The Yakima County Probation Department is a progressive criminal justice agency that believes in continuous improvement for a safer community. Student interns can play a vital role in those improvements by assisting probation staff to carry out their duties. Student interns are assigned various tasks throughout the department that enable them to gain valuable job experience while obtaining college credit. Student internships are available throughout the year.  Internship opportunities are available in the Yakima and Grandview offices. Typical duties include:

  • Assisting probation officers and staff
  • Filing/Data entry
  • Shadowing during intake/supervision process
  • Conducting bench warrant checks, etc.
  • Attend court proceedings and report findings to probation staff
  • May participate in special Court projects


Student interns must be at least 18 years of age. Interns are asked to donate a minimum of 4 hours a week for a 4-month period. A criminal background check is completed on all eligible candidates. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify your application; however, active probation status, recent criminal activity or illegal substance use/abuse could be considered disqualifying factors.

How to Apply for an Internship Position/Application Process

To access the Yakima County Probation Department Intern Application, click on Internship Application. Applications must be thoroughly completed to be considered. You are also required to submit a resume and your current college transcripts. Candidates are required to complete and submit the application online through our website.

The Approval Process

Once your application is submitted, you will be contacted by the Administrative Supervisor who will confirm receipt of the application. The application will remain active for three months. Once an opening becomes available, all active applications will be reviewed and a candidate is selected. Once selected for a position, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment for an interview. You will be expected to complete an on-site orientation prior to being accepted as an Intern. Additionally, the process cannot be completed until all elements of the criminal background check have been received. If you have any questions that are not answered by this webpage, please contact the Administrative Supervisor at (509) 574-1876.