Resources & Opportunities

The Department of Sociology & Criminology is committed to assisting students with the process of exploring careers, acquiring hands-on experience through internships, service learning, and research projects, and preparing successful application materials for employment and graduate school.

This area of the website offers a wealth of information for students, including:

Featured Internship Opportunity with the U.S. Pretrial Services Office:
Now accepting applications for the 2015 Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters.  See details below. 

DEADLINES:

For SPRING 2015: November 21, 2014
For SUMMER 2015: March 20, 2015
For FALL 2015: June 19, 2015

The internship program serves to broaden the United States Pretrial Services Office’s commitment to providing the highest quality service and the products to the United States District Court through investigations and leading the way in community supervision and safety. The U.S. Pretrial Services Office extends its commitment to servicing the community by selecting college and university students to serve in non-compensated student intern positions.

DUTIES/ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

 Being exposed to the Federal criminal justice system

 Being exposed to a broad overview of the U.S. Pretrial Services Office

 Attending initial interviews of new arrests

 Attending court hearings daily: initial appearances, violations, arraignments, guilty pleas, trials, sentencings

 Monitoring status of firearms and passports of defendants

 Assisting Officers and performing functions as requested by Pretrial Services staff

 Contacting state and federal agencies

 Managing case files using PACTS database and PACER electronic court docket

 Performing light administrative work

 Conducting research

 Bi-lingual students are strongly encouraged to apply

 Must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible to work for the U.S. Government

 Undergraduate or Graduate college student in good class standing at an accredited educational institution

 Minimum academic grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale within the major

 Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills

 Must have good computer skills

 Must meet the minimum time requirement of twenty (20) hours per week (for at least 10 consecutive weeks); one day per week must be a full eight (8) hour day

 Seeking students willing to fully apply and dedicate themselves to their work


Email a cover letter, resume, and three (3) references to:

Brittney Brooks, U.S. Pretrial Services Officer/Internship Coordinator

brittney_brooks@paept.uscourts.gov

For more information: Interested candidates should contact Brittney Brooks at 267-299-4490, brittney_brooks@paept.uscourts.gov and visit http://www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourts/ProbationPretrialServices.aspx

Featured Job Opportunity:

The U.S. Pretrial Services Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania is hiring a full-time student employee.  Apply by December 1, 2014.  Check out the PDF below.

Additional Resources

The Student Sociologist Newsletter - information about fellowships, scholarships, and conferences (produced by the American Sociological Association)