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Child Services Legal Intern

Date Posted:  Sep 15, 2022
Requisition ID:  396493

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


About the Department of Child Services:
Join a team that engages with families and children to improve lives in meaningful and significant ways. DCS engages authentically with children who are victims of abuse or neglect and strengthens families through services that focus on family support and preservation. The Department also administers family preservation and prevention services, foster care, and child support throughout the State of Indiana. You will relentlessly pursue permanency for children and families through reunification, guardianship, adoption or support youth in making a successful transition to adulthood. While this job is difficult and may have long and sometimes unconventional hours, this is more than a job—it is a calling to improve your community and neighbors. Will you join us in supporting our Mission, Vision, and Values?

Mission:  The Indiana Department of Child Services leads the state’s response to allegations of child abuse and neglect and facilitates child support payments. We consider the needs and values of all we serve in our efforts to protect children while keeping families together whenever possible.
Vision: Children will live in safe, healthy and supportive families and communities.
Values: We at the Indiana Department of Child Services empower our team, in collaboration with state and local partners, to make decisions in the best interest of every child in our care by embracing:
•    Respect for all
•    Racial justice
•    Diversity and inclusion
•    A culture of safety
•    A commitment to continuous improvement


The starting salary for this position is $13.21 hourly


Role Overview:

The Legal Intern assists attorneys with a diverse array of legal topics, including but not limited to discovery, employment law, federal litigation, expungement review, trial preparation, legal research, administrative law, administrative rulemaking, and writing memorandums. 

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of the role are as follows:

•    Review case law 
•    Conduct legal research
•    Attend administrative law hearings
•    Review and complete discovery 
•    Participate in relevant meetings 
•    Review and understand agency administrative law and rules
•    Work as a team player with other members of the legal team
•    Other duties as determined by supervisor 
•    Ability to work at least 7.5 hours per week in an office setting (computer and desk space provided)

What You'll Need for Success:

  • Must be in law school, preference to 2L and 3L students 
  • Ability to think quickly
  • Ability to analyze complex legal concepts 
  • Ability to work alone or with a team
  • One semester of legal writing and research is required
  • Preference to students with background in child welfare
  • Preference to students with interest in government work 
  • Demonstrated experience using Microsoft programs, including Teams.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.


Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

This seasonal position does not offer benefits and is limited to 180 working days in an eleven (11) month continuous period  


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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