Internships & Work Experience
Experiential learning — the hands-on approach that gets you real-world experience — is invaluable in this field. That’s why we require criminology and criminal justice majors to complete an internship before graduation, and offer research project opportunities where you’ll work directly with a faculty member.
Criminology and Criminal Justice Internships
Internships give you a view of the system that can’t be taught in a classroom. York College students have found internships with juvenile and adult detention facilities, the district attorney’s office, security firms, and crime labs. The program also maintains close ties with many local organizations that provide services to crime victims, juveniles, and others in the local community. Through these connections, criminal justice majors are able to gain valuable career experience, and often, specialized training.
Students are eligible for internship placement once they have successfully completed 60 credit hours, with a minimum 2.5 GPA. Criminal justice internships are posted on the Spartan Career Path job board.
Research projects provide students with the opportunity to practice in-depth analysis as they work one-on-one with a faculty member. York College students have helped professors study determinants of the fear of crime and satisfaction with police, evaluate date rape prevention programs, organize career days, conduct community surveys, and more.
In the past, York College student research has resulted in professional publications or presentations.