Volunteer Opportunity

JET (Jail Education & Transitions) Masters Level Unpaid Intern

Application or Registration Deadline: 04/05/2019
Opportunity Type: Ongoing Volunteer Opportunity
Department: Community Services
Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Time Commitment & Minimum Age: 20 hours per week - 12 month minimum - firm.

Boulder County Jail – Airport Rd., Boulder, CO

Program Summary:

Our programming in the jail is unique in that we incorporate both interns and volunteers to create a supportive environment for men and women who are ready to shift their lives. The ultimate goal for this program is lowered recidivism rates for incarcerated community members.

This 4-phase program involves case management, counseling, and group support so clients can work through internal processes and prepare themselves on a foundational level to be successful when re-entering the community. We offer a combination of evidence based practices while incorporating mindfulness and trauma-informed techniques into our Program.
JET is working to create a progressive environment where our clients get exposed to education and support addressing both basic needs, and levels of higher functioning.

As an intern, you would have the opportunity to do both individual and group work with our male and female adult clients. Individually your role would be as a support for our clientele who may be facing past trauma and attachment issues for the first time. Additionally, you would be given training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) based methods that have been proven effective in reducing anti-social behaviors among our population.
The JET Program has a fast paced work environment and we seek talented, mature interns who crave learning new skills and aren’t afraid to tackle ever-evolving situations.

What You Will Learn:
1. How to run groups based on Evidence Based Practices that have been proven effective in lowering recidivism.
2. Guidelines on how to emotionally support our clientele within a jail environment, both during individual and group sessions.
3. How to organize and manage clients within a group setting.
4. How to look for levels of risk among our population, and various needs pertaining to mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
5. How to work alongside various clinical and operations staff with the intention of balancing safety and security with effective treatment.
6. How to create a disclosure statement that highlights the importance of confidentiality, along with incorporation of mandated reporting when necessary.
7. The importance of self-care within a clinical setting.

Duties and Responsibilities:

What We Require:
1. Current Ongoing Masters Education in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling or other related discipline.
2. Strong communication skills.
3. Organization and time management skills.
4. Creativity and flexibility.
5. Familiarity with self-care techniques, though we also offer training.
6. A secure level of comfort working within a jail setting.

We value all of our interns and go the extra mile to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals while serving our mission.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Our ideal candidate is; someone who walks into a room of people and makes a strong connection with those they encounter. Someone who is dedicated to supporting others with compassion and understanding. We seek a person who is not afraid to be themselves with a balance of confidence and humility.

Training Dates and Information:

Training will be scheduled at the beginning of the internship and ongoing.


meldred@bouldercounty.org – 303.441.3718

Unpaid Internship: This is an Unpaid Internship
Application Process:

Send an email of inquiry to Mary Eldred, Justice System Volunteer Coordinator: meldred@bouldercounty.org. You will be sent an application link and instructions. A screening interview, formal interview, background check, references and fingerprinting are required.