Students may choose to complete an internship in criminal justice. The internship program is designed to give students the opportunity to interact with criminal justice professionals in a work environment. The purpose of the program is not to provide job training, but rather to allow students to see connections between criminal justice theory and practice. Students have completed internships in a variety of settings, including: federal, state, and local law enforcement; institutional and community-based corrections; juvenile facilities; commonwealth attorney's offices; and others.
There are currently two internship courses available to criminal justice majors:
CRJU-484: Criminal Justice Internship
- Internship Check-Off List (pdf file)
- Internship Application Form (doc file)
- Evaluation of Intern Form (doc file)
- Internship Agreement Forms (pdf file)
- GPA Permission Form (doc file)
In this course, a student is placed with a criminal justice agency and is supervised by the criminal justice internship coordinator. This internship is graded pass/fail and can carry from 6 to 15 hours of course credit. However, the internship does not fulfill the CRJU elective requirement for majors. To participate in the internship, students must have completed CRJU-100 or CRJU-150, have junior or senior standing, have a minimum 2.5 grade point average, and have faculty approval.
CRJU-483: Criminal Justice Experiential Learning
Students who choose to take CRJU-483 must enroll concurrently in CRJU-484 (above). In additional to completing a field experience, students must also produce a substantial scholarly research project that integrates their field experiences with the body of criminal justice theory. While students will arrange their field experience with the criminal justice internship coordinator, they must also select a faculty mentor (from the full-time criminal justice faculty) to supervise their research project. This course carries 3 hours of course credit. The prerequisites are: CRJU-100 or CRJU-150, CRJU-233, CRJU-235; CRJU-238; junior or senior standing; minimum of 3.0 grade point average (overall and in criminal justice coursework); and permission of instructor (both internship coordinator and faculty mentor).