We love working with interns
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.
1 semester required; 2 semesters preferred
Social Work, Nonprofit Management, Psychology, Pre-Law, Education, Communication, Health Communication
Kimberlee C. Runnion
M.A. in Health Communication from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
B.A. in Speech Communication Studies and Public Relations from Webster University
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.
667 South River Street
Plains, PA 18705
- Online Application (below)
- In-Person Interview
- Reference Check
- Background Check
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.
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.