Direct Service Internship Opportunties

Direct Service Internship Opportunities

Direct Service internships involve working with the programs here at A Safe Place. The interns choosen for these positions will be working directly with clients in various capacities. 

Legal Advocate Intern

The Court Advocate intern is responsible for providing advocacy and services to victims of domestic violence under the provisions of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act. The Advocate is responsible for providing assistance with victims seeking Orders of Protection; to particpate in training activities with staff, police and other court or legal personnel; and to network with community agencies serving victims of domestic violence in Lake and surrounding counties. This position reports to the Legal Advocacy Coordinator. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Open and maintain confidential clients files and data entry records in at timely manner and in accordance with agency policies and procedures
  • Filing out orders of protection 
  • Provide community resources when needed
  • Advocate on behalf of clients with court system, State Attorney's office and the Lake County Police Department including the Sheriff and jail personnel
  • Educate clients on services available through A Safe Place and facilitate their access to these services 


Non-essential Job Functions

  • Administrative duties: making copies, putting orders together, replenish any brochures and paperwork



  • Obtaining a Bachelor's or Master's degree in the following majors: Social Work, Criminal Justice or any applicable major
  • Bilingual, bicultural Spanish preferred
  • Ability to work between the hours of 8:15 - 4:15; can be broken up i.e. 8:15-2:15 and 12:15-4:15
  • 40 Hours Domestic Violence Training


Other Skills/Abilities

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to participate in community activies, represent A Safe Place in the court system and develop helping relationships with victims of partner abuse, volunteers and staff members
  • Excellent organizational skills for completing Orders of Protection, tracking statistical information and achieveing the goals and objectives of the agency
  • Good writing skills
  • Ability to work without much supervision
  • Ability to accept, to understand, and to relate senstively to people of varied socio-economic, racial, cultural, and experiential backgrounds


NOTE: The above job descriptions are not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.