Because the Criminal Justice faculty believe that experiential learning/internships are invaluable, students are required as part of the Criminal Justice core curriculum to complete such an experience prior to graduation.
Experiential learning provides the student with an opportunity to derive a realistic and practical view of the system that cannot be gained from textbooks or the classroom.
Students have participated in a variety of placements locally, regionally, and nationally – adult and juvenile probation and parole, federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, juvenile and adult detention facilities, community based probations, law-related settings (law firms, attorney general, district attorney, public defender, court administrator), commercial asset protection/private security, crime laboratories and counseling/assistance organizations.
The major also maintains close ties with many local organizations that provide services to crime victims, juveniles and others in the local community and can facilitate volunteer placement with the organizations to enable students to gain valuable career experience, and often, specialized training. Students are eligible for placement once they have successfully completed 60 semester hours and have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
View a list of Criminal Justice internship sites.