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Careers at IDJJ

Juvenile Justice Specialists/Interns

2024 Security Staff of the Year: Jamall Suide- Juvenile Justice Specialist Supervisor, pictured with Deputy Director Burtis, Director Vickery, and Deputy Director Evans

Thank you for your interest in the Juvenile Justice Specialist Intern position with the Department of Juvenile Justice. The Department's mission is to build youth skills and strengthen families by promoting community safety and positive youth outcomes. The Juvenile Justice Specialist Intern position plays a key role in facilitating this mission.

If you are interested in being part of an environment that is committed to preparing youth for successful reintegration into their communities through programming, treatment, and services while providing them safety, security, and accountability, we welcome you to apply for the Juvenile Justice Specialist Intern position according to the qualifications and process below.

Please note that this is a full-time shift work position and it is located in each of the five youth centers located throughout the state: IYC Chicago, IYC Harrisburg, IYC Pere Marquette, IYC St. Charles, and IYC Warrenville. Starting salary is $56,832/year plus excellent benefits and great opportunities for advancement.


  • Requires a high school diploma or equivalent and either
  • (A) any bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited college or university or
  • (B) 2 or more years of experience providing direct care to youth in the form of residential care, coaching, case management, or mentoring ***(must be documented on CMS-100 and verifiable)
  • 21+ years of age
  • Valid driver's license
  • U.S. citizen or authorized alien with proof of permanent resident card
  • Speak, read, and write English
  • Fluency in additional languages is a plus and can be compensated accordingly
  • Requires physical agility and strength to stand and walk for up to three hours at a time, to run for short distances, and to provide physical intervention and control, as necessary, in order to protect and/or restrain individuals.

Information (all applications must be submitted electronically)

Upcoming Screenings

All screenings begin at 8 a.m. & take 4-6 hours. Please complete the application prior to arrival and bring the required documents to screening. Walk ins welcome.

IL Southern Region

IYC Harrisburg- 1201 W. Poplar Harrisburg, IL 62946

2024 screening dates

  • June 7
  • July 12

Alton Mental Health Center- 4500 College Ave, Alton, IL 62002

2024 screening dates

  • June 6
  • July 11

IL Northern Region

Phoenix Emerging Adults Center (PEACE) at St. Charles- 3825 Campton Hills Rd., St. Charles, IL 60175
2024 screening dates
  • June 4
  • July 9


Questions about Juvenile Justice Specialist positions, application process, and screenings can be directed to

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