The School of Criminal Justice at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock gives students opportunities to receive academic credit for participating in the internship program with approved criminal justice agencies and qualified private sector employers .
An internship can provide a first relevant work experience for students while serving as a capstone to educational programs. For these reasons the school generally places interns who have reached Junior or Senior Status. Exceptions are made for Sophomores who have completed a majority of required coursework. Students are required to have an overall university G.P.A of at least 2.75, as well as a major G.P.A. of 2.75.
The internship program offers a planned program of observation, participation, and study in a selected criminal justice agency. In a single 16-week semester, students may work 10 to 12 hours per week as arranged with their internship agency. The criminal justice internship coordinator meets with each student prior to placement to discuss career goals and identify agencies of interest. During the internship, each student should be assigned to a two points of contact at the agency who discusses the work that will be done and assists the student in determining placement objectives.
A Criminal Justice Internship Is:
- an opportunity to get real exposure to a variety of agencies / employers in the local criminal justice / public safety community
- a chance to meet professionals in the field who can advocate for your future employment
- an opportunity to explore a specific profession prior to committing yourself to it in a full-time capacity
- an appointment as a representative and ambassador of your academic institution
- a privilege
- an opportunity to broaden your educational experience with some real practical experience
- a serious responsibility, the vast majority of which falls upon the student
- to be set up far in advance of starting, usually three to six months before the internship semester begins
- to be completed by individuals who have declared their major and are of junior or senior standing
- to be granted at the complete and mutual discretion of the internship coordinator and the participating agency
- for students who have demonstrated adequate academic performance, and are in good academic standing with the department, any faculty committees, and the college/university
A Criminal Justice Internship is NOT:
- to be taken for granted or a “fast-track” to guaranteed post-graduation employment
- a guaranteed “A” since students are assessed as stringently as in most other courses in the department
- to be done at an agency or business where you already work, or have worked in the past unless this agency or business is approved by the Criminal Justice Director and you are assigned to do something specifically different than your normal job responsibilities.
- for students who have any type of criminal history in their past (or present), and this would include outstanding traffic violations and other minor infractions that have turned into warrants. The ability to pass a required background investigation is a must. Direct all questions to Eduardo Garcia at (501) 683-7510-or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of Participating Agencies
These are some of the agencies that provide internships for criminal justice students:
- Federal, State, Circuit, & District Courts
- State Government Agencies
- Federal Government Agencies
- Juvenile Delinquency Detention & Treatment Facilities
- Local, County & State Police Departments
- Probation and Parole Agencies
- Crime Laboratories
- Corporate Security Departments
- Private & Governmental Law Offices
- Adult Correctional Facilities
- Private Security Companies
- Federal & State Social Service Agencies
- UALR Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- UALR MidSOUTH-School of Social Work