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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 program. However, Legal Studies and Forensic students are encouraged and able to participate in an internship as well. Internships are offered as either a three (3) or six (6) credit course. There are two types of internship options through the Department of Justice Studies – (1) working within a practitioner agency for the semester or (2) serving as a research assistant with a professor who has approved your assistance for the semester.

Below are some steps to help guide students through the process and some information regarding what will be expected throughout the process and the course. Students can also find a list of agencies the University currently has working agreements with through the link located on this page. If a student wishes to pursue an internship with an outside agency, they may also do so and should contact the appropriate coordinator for required documents.

  1. Students need to first have an idea of the area in which they would like to intern. Choices can include, but are not limited to; working within a law enforcement agency, a law firm or state/county legal entity, corrections, private security, etc.
  2. Students need to have an idea and understanding of what their schedule will be like for the semester they are expecting to complete their internship in. For fall and spring, the 3-credit internship is 210 semester hours, averaging about 15-18 hours a week, and the 6-credit internship is 280 semester hours, averaging about 20-24 hours a week. Internships taken over the summer require either 150 hours for the 3-credit course and 200 hours for the 6-credit course.
  3. Students then need to make contact with their appropriate Internship Coordinator in order to receive our database of agencies our program works with. It is imperative that students maintain contact with the Internship Coordinator throughout the process.
  4. Students then need to start the application process. Students may apply to several agencies if they so choose. NOTE: The application process, which can include background checks may take 8 to 12 weeks. The application process and acceptance of student must be completed prior to a student be permitted to register for the course. Some agencies only offer 1 to 2 positions so it is imperative to complete application materials in a timely manner. IT IS SUGGESTED TO START LOOKING INTO YOUR INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT LEAST TWO SEMESTERS PRIOR TO THE SEMESTER YOU ARE WANTING TO REGISTER FOR AND COMPLETE YOUR ACTUAL EXPERIENCE).
  5. Throughout the internship course, students will complete regular time sheets and activity logs that will serve as a documentation of their experiences within their agency. Students will be required to write a thank you letter to their agency and a brief reflection of their experience at the end of the semester. Students will also have an evaluation completed by their site supervisors regarding how they did throughout the semester.

Barry Lipton

Miranda Marts

Internship/Field Coordinator

Internship/Field Coordinator

Forensics, Legal Studies

Criminal Justice

Telephone: (239) 590-7830 Email: blipton@fgcu.edu

(239) 745-4236 Email: mmarts@fgcu.edu