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Internship Program


The U.S. Pretrial Services Agency is in the federal criminal court system. A primary function is to  assist the court in determining bail. The agency interviews a defendant at the time of the arrest, investigates the defendant's background, confirms reported information and prepares bail reports to aid the court's bail or detention decisions. In addition, a detention or bail release recommendation is provided to the judicial officer, intended to assure the defendant's appearance for future court proceedings and minimize any danger to the community.

Bail release recommendations often include release conditions for community corrections and Pretrial Services supervises the defendant's compliance through the conclusion of the pretrial period of the case.

Our agency seeks a qualified candidate interested in gaining knowledge of the federal judicial system as it relates to criminal court proceedings and the interrelationship of federal agencies that comprise the court's family. The intern will meet with personnel from the United States Attorney's Office, Federal Public Defender's Office, United States Magistrate and District Court Judges, various law enforcement and social services agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

The intern will be expected to observe court hearings, write reports, meet with defendants, conduct drug testing, perform field work and assist with office duties.

Qualification Requirements

The candidate must be a junior, senior or graduate student majoring in criminal justice, sociology, psychology or other social science with an interest in criminal justice. The candidate must be in good academic standing and be capable of providing academic references. The candidate must submit a resume including courses studied, work experience and other relevant information. Endorsement from the college or university is helpful. Because of the laws of confidentiality and the sensitive nature of this assignment, the candidate must be willing to undergo a background check including a criminal record check.


For a position in Newark, interested parties may contact Elizabeth Auson, U.S. Pretrial Services Officer, phone (973) 645-2230, by fax (973) 645-2282 or by mail to U.S. Pretrial Services Agency. 50 Walnut Street, Room 1018, Newark, N.J. 07101.

For a position in Trenton, interested parties may contact Steven Casale, Supervisory U.S. Pretrial Services Officer, phone (609) 989- 2056, fax (609) 989-0486 or by mail to U.S. Pretrial Services Agency, 402 East State Street, Room 100, Trenton, N.J. 08608.

For a position in Camden, interested parties may contact Adrienne Smith, U.S. Pretrial Services Officer  (856) 757-5107 and submit a resume by fax (856) 757-5110 or mail, to U.S. Pretrial Services Agency, P.O. Box 2797, Camden, N.J. 08101.