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Investigator Intern Program
Free Tuition, On the Job Training, Practical Experience
The Investigator Intern Program was implemented in 1994 to provide the Office of the Public Defender with interns so that community members have an opportunity to learn and train, free of charge, in the field of criminal investigation.  Clients are interviewed within 48 hours of arrest by a representative from the Public Defender's Office.
The 300 hour training program, developed by Brandon A. Perron, The Criminal Defense Investigator Training Council National Director,  is conducted at the Public Defender's Office in Stuart and in Ft. Pierce. The program consists of classroom lectures and field work over a ten to twelve month period. The majority of the training hours take place in the field.

Classroom training provides interns with the tools and resources necessary to conduct a comprehensive investigation which forms the field work portion of the program. Field work consists of interviewing inmates; reviewing case files; locating and interviewing witnesses; examining, diagraming, and photographing crime scenes; and documenting data and information which is the foundation for the analysis and synthesis of a criminal investigation.
How to Apply:
v Applications may be made by calling 772-288-1485 or by email to

Who Should Apply:
v Persons who are 18 and older;
v Have a valid driver's license, automobile insurance, and good driving record;
v Have no felony convictions or crimes of dishonesty and not currently on probation;

v Must reside in St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin or Okeechobee county;
v Are available a minimum of 15 hours per week for intern services between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.
Prior to the beginning of the training period, applicants are interviewed by investigators. This allows both the investigator and the applicant to determine the suitability of the applicant to the demands and expectations of the program.
Applicants must maintain total confidentiality, honesty, integrity and dedication to the missions of the 19th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office.
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