We love working with interns

Description

CASA of Luzerne County offers flexible and challenging internships to students of local colleges.

Among other responsibilities, interns may:

  • Observe dependency court hearings to learn how the court interacts with the child welfare system.
  • Observe multidisciplinary inter-agency team meetings following the removal of a child from his/her/their family of origin.
  • Develop an appreciation for the impact CASA volunteers have on the court and the child welfare system.
  • Build relationships with the court and Children & Youth Services to research case histories.
  • Gain insight into the issues confronting children who experience abuse and/or neglect.
  • Expand their understanding of the importance of confidentiality.
  • Participate in CASA volunteer training.
  • Assist in data collection, entry, and tracking.
  • Practice administrative responsibilities.

Internships may be customized to the student’s area of interest.

Length

1 semester required; 2 semesters preferred

Suggested Majors

Social Work, Nonprofit Management, Psychology, Pre-Law, Education, Communication, Health Communication

Supervisor

Shannon Joyce
Advocate Coordinator

Organization

CASA of Luzerne County

CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) of Luzerne County is a non-profit child advocacy organization that was established in 2013 to serve abused and neglected children. Our mission is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children currently under the Luzerne County Court’s jurisdiction. We work to ensure that each child’s immediate needs are met and that a long-term plan to find a safe, nurturing, and permanent home for each child is carefully considered and responsibly implemented.

CASA of Luzerne County works to achieve this mission by providing a qualified, compassionate Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) to each child. A CASA is a trained community volunteer who is appointed by a judge to represent the best interests of an abused and neglected child (or sibling group) in court.

Location

667 South River Street
Plains, PA 18705

Credit

Not required

Contact

Shannon Joyce
sjoyce@luzernecasa.org
570-855-2247

Application Process

  1. Online Application (below)
  2. In-Person Interview
  3. Reference Check
  4. Background Check

Note

CASA of Luzerne County does not offer direct services to children, so there would be no possibility for you to be involved with children in that capacity.  Our role in the office is one of recruiting, training, and supervising the work of volunteer advocates for children in dependency as well as monitoring dependency cases.  As such, this internship would, by necessity, have to focus more on those issues.


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Ready to really apply yourself?

The information on this form will help us assess your qualifications to serve as an intern with CASA of Luzerne County. Please read the directions carefully and complete all sections of the form. Information provided by you is confidential. If your application is accepted, CASA program staff will contact you to schedule an interview. 

Feel free to email a cover letter and resume after you submit your application (although this is not required).  Following a review of your application, a member of our staff will contact you regarding the next steps in the screening process. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us.

Personal Information
Name *
Name
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
Phone *
Phone
Address *
Address
What is your preference for internship length? *
When are you available to start? *
When are you available to start?
Education
Enrollment (check all that apply)
Child Welfare Experience
Please tell us about any personal and/or professional experience you, your family, or friends have with the following agencies, organizations or areas. You are not required or expected to have any experience in these areas.
Transportation
Do you have access to a vehicle?
Criminal History
An applicant having a charge or convictions for a crime involving a sex offense or child abuse or neglect will be rejected. Applicants with other misdemeanor or felony charges or convictions that would not pose a risk to children or negatively impact the credibility of the program will be considered on a case by case basis. Please answer the following questions. If YES, please explain.
Personal References
Authorization
I hereby affirm that all of the answers provided on my application are true. I hereby authorize CASA of Luzerne County and any law enforcement agency that CASA authorizes, to verify my social security number and investigate my background to determine my fitness as an intern. I understand that the information requested in this application will be used only for the purpose of determining suitability as an intern. If unforeseen circumstances prevent me from fulfilling my obligations, I will submit my written resignation to the Advocate Coordinator with as much advance notice as possible. I am aware of the sensitive and confidential nature of the official documents, reports, and other material I will examine in my capacity as an intern. I will only discuss these matters with those people directly involved in the case or who will be consulted for their professional knowledge and expertise. I also understand that the CASA program reserves the right to decline any applicant based on a thorough screening process.