Intern with the Juvenile Justice System

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The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is a state cabinet agency, and by law, it is also a treatment and rehabilitative agency for the state's juveniles. DJJ is responsible for providing custodial care and rehabilitation for the state’s children who are incarcerated, on probation or parole, or in community placement for a criminal or status offense. Our goal at DJJ is to protect the public and reclaim juveniles through prevention, community programs, education, and rehabilitative services in the least restrictive environment possible. DJJ serves the youth population with young people ranging in age from 12-21 years old. At DJJ we believe change is possible; that our young people are more than the mistakes of their past.

The Department of Juvenile Justice is expanding its unpaid internship program and enabling students the opportunity to explore a wide variety of careers within the juvenile justice system. There are internships available with the Juvenile Detention Center in which students will gain exposure to youth who have not been adjudicated. There they will learn more about the intake and release process and have the opportunity to shadow a wide variety of professionals including Juvenile Corrections Officers and administrators. There are also unpaid internships available behind the fence at the main campus of the Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia. There students will intern directly with young people who are serving their guidelines. Internships behind the fence range from more administrative roles such as supporting the training and education department and supporting the Deputy Directors to more hands on opportunities such as mentoring youth, supporting the recreational department and shadowing in classification.


Internship candidates must be attending an accredited college. Students must apply and interview for unpaid positions. Background checks and training are provided at no cost to the intern.

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