Volunteer Program

Internship Program



Volunteer/Undergraduate Intern Opportunities


STEP Mentoring Program

The Washington County Juvenile Department provides volunteers and undergraduate interns over the age of 20 with the opportunity to serve as a mentor to a youth through the Supervision, Training and Employment Programs (STEP). Internships between 40-300 hours can be accommodated, but all require a six-month commitment to your mentee. For more information click here.

Juvenile Counselor Interns

The Washington County Juvenile Counselor Intern position is designed for Senior students in a BSW program or MSW students needing at least 16 hours per week of experience for nine months. Juvenile Counselor Intern’s will receive training and hands-on experience in working with at-risk youth and learn how the juvenile department operates. Interns will work closely with juvenile department staff to learn the role of a juvenile counselor.

For more information, please e-mail jennifer_yonker@co.washington.or.us. Students will be selected in partnership with your academic institution through a competitive interview process during the late Winter/early Spring terms.

Juvenile Counselor Intern Brochure

Harkins House

Limited opportunities exist for students to intern at Harkins House. These candidates are typically students referred by their educational institution.



Graduate Interns

Washington County Juvenile Department provides excellent opportunities for graduate students in counseling, social work, or art therapy master’s degree programs who have a desire to work with at-risk youth. The Graduate Internship Program is committed to providing a supportive, flexible and challenging environment for all students while addressing individual educational needs and graduate program requirements. Two students are selected annually for placement at the Juvenile Department. Ideal candidates will have previous experience working with at-risk youth and a knowledge of adolescent development. Graduate Interns are provided the opportunity to learn direct counseling skills with youth ages 12-18 and their families, and to learn about the juvenile justice system. 

Please contact Jennifer Yonker, LCSW at (503) 846-8775 or e-mail at Jennifer_yonker@co.washington.or.us for more information about the graduate internship program.


Therapy Animal Teams

The Washington County Juvenile Department utilizes certified therapy animals within all of our programs through Project Hope. Teams assist victims, youth, or family members in court hearings and visit guests in our lobby. If you are an experienced team and would like to volunteer please contact Jennifer Yonker at the Washington County Juvenile Department at (503) 846-8775, or e-mail at jennifer_yonker@co.washington.or.us with additional questions about these volunteer opportunities.


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