District of Wyoming. The Probation Office will attempt to make every effort to accommodate office preferences with the perspective intern. Only one intern position, per office, will be available at any one time.
Academic credits for internships are to be determined by the academic institution and the working hours will be negotiated with each perspective intern.
The intern must be able to commit to a minimum of 16 hours per week for 12 weeks. Exceptions to the minimum time commitments must be approved by the Chief Probation Officer.
The Probation Office reserves the right to terminate an intern for cause with or without notice.
Internship Program Coordinator:
US Probation Officer
111 South Wolcott, Room 300
Casper, WY 82601