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Court, Law, and Legal Services Internships

Arizona Attorney General- Office of Victims Services

Contact: Briana Bobertz- Victims Coordinator

1275 W. Washington St

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Phone: 602-542-4911

Email: Briana.bobertz@azag.gov

www.azag.gov/volunteer 

The mission of the Attorney General’s Office of Victim Services is to promote justice and healing for people affected by crime in the state of Arizona. The office of Victim Services is broken down into two primary facets, the advocacy and assistance provided to crime of cases prosecuted/argued by attorneys of the Attorney General’s Office and the leadership and agency support responsibilities that impact on the legal rights afforded to victims of crime in Arizona.

Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education

Contact: Sandra Constantine, Legal Services Coordinator, 602-773-3422, Sandra.Constantine@azflse.org

Susan Nusall, Director of Volunteers, 602-340-7361, Susan.Nusall@azflse.org

4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 210                                                                                              

Phoenix, Arizona 85016-6288                                                                                                                                          

http://www.azflse.org/azflse/volunteeropps/

The State Bar of Arizona created the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education as a separate 501(c) 3 organizations in 1978, charging it with the mission of promoting access to justice for all Arizonans. The Foundation strives to fulfill this mission by preparing Arizona youth for civic responsibility and providing access to justice for Arizonan's most in need. Through the provision of technical and financial assistance to probation & resource officers, teachers & administrators, private attorneys & judges, and legal service attorneys & advocates, the Foundation works to level the playing field, so that all in Arizona have knowledge and access to the justice systems.

 

Arizona Justice Project                 

Contact: Shawnee Ziegler

411 N. Central Ave, Suite 600

Phoenix, AZ 85004-2139

602-496-0573

Email: Shawnee.Cloud@asu.edu

Since 1998, The Justice Project has been helping to overturn and prevent wrongful convictions in the State of Arizona. The Justice Project examines claims of innocence and manifest injustice, and provides legal representation for inmates believed to have been failed by the criminal justice system.

 

Maricopa County Adult Probation Department                                                   

Merci Hernandez                                                                                                            

(602)-506-3516      

www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov 

Interns specializing in Justice Studies or other related fields are able to work in the department’s office where they will assist in paperwork, work with specialized case loads, occasionally accompany police officers to court hearings, listen to interviews and will also be able to attend a ride along with an officer. Contact Merci Hernandez for an application and more information.

City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office

(602)-534-1929

City Prosecutor’s Office                                                                                                   

Phoenix Municipal Courthouse

300 West Washington Street, 8th Floor

Phoenix, Arizona 85003                                           

The City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office prosecutes most misdemeanor crimes that occur in the City of Phoenix.

We not only work toward holding offenders accountable, we also use a variety of problem-solving approaches to achieving justice and making Phoenix a safer community.

Internships are available with the Victim Services Unit on a case-by-case basis every semester. For more information and if interested to apply for an internship, please contact: DeAnn Jensen at: Deann.Jensen@phoenix.gov or contact her at: 602-261-8191. For more information, please visit the City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office at https://www.phoenix.gov/law/prosecutor

Court of Appeals, Division One

Lisa Calderon, Human Resources Generalist                                                                         

lcalderson@appeals.az.gov

(602)-542-0266 

1501 W. Washington Street                                                                                              

Phoenix, Arizona 85007                                                      

http://azcourts.gov/coa1/Home.aspx 

The Court of Appeals, Division One program mission is to provide externs with exposure to oral arguments and provide insight as to how the appeals process operates and what Human Resource does to keep the process organized and orderly. The role of the intern/extern is to help assist the Human Resource department with filing and filling out employee paperwork. Specifically, this happens by sorting out employee personnel files and separating confidential paperwork from employment paperwork.

Maricopa County Justice Court / North Mesa Justice of the Peace

Contact:  Judge Cecil Ash                                                          

CecilAsh@mcjc.maricopa.gov

Office:  480-926-9734

1837 S. Mesa Dr., Ste. B-103                                                    

Mesa, AZ  85210

Duties of the internship would include performing research and analysis of pleadings filed in both criminal and civil cases, determining whether there has been compliance with the laws and procedures pertaining to the pleadings.  Performing research --  or verifying the research --  that has been performed by attorneys in various motions, doing some clerical work and general administrative work with the court, and otherwise assisting the judge in filling out paperwork and rendering decisions necessary to the administration of justice.

