Internship / Practicum

CJ - 450 Internship & CJ - 690 Practicum Page


The Internship Program is an integral component and extension of the academic offerings of the Department of Criminal Justice. Designed to enhance a student's total academic experience through a planned program of observation, study, and participation in a selected criminal justice agency, the program should be viewed as the capstone to the student's academic experience. A primary purpose of this program is to broaden the educational experience of participating students by giving them an opportunity to work with practitioners. Specifically, the Internship Program is to be a meaningful experience for both the student and the agency, resulting in the student developing a greater understanding and appreciation for the administration of justice. Students will correlate theory and practice and be stimulated to challenge, examine, question and analyze those issues to which they are exposed. Students are afforded the opportunity to formalize career goals. The program also exposes students to the requirements of employing agencies and offering the opportunity to meet those requirements.

Course Description

An internship/practicum is a "field apprentice" course during which students work under supervision in a criminal justice, private security or other related agency or department in an agency and receive academic credit for their work. Written daily logs of activities and a written report of internship experiences is required. 

Students may receive 3 to 6 hours of academic credit. One hundred twenty (120) hours of work within a supervising agency is required for 3 academic credit hours and two hundred forty (240) hours for the maximum of 6 academic credit hours. Undergraduate students will register for CJ-450--Internship and graduate students will register for CJ-690--Practicum.

Preference will be given to upper class and graduate students currently majoring in Criminal Justice .

Prerequisite: Prior Permission of Chair or Internship Coordinator.

Note:  Effective August 1, 2010, Graduate Students may only apply six (6) hours of experiential credit toward their degrees and  undergradutate students may only apply nine (9) hours of experiential credit toward their degree. Experiential credit includes service learning, co-op, internship, and  practicum courses, i.e courses which emphasize experiential learning.