The Department of Criminal Justice internship office provides students with the skills required to be competitive in today’s job market. We strive to build and maintain partnerships with criminal justice agencies in order to foster student success. This guide serves to enhance those partnerships by sharing what we have learned through working with a variety of agencies. We encourage you to incorporate these ideas into the program you provide to our students.
Should you have any questions about the internship program at the Department of Criminal Justice, or wish to establish an internship program at your agency, please contact Eduardo Garcia, Internship Coordinator, for more information.
Goals of The Internship Program
- Support classroom-based criminal justice courses
- Provide opportunities for students to gain useful criminal justice experience, improving employment potential upon graduation
- Provide an opportunity to explore career options
- Provide a link between the academic and operational criminal justice communities to improve knowledge and delivery of criminal justice services
Benefits of Internships
- Organizations benefit when they offer internships to students.
- Access to highly qualified candidate pool for potential/future vacancies
- Minimized recruiting costs and training time
- Observe potential employees under actual working conditions, without a long-term commitment
- Establish connections to university resources
- Meet personnel demands during peak periods and for special projects
Keys to a Successful Internship Program
Building a successful internