Whether your college major is a criminal justice or corrections-related field, law, psychology, social work, education, liberal arts or business, the Courts may have an internship opportunity for you.
The purpose of a quality internship is to provide a practical learning experience within the justice system, which benefits both the student, school and our court. Additionally, it allows the intern to complete the internship requirements for his/her college degree.
Our Mission is to administer justice and restore wholeness in a manner that inspires public trust. In addition to our mission, the 20th Judicial Circuit and Ottawa County Probate Courts also feel a responsibility to contribute to the development and training of future professionals for the criminal justice system and other related social service fields through our Internship Program.
- Internship Job Descriptions
Placement - Court Division
Caseworker - Family Division, Juvenile Court
Juvenile Clerical - Family Division, Juvenile Court
Youth Specialist - Juvenile Detention Center
Lighthouse Program - Juvenile Detention Center
Treatment Services - Juvenile Court, Treatment Services
Restorative Community Service - Juvenile Court, Treatment Services
Friend of the Court Investigator - Family Division, Domestic Services
Legal Self-Help Center - Friend of the Court
Circuit Court Administrator - Trial Division
Felony Collections/Legal - Trial Division
Clerical/Legal - Probate Court
- Benefit to Student Interns
Our responsibility is to provide an environment in which a student intern will, after orientation and training, be able to:
- Understand and apply academic theory in a realistic setting.
- Understand the function and structure of the Circuit and Probate Courts and their relationship to other parts of the criminal system.
- Understand the interaction with supervisory staff, court customers and community resources.
- Reference letter for future employment upon successful completion.
- Benefit to to Courts
The 20th Judicial Circuit and Ottawa County Probate Court will benefit from a quality internship program by:
- Having motivated and capable students assist with the delivery of casework and other court-related services.
- Having assistance on special projects beneficial to the 20th Judicial Circuit and Ottawa County Probate Court.
- Sharing of educational knowledge and enhancing the 20th Judicial Circuit and Ottawa County Probate Court knowledge base.
- Having continual interaction with new people and ideas.
- Internship Supervision
Supervision in the Internship Program will be provided by experienced, professional staff committed to their work and to the development and education of future professionals.
- Eligibility Criteria
- You must be 18 years of age.
- Have the ability to pass a criminal background check prior to being accepted to the Internship.
- Provide for your own transportation.
- You must be a junior or senior or enrolled in a recognized bachelor degree or graduate program.
- Internships are available each semester (fall, winter, and summer). You are required to complete a 12 to 15 week program and a minimum of 180 hours.
- Students are required to complete an 8-hour orientation training experience after which they will perform supervised tasks.
Completed Internship Application Forms should be submitted to:
20th Judicial Circuit/Ottawa County Probate Court
414 Washington Street, Suite 300
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Attn: Madelyn Bell - Undergrad – or – indy Spielmaker & Michelle Anguiano - MSW