 

Maricopa County Public Defender's Office 

Vanessa Smith, Law Clerk Office

(602)-506-7711

Email: smithv001@mail.maricopa.gov

620 W. Jackson Street, Suite 4015                                                                                              

Phoenix, AZ 85003

 

The Internship Program is designed to give interns exposure to the work environment of a Public Defender’s Office, including opportunities to observe and assist in legal proceedings and contribute to the work of the criminal defense team. The Program integrates interns into our Office and allows them to assume some of the same responsibilities as our full time personnel.  All interns are supervised by the program coordinator and assigned to work with trial attorney teams consisting of: Initial Services, Mitigation and Paralegal Services. Internships are available in the trial and appellate divisions of our office every semester.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to: Vanessa Smith, Law Clerk/Extern Supervisor at smithv001@mail.maricopa.gov. For more information, please contact SST internship coordinator Erika Martinez at Erika.Martinez.3@asu.edu or by calling the SST advising office at 480-965-7682.

Maricopa County Attorney’s Office- Victim Services Division

Victim Services Internships and Volunteer positions year a round.  Victim Services Interns assume the capacity of a Victim Advocate Assistant. The duty of this position is to assist advocates in providing assistance, information and services to victim (s) of various crimes. If you are interested in this type of internship, please see the following volunteer/intern description and application here:  https://www.maricopacountyattorney.org/DocumentCenter/View/67

For more information on how to apply, please contact the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office intern coordinator Ellen Larson at larsone@mcao.maricopa.gov

Maricopa County Leadership and Education Advancing Public Service

Contact: 

 Arizona State University students have the opportunity to compete for paid internships within multiple Maricopa County departments through an award-winning program approved by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Arizona State University. This ASU and Maricopa County partnership offers top students hands-on experience and greatly enhances their education with an introduction to the opportunities and rewards of public service careers, including in county government. The internship program also provides specialized career training applicable to any field.

The Maricopa County Leadership and Education Advancing Public Service program, MCLEAPS, is administered through ASU’s College of Public Service and Community Solutions, and internships are open to all ASU students.  Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for this experiential and educational opportunity. MCLEAPS is an exciting opportunity for the students and the County, and an example of Dr. Michael Crow’s vision of ASU’s community embeddedness. 

The full-time, immersive work-learning opportunities are offered in fall and spring semesters.  Most are project-based and vary by department, providing an opportunity to complement student’s academic pursuits, recruiting and training the highest performing, most dedicated young people to become the next generation of public servants.

Interns earn these benefits:

  • career-relevant work experience, skills, and industry knowledge for chosen career
  • opportunity to build a network of professional connections for career start and advancement 
  • full waiver of semester ASU tuition and fees (student will be responsible for any fees associated with specific degree programs)
  • stipend of $4,700 paid for project work performed
  • academic credit toward degree, depending on major and degree, as well as Department or School requirements

Participating Maricopa County Divisions and Departments have included: 

  • Adult Probation
  • Air Quality
  • Environmental Services
  • Flood Control District
  • Human Services
  • Justice Systems and Planning and Information
  • Juvenile Probation
  • Maricopa County Attorney's Office - Investigations and Victim's Services
  • Maricopa County Department of Transportation - Communications
  • Maricopa County Department of Transportation- Finance and ITC
  • Maricopa County Education Service Agency - Research, Finance, and Marketing
  • Maricopa County Treasurer's Office
  • Office of Enterprise Technology
  • Office of Communications
  • Planning and Development
  • Procurement Services
  • Public Fiduciary
  • Research and Planning Services - Superior Court Administration

For more information and deadlines to apply, please visit: https://publicservice.asu.edu/mcleaps

 

Maricopa Superior Court- PACS AmeriCorps Member- Law Library Resource Center

Contact: Lisa Porter, Internship Supervisor

201 W. Jefferson St,

Phoenix, AZ 85003

602-506-3461, 602-506-3464 (office)

Email: porterl@superiorcourt.maricopa.gov

The Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, the 4th largest general jurisdiction court system in the nation, seeks enthusiastic college student volunteers to participate in an AmeriCorps program, as a Providing Access to Court Services (PACS) Member in the Law Library Resource Center. AmeriCorps PACS Members will be critical to the operations of the Self-Service Center and Protective Order Center. The Superior Court is committed to providing access to justice for all people in the community.

 

U.S. District Court-District of Arizona 

Internships available in: Pretrial Services and Probation

The U.S. Pretrial Service Office offers an opportunity for self-motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal skills and strong work ethic to explore a career in public service.  Our fast paced, prestigious environment consists of challenging and rewarding work and training opportunities.

Occupational Information                                                                    

The United States Pretrial Services Office, District of Arizona, extends its commitment to serving the community by providing undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain experience in the field of pretrial services through non-paid internships.  It is our mission to provide a unique opportunity for students to increase their knowledge of the issues involving the federal criminal justice system while gaining experience in the field of criminal justice.  Interns will be exposed to all facets of U.S. Pretrial Service Officer functions, including bail investigations and supervision of defendants, under the supervision of a mentor.

The persons selected for this position will have contact with confidential material which is protected under confidentiality regulations.  Disclosure of any confidential information to the outside public is prohibited.

Minimum Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must be a student enrolled in an accredited college or university with at least a 2.5 GPA, studying criminal justice or a related field and enrolled in an internship program on or before the start date.  Applicants must be physically capable, have good vision and normal hearing ability.  Applicants must be participating in an internship program with their college program.

Applicant Information

Selection process

If minimum qualifications are met, an interview may be scheduled. Selected interns will be subject to a criminal records check with law enforcement agencies and a drug screening test.

How to apply


Go to web address http://agency.governmentjobs.com/azduscourts/default.cfm to submit an online application and attach a cover letter, resume, three references (preferably at least one academic, one personal, and one employment reference, if applicable), and copies of your most recent transcripts. Attachments should be submitted as WordPerfect, Word or Adobe Acrobat.pdf documents.

Other formats are not acceptable.  Applications will be considered complete
when the on-line application and all required attachments in the proper format are received in the Human Resources Division.

If questions remain, please call the Human Resources Division at (602) 322-7110.

The United States Probation Office, District of Arizona

The U.S. Probation Office offers an opportunity for self-motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal skills and strong work ethic to explore a career in public service.  Our fast paced, prestigious environment consists of challenging and rewarding work and training opportunities.

Occupational Information

The United States Probation Office, District of Arizona, extends its commitment to serving the community by providing undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain experience in the field of probation through non-paid internships. It is our mission to provide a unique opportunity for students to increase their knowledge of the issues involving the federal criminal justice system while gaining experience in the field of criminal justice.  Interns will be exposed to all facets of U.S. Probation Officer functions, including supervision of offenders and presentence investigations, under the supervision of a mentor.

The persons selected for this position will have contact with confidential material which is protected under confidentiality regulations.  Disclosure of any confidential information to the outside public is prohibited.

You must be able to physically report for duty the entire length of the internship in order to receive credit.  On-line distance learning internships are not available. The internships are in the Probation divisions located in: Phoenix, Flagstaff and Yuma.  
 
Minimum qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must be a student enrolled in an accredited college or university with at least a 2.5 GPA, studying criminal justice or a related field.  Applicants must be physically capable, have good vision and normal hearing ability. 

Selection process

If minimum qualifications are met, an interview may be scheduled. Selected interns will be subject to a criminal records check with law enforcement agencies and a drug  and Victim Servicesscreening test.  

How to apply

Go to web address http://agency.governmentjobs.com/azduscourts/default.cfm to submit an on-line application and attach a cover letter, resume, three references (preferably at least one academic, one personal, and one employment reference, if applicable), and copies of your most recent transcripts (unofficial are acceptable). Attachments should be submitted as WordPerfect, Word or Adobe Acrobat .pdf documents.  Other formats are not acceptable. Applications will be considered complete when the on-line application and all required attachments in the proper format are received in the Human Resources Division.