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What an experience!


(1) Internship (work at an agency for the semester)
(2) Research Internship (as a research assistant with a professor of your choice who has approved your assistance)

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 of praxis, which is the combining of theory and practice. The agencies in which you will be interning, have agreed to offer very rewarding experiences by allowing you, the student, to participate in such a manner, that it would be difficult to distinguish the intern from actual employees. This means that the intern will get hands- on experience(s) that will assist the student in deciding whether or not to pursue a career in that particular area of criminal justice.

Now that you have a basic overview of the internship program, how about a few guidelines that will make the initial stage of setting up an internship proceed in an effective and timely manner. The basic guidelines are as follows:

1. Have an idea of the area in which you would like to intern. The choices are basically law enforcement, courts, or corrections.

2. Have a familiar understand of what your schedule will be like. The 3-credit internship is 15-18 hours a week, and the 6-credit internship is 20-24 hours a week. That's 210 to 280 for Fall and Spring and 150 to 200 for Summer semesters.

3. Apply to several agencies early, the application process may take up to 8 to 12 weeks. The application process must be finished before the student can be enrolled in an internship program.

4. Attend an Internship Workshop to get a better understanding about the internship process.

5. Take the Internship Quiz. Must receive an A on this quiz in order to schedule a one on one appointment with Dr. Jennifer James-Mesloh.

The above serve as basic but effective guidelines that will start your internship experience off in the right direction. One last word of advice is to enjoy your experience and learn as much as possible.

Barry Lipton
Internship/Field Coordinator
Call 239-590-7830 to schedule an appointment.