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Criminal Justice Intern

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ORGANIZATION: Beacon of Hope Crisis Center

  • 132 people are interested

A Criminal Justice Intern serves under the Criminal Justice Program which aims to break the cycle of abuse, educate victims about resources, and support them to achieve a life free from the grip of domestic violence and sexual assault. Beacon of Hope has formulated partnerships with police departments in Central Indiana. Victim Advocates respond to police reports to offer victims services, safety planning and address other needs that they may have. The Criminal Justice Intern helps Victim Advocates to better serve our clients.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Updating the victims on criminal cases within the criminal justice process
  • Assisting the victims in connecting with their assigned advocate within the prosecutor’s office on detailed information regarding their case
  • Helping the victims with preparation of a Victim Impact Statement
  • Accompanying the victims to court for criminal cases, protective orders or child in need of services (CHINS) cases
  • Providing the victims with empathy and support during court accompaniment
  • Answering victims’ questions during court accompaniment (training will be provided)
  • Assisting the victims with filing for protective orders
  • Taking detailed notes during court accompaniments upon request
  • Helping the victims with Crime Victims Compensation Applications
  • Providing the victims with resources and referrals for medical, legal, shelter/housing, employment, clinics, counseling/support groups assistance
  • Providing follow-ups
  • Researching laws related to domestic violence and sexual assaults
  • DOES NOT give legal advice, always refers the victims to their attorneys
  • DOES NOT talk in court, even when judge asks the questions - The assistant must be subpoenaed to talk without breaking confidentiality


  • Ability to stay calm and use appropriate judgment under stressful situations
  • Critical thinking and evaluation skills
  • Attention to details in record keeping, coordination and documentation
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to problem solve and make appropriate decisions in urgent situations
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Ability and willingness to speak and ask if unsure; propensity to learn

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in criminology, criminal justice, law or related field [at least in process] OR previous experience in working with traumatized persons

Responsibilities, Skills and Qualifications for All Volunteers and Interns


  • Supporting other staff and volunteers as needed
  • Maintaining cleanliness and care of the Center’s offices
  • Supporting other areas whenever possible.
  • Maintaining building security by insuring that all doors stay locked at all times. Volunteers will never be alone in the building.


  • Positive attitude with callers, clients, staff and volunteers
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Awareness and adherence to confidentiality and boundaries
  • Punctuality and dependability
  • Proactivity

Required Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft suite including Word, Power Point and Excel
  • Excellent typing skills
  • Commitment to non-violent and cooperative work environment
  • Commitment to providing quality and equitable services to all clients regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, religion, age or sexual orientation
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check
  • Ability to do online research

Preferred Qualifications (not required):

  • Bilingual
  • Bachelor’s degree pertaining to the position the volunteer/intern is interested in
  • One or more years of experience pertaining to the position the volunteer/intern is interested in

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About Beacon of Hope Crisis Center


6920 S East St, Suite B, Indianapolis, IN 46227, US

Mission Statement

Beacon of Hope Crisis Center is a Christ-centered organization empowering victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to become self-sufficient by providing safety, education and support.


Beacon of Hope offers the following services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault: crisis support, victim advocacy, case management, counseling, employment assistance, court accompaniment, life skills training, teen dating violence education and outreach, foster pet care, and community awareness.

Beacon of Hope is an equal opportunity provider and serves victims of domestic violence regardless of their religious affiliation, ethnic origin, gender, or economic status.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Crisis Support
Justice & Legal
Advocacy & Human Rights, Crisis Support, Justice & Legal


We'll work with your schedule.


7002 South East StreetIndianapolis, IN 46227



  • Organization
  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Family Law




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 8 hrs/week is preferred, but we're open to all.
  • To be considered, please leave your phone number in the comment section when you apply!

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