All undergraduate criminal justice majors get to have an internship experience.
There are a lot of internship opportunities out there. You can do what inspires you most.
Your experience can be at the local, state, or federal level. You can also intern near campus, your home community, or out of state.
You can start your internship when you earn 60 credit hours.
You, your academic advisor, and the intern coordinator will discuss the best time to do your internship and how many hours you want to take.
Everyone is required to complete six credit hours of an internship. This is course CJS 398A01 and amounts to 240 work hours.
You can also take an additional three or six credit hours of internship credit. This is course CJS 398A02 and amounts to 360 or 480 work hours.
If you take additional hours, you can do them during the same semester with the same agency. You can also do additional hours during a different semester with the same or different agency.
Your advisor will cover all this information during your regular advising sessions.
After you meet with your academic advisor, you’ll have a plan of when to start your internship.
One year out, you’ll attend a mandatory internship meeting with the internship coordinator. This meeting gives you more details about the internship process and applying.
We’ll let you know when the internship meetings are available and you can sign up for a time that works best for you.
There are so many opportunities in the criminal justice field.
ReggieNet: Under the Resources section, you'll find an Internship site. Your internship coordinator will have resources and information about agencies. You can complete your internship at any criminal justice-related agency. It does not have to be an agency listed in ReggieNet.
Your Own Research: You can always complete your own research. Think about what you want to do and what agency would be a good fit. This is an opportunity to learn about an agency and determine if it's a good career choice for you.
Career Services: Career Services is a good place to find opportunities and learn about job fairs.
After you attend an internship information meeting, you'll complete an internship packet. This is when you'll indicate where you want to complete your internship.
Once you turn in your packet, we'll go through it and if everything looks good, we'll send your materials to your top choice agency.
We'll post the packet when the time comes. You'll learn more about the internship packet and how to complete it at the mandatory meeting.
After you complete your internship packet, you'll attend an internship launch meeting. The internship launch meeting covers academic and agency expectations, as well as appropriate behavior during the internship.
Many students get hired after completing their internship. With professionalism, a positive attitude, and a strong work ethic, you might find that your internship leads you to your future career.
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The spring 2022 Internship Packet was due on September 9, 2021 at 3 p.m. Students who need a spring internship but did not submit their packet by the deadline must speak with Roxanne.
Acknowledgement of Risk - you will need to download this form to your computer, save it, sign it, and uplolad it to the designated field in your packet.
Clinical Vaccination and Testing Requirement - you will need to download this form to your computer, save it, sign it, and uplolad it to the designated field in your packet.
Are you having problems filling out a form or with the packet in general? First, be sure you have read and followed all of the instructions in the packet. They're there to help! If you're still having problems, make an appointment with Jenny to get them solved! In-person appointments are preferable; but, if it's absolutely necessary they can be done over Zoom.
Intern Acceptance/Denial Form - Agencies can use this form to accept or deny a student's internship application.
Mid-term Intern Evaluation Form (CJS 398.01 - 6 credit hours) - Site supervisors should complete this form when the student has completed 240 work hours.
Final Intern Evaluation Form (CJS 398.02 - 9 or 12 credit hours) - Site supervisors should complete this form at the end of the internship experience.