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 Internship Information  



Please be sure that you understand ALL of this information before registering for an internship. (READ THIS ENTIRE SECTION) 

You have some decisions to make before you register.  Here's what you need to know about credits.

  • Undergraduate students, both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs accept internship credits toward your degree.  Many of the BS programs require at least 3 internship credits; however, the C&CJ Department does not require that you complete an internship.  If you choose to participate in the internship program, you may take either 6 or 9 credits to apply toward your major elective credit hours.  You must discuss your credit requirements with your academic adviser.  For every 3 internship credits, you must complete 120 hours of work, or the equivalent of three full-time (40-hour) work weeks.  That means a 6-credit internship requires 240 hours on the job, or the equivalent of 6 full-time (40-hour) work weeks.  For a 9-credit internship, you must complete 360 work hours.  Yes, you must do math to figure out how many hours you are working.
  • Graduate students, the non-thesis degree option for the Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice requires students to successfully complete a  6-credit hour internship (in addition to passing a comprehensive exam).  In order to earn 6 internship credits, students must complete at least 240 hours of work in the field.  Before deciding to pursue the non-thesis degree option, make sure that you are able to devote this number of hours to completing an internship.
  • If you plan to graduate in May, you are permitted take your internship during the summer to complete your graduation requirements.  Students will be allowed to participate in May graduation ceremonies before completing their internship.
  • You may take an internship for no credits, but it will not count toward the requirements for your degree program.  Check with the internship organization, however, because many will not accept interns who are not receiving academic credit.

Even though you will not report to a classroom, the internship is a University course.

  • Like any other course, CRIM 450 and 750 have a set of expectations and assignments, which are listed in the course syllabus (450 syllabus & 750 syllabus).  These expectations include, but are not limited to, the following: regular attendance, completion of course assignments, and observance of all deadlines.  Please see the syllabus, included in this manual, for complete details.
  • You will be charged for the internship as you would for any spring or summer class.
  • Like other courses, CRIM 450 and 750 have a maximum enrollment for spring and summer semesters.  This cap is determined by the number of credit hours to be granted by the University, not by the number of students enrolled.  This means that you will not be allowed to register for an internship if the course is already full.  Do not wait until the last minute or you may not be able to receive credit.
  • Dr. Ridener is your Internship Coordinator in the C&CJ Department.  Please stay in regular touch with her, particularly if you have questions or difficulties. 
  • Keep an exact record of the hours you work.  These hours can include work on site, work off-site, events or work functions that are part of your job, meetings, etc.  Travel time to and from the work site may not be counted.  If you are not sure what counts, please consult your C&CJ Department’s Internship Coordinator.
  • At the end of the spring or summer session, you will receive a grade (A-F) based on your work performance, your supervisor's assessments, your course assignments, and the C&CJ Department’s Internship Coordinator's assessment.  Just because you complete your hours, you are not guaranteed an A.
  • Please note that if you are currently employed in a CJ agency (e.g., police department, investigation service, law office, or juvenile facility) that you can only use that position as your internship if you take on completely different duties than your regular job.  For example, if you are a patrol officer for a borough police department, you should intern with a detective.  In addition, your hours cannot overlap.  Meaning that your internship hours have to be on top of your regular work hours.

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