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Civil Justice Intervention Program Intern

Cornerstone Advocacy Service


Organization Summary:

Cornerstone is a $4.8M agency with approximately 90 employees. We provide specialized services within eleven cities, including Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Edina, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Richfield, Robbinsdale, St. Louis Park, and Minneapolis. Our organization serves individuals impacted by domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, with office locations in Bloomington, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Center. Cornerstone has developed one of the most comprehensive service continuums for victims of violence in Minnesota. Our services are designed to move individuals and families from crisis to safety, stabilization and security. Last year approximately 4,000 individuals accessed Cornerstone programming. We are committed to providing opportunities for others to partner with us in this work and to convey, as a community, zero-tolerance for violence. 

Program Goal:
Criminal and Civil Justice Intervention supports the victim/survivor through the judicial process, facilitating the system partnerships in the criminal and civil justice system to encourage offender accountability and enhance victim/survivor safety. We also offer safety planning, safe housing and supportive services.


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Legal, Civil Rights Advocacy, Crime
Category: Health/Human Services Workforce Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Intern - Unpaid Salary: Unpaid Fall 2017 Internship
Hours: 20 + hours per week for full semester 

Primary Duties:

Provides civil legal advocacy services to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking in a knowledgeable, empathetic manner. Works with local police and sheriff’s office, the court, and the Domestic Abuse Service Center to meet the needs of all victims who are depending on the court for their safety.


  • The primary focus of this position is within the civil justice system.
  • The essential duties include but are not limited to:

·         Serve as an advocate for victim/survivors in mainly civil court proceedings and function as a liaison between the victim/survivor and the civil or criminal justice system.

·         Consults with other members of the legal system and court personnel to relay information and advocate for the protection of the victim and the accountability of offenders within the court system.

·         Assists victims in writing Orders for Protection/Harassment Restraining Orders and amendments and extensions to such orders.

·         Provides accompaniment as need to hearings on these orders.

·         Keeps victim/survivors informed of legal proceedings and legal processes.

·         Provides safety planning sessions and one-to-one meetings with victims of abuse.

·         Provides resources and referrals as needed to help meet victim needs.

·         Works collaboratively across all CAS programs and attends departmental staff meetings as scheduled.

·         Maintain confidentiality and a professional demeanor in behavior and dress.

·         Keep accurate records of all court appearances, phone calls and in-person contacts with and on behalf of the victim/survivor.

·         Keep abreast of new laws affecting domestic violence and victim/survivor safety.

·         Completed data entry in a timely manner.




  • The desire to work within the civil justice system to advocate for victim/survivors of domestic violence.
  • Some knowledge of the civil justice system.
  • Good communication, listening, and advocacy skills.
  • Flexibility, initiative, work cooperatively with others.
  • Ability to relate to people of different economic, cultural, racial, and social backgrounds.
  • Ability to adhere to confidentiality and maintain professional boundaries with clients.
  • Emotional maturity to work with this target population.
  • Car, valid driver’s license and proof of ongoing automobile insurance
  • Clear criminal background check


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities and those who may be Deaf/Hard of Hearing, to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use manual dexterity for use of objects, tools or controls as well as visual acuity. The employee is required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The employee should always request assistance if any object needs to be lifted and the employee feels that their capabilities are such that the specific item to be lifted is beyond the employees abilities. No employee should attempt to lift more than what is comfortable for them. If such a situation should arise the employee should notify their supervisor to find help with lifting any item regardless of weight if the object to be lifted is awkward or difficult to lift in any way.   


Additional Info:

Cornerstone strives for a fully inclusive work environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, familial or marital status, and/or with regard to public assistance or any other characteristic. These statements are not intended to encompass all functions and qualifications of this position; rather, they are intended to provide a general framework of the requirements of the position. Cornerstone is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.

How To Apply:

Please E-Mail your cover letter & resume to     


No agencies; No walk-ins; No phone calls please


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