Criminal Justice: Internships



A three credit internship is an important part of the criminal justice program. Faculty members will encourage and assist you to develop your own placement -- as if you're seeking a real job. Internships are arranged with local, regional, or federal agencies.

Undergraduate interns serve at least 120 hours in a criminal justice agency. They keep a log of their observations, and at the end of their internship write a report analyzing their experience.

Graduate students who are not employed by a criminal justice agency must complete a 240 hour internship. They also keep a log and write a report at the end of their experience. Students who are currently working for a criminal justice agency must complete a special project under the supervision of an agency official and a program faculty member.

Recent Internships

Information on Internships

Internship Requirements

Internship Paper Guidelines

What Students Have to Say

 "I worked at a group home for kids. Most criminal offenders do not think what they do is wrong and these kids are no exception."

"Completing an internship with the United States Probation Office was an excellent opportunity for me to gain real-world experience within the criminal justice field. It allowed me to gain an insider’s view of the court system and the different parties that contribute to the criminal justice process. I will be forever grateful for my internship experience because it influenced my decision to pursue a career in probation."

"While working in the public office of a national figure, I interacted with many different people. I quickly realized that public service requires strong communication skills. You need to be calm and organized and have a sense of how to interact with people to be able to help them."

"My internship in the office of a public defender taught me that the job, although it's challenging, is very rewarding.