An internship is a short-term work experience for you to gain unique training and experience in a specific field or career area. The internship allows the opportunity to increase your knowledge about the criminal justice system and to take the classroom lessons into the real work arena. Internships also allows you to make connections with agency which may lead to employment opportunities.
Internships may be at the local, state, or federal levels. See a list of possible internship opportunities.
The internship is a 6 credit hour requirement (CJS 398A01) and may be taken after completing 60 semester hours, one semester of ISU course work, and earning a cumulative ISU GPA of 2.0. You may complete an additional 3 or 6 hours of internship as part of your CJS Electives requirements (CJS 398A02). The additional 3 or 6 hours may be during the same semester as CJS 398A01 and at the same agency, or may be during a different semester and at the same or different agency.
Students will learn some information about applying for an internship during their Academic Advisement Session.
Students will also need to attend an Internship Meeting the year before they plan to intern. Students planning to intern in summer or fall 2020 need to attend an Internship Meeting this semester (fall 2019).
Once a student has applied for an internship, they must attend an Internship Launch Meeting. During a Launch Meeting, students will learn about academic and agency expectations, as well as appropriate behaviors during an internship. Students who plan to intern in spring 2020 need to attend an Internship Launch Meeting during the fall 2019 semester. Pay attention to your ISU email account for announcements about when to sign up.
CJS 398.01 Professional Practice: Criminal Justice Internship I (6 Hours)
Field placement in a criminal justice related agency. Interns work with designated agency personnel and receive an overview of agency functions.
CJS 398.02 Professional Practice: Criminal Justice Internship II (3-6 Hours)
Intensive experience in a single criminal justice agency setting.