Victim Witness Advocate Internship
The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office Victim Witness Advocate Internship is a non-paid position and involves a minimum commitment of 140 hours per semester for an undergraduate student. Internships are usually arranged with an academic field placement coordinator; however, independent internships for students enrolled in an accredited school are also considered.
The Victim Witness Services Division consists of several units: Sensitive Crimes (sexual assault), Child Protection Advocacy Unit, General Crimes (misdemeanor and felony/homicide), Domestic Violence, Crisis Response, Juvenile Justice Center and Outreach (subpoena process service). Interns are assigned to a unit based on their academic and career objectives. However, during training they receive an orientation to each unit. Interns shadow victim advocates and experience providing direct services to crime victims and witnesses. Victims’ rights are guaranteed by Wisconsin State Statute 950 and the Wisconsin Constitution. The intern accompanies advocates and victims to hearings (preliminary, jury trials, motions, pleas and sentencing, pre-trials, probation reviews, etc). Interns monitor the victim waiting rooms providing assistance to victims and witnesses while they wait for scheduled hearings. Services provided and other relevant information is documented using the PROTECT records management system. Interns also work with subpoena clerks and process servers to better understand how victims and witnesses are legally summoned to participate in the criminal justice process. If the schedule permits, interns are expected to participate in a ride-along with a process server and a crisis response advocate. The supervisor of the unit monitors and meets weekly with the intern.
The internship program is available only to students pursuing bachelor and graduate degrees and enrolled in an accredited college or university. The process involves an application, criminal background check and an interview. Graduate level internships require a two-semester commitment. The Sensitive Crimes Unit accepts only graduate-level students. Students are expected to commit to a schedule, which is established by the student and a supervisor and is based on the availability of the student and needs of the office.
This program provides the student with a valuable opportunity to participate in the largest and one of the most progressive District Attorney's Offices in Wisconsin. Intern positions are limited and all applicants are carefully screened for suitability.
To apply, send cover letter and resume.