Intern-Victim Advocate Assistant

  • Nevada County, CA
  • Nevada City, California
  • Nov 28, 2021
Intern Internship Legal Services

Job Description

Definition and Class Characteristics We would like to invite you to be a part of an exciting and innovative team! Join one of our departments within Nevada County that is progressive, ingenious and values your talent. We empower and strive to achieve greatness in our internships! We believe County of Nevada would be an outstanding opportunity for you!

Position Title: Intern, Victim Advocate Assistant: This position will be performed primarily in the Nevada County District Attorney's Office and will report directly to the Senior Victim Advocate. The Victim Witness Assistance Center program is crafted to reduce the trauma and insensitive treatment that victims and witnesses may experience in the wake of a crime by providing mandated statutory services, as well as other comprehensive service interventions, to ensure that victims and witnesses who become involved in the criminal justice system are not further victimized by the system.

Functions of Agency/Department: The primary responsibility of the Nevada County District Attorney's Office is the prosecution of felony and misdemeanor offenses that are referred by law enforcement agencies. Specialized vertical prosecution units have been established to handle Child Abuse, driving under the influence cases, auto theft cases, drug cases, spousal abuse, and sexual assault,

Purpose/Objective: Nevada County Victim Witness Assistance Center Interns aid and support crime victims throughout the criminal justice process, providing immediate and ongoing emotional and material support by offering resources and victim-related information, enabling victims to cope with the trauma associated with the crime and its after effects.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities: Under supervision, Advocate Assistants perform a variety of assignments in assisting victims and witnesses of crimes; serve as a liaison between the court system and victims/witnesses of crimes who are navigating the court process; act as an advocate for victims/witnesses of crime; provide non-professional emotional support; and perform a variety of clerical duties and other related work as required. This position primarily involves connecting with clients via telephone and email, criminal justice intervention, aiding victims in completing crime victim compensation forms and similar activity.
Examples of the types of work to be performed include, but are not limited to the following primary assignments:
  • Answer the telephone;
  • Respond to general advocacy and criminal justice questions and concerns;
  • Demonstrate a high degree of emotional intelligence, compassion and patience;
  • Provide emotional support to victims/family members;
  • Keep victims connected and engaged in the CJS (answer questions, explain the CJS, advocate availability, etc.);
  • Keep victims updated on case status;
  • Act as a facilitator between victims, law enforcement and other agencies;
  • Facilitate quick/easy access to prosecutors;
  • Assist domestic violence victims/families in identifying community services available for victims and providing related information ;
  • Maintain cases in the District Attorney's Case Management System
  • Practice privacy policies and maintain confidentiality
Candidates selected for the internship will be asked to perform a range of duties from very basic activities to those requiring higher skill levels and professional expertise.

Educational Requirements: Qualified Students in any of the following programs: College internship credit, Work-Study, Veteran's Affairs (VA) vocational rehabilitation or VA Work-Study, students pursuing a degree related to this occupational career. Majoring in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Communications, Political Science, Criminal Justice, Law or a closely related field is preferred.

Skills, Training or Qualifications: This Internship is best suited for students or regional occupation program participants, Community College students or graduates pursuing a career in an advocacy or human interest related field. All Advocate Assistant Intern applicants must successfully complete an application, pass a background check and participate in a pre-screening process. Upon retention, Advocate Assistant Interns must successfully complete an initial pre-service advocacy training program, which includes an advocate-specific training curriculum and on-the-job training during business hours, provided by The Senior Victim Advocate and experienced current advocate mentors before providing direct services to victims of crime. Interns will learn effective trauma-informed communication skills necessary for advocating for victims of crime. Interns will gain an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice process and how it relates to victims of crime. Interns will advance cultivation skills as they engage with staff and community members. Advocates must possess the ability to work collaboratively with other staff and community professionals. Basic technology skills and experience utilizing Word, Excel and Outlook are required. Volunteer advocates must present a professional demeanor consistent with the tone of the office environment. A high degree of emotional intelligence and analytical and problem-solving skills are essential for providing victims of crime the individualized support victims require while navigating the criminal justice process. The individual must be comfortable using technology as a primary form of communication to assist with interpersonal communication, database updates and reporting.

Time Commitment: Minimum 10-20 hours per week. Hours can be scheduled in 2- to 8-hour blocks of time during regular business hours (Monday through Friday). Applicants willing to work additional hours or for a longer duration typically gain a more in-depth experience.

Benefits Available to Intern: Though the Advocate Assistant Internship is a non-paid position, this program prepares interns to contend for entry-level advocacy and victim support positions. Typically, interns participate in this program between six (6) to twenty-four (24) months based on individual training and experience requirements and needs of the department. During the duration of the program, incumbents are encouraged to develop dynamically growing skills and to work with greater independence of action as they further gain experience and proficiency in their occupation for progression into permanent County positions, if available.

With this internship, students and graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to:
  • Build their resume and explore career options
  • Apply skills and knowledge to the workplace
Moreover, advocating for others invokes a sense of personal value. Doing for others and giving back often times gives people a mental boost by instilling in them a neurochemical sense of reward. Helping those in need impacts one's personal well-being as much as it affects the individual to whom one is extending time and resources.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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