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.
"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."
"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.
"When I worked at a political headquarters, I responded to letters from community members concerned about gun control, Elian Gonzalez, and school violence."
For more information, contact Dr. Patrick Seffrin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (570) 348-6211 x2242
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