Juvenile Detention Center

Internship Opportunity Information

Program Director Penny DeMario and Staff Trainer Michael J. Pontius, Kent County Juvenile Detention, 17th Circuit Court Family Division, coordinate the internship experiences at Detention.  The Kent County Juvenile Detention Center is a 69-bed facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  It provides safe, secure temporary confinement for youth who are awaiting court action.  While housed in our facility, youth participate in a wide range of group and individual activities for their benefit and to provide observation and information of the youth for the court.

All internships are 12-15 weeks in duration with a minimum of 240 hours.  Internships are available each semester for four graduate or undergraduate students with a background interest in probation, pre-law, juvenile delinquency, social work, or sociology.  Internship daily schedules can range from morning hours (8:00am) to evening hours (11:00pm).  Students will complete a 20-hour orientation training experience after which they will perform supervised agency tasks.

Opportunities will include individual and small group work with youth who are in Juvenile Detention, and participation in administrative activities and special projects related to the facility’s management.

Requirements of internship experiences include a valid driver’s license and transportation while on the job, a placement interview, submission to a Law Enforcement Information Network background check (to verify candidate has no felony convictions), and willingness to sign a Confidentiality Agreement to maintain confidential juvenile information.

Juvenile Detention Internship ApplicationInternship PDF

Central Registry Clearance Instructions

Central Registry Clearance Request

For questions about the above opportunities, please contact Penny DeMario, Program Director, (616) 632-5777