Your internship experience is one of the most rewarding experiences that you will ever have as you complete your Justice Studies Degree. Learning outside of the classroom is an essential component of your education and one way this opportunity is afforded is through our internship program. The internship will allow you the opportunity to apply the wealth of knowledge that you have gained from taking courses in the Justice Studies program. The internship is a time in which you will be able to combine theory and practice. The agencies in which you will be interning, have agreed to offer very rewarding experiences by allowing you to participate in such a manner, that it would be difficult to distinguish you from an actual employee. This means that you will get hands-on experience(s) that will assist you in deciding whether or not to pursue a career in that particular area of criminal justice.
Internships are a required component of the Criminal Justice and Forensic Studies programs. However, Legal Studies students are encouraged and able to participate in an internship as well. Criminal Justice and Forensic Studies students are required to complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours of an internship, but can choose to complete up to six (6). (The remaining credit hours will serve as upper-level elective hours). Starting in Spring 2018, internships will be offered as a variable credit option, ranging from one (1) credits to six (6) credits. Each credit hour will require a completion of 75 internship hours (hours completed with site). Hours are to be completed during the semester in which the student is enrolled in. Students are also expected to participate in a hybrid-style course that meets on campus and virtually, through Canvas. Students can expect to track and document their hours and activities, participate in discussion forums, and will be evaluated as to their performance, among a few other requirements.
Students can find a list of example practitioner agencies that accept student interns in order to get an idea of opportunities available. Please note this list is not all-inclusive and students can complete an internship at locations and agencies throughout the United States, with appropriate approval.
Students should make contact with the Department Internship Coordinator at a minimum of one full semester in advance, preferably two semesters, to start the process of locating an appropriate site, and completing the application process. It is imperative that students also maintain contact with the Internship Coordinator throughout the application process, to ensure all requirements are met and enrollment into the course is completed prior to the start of the semester.
Miranda Marts , M.S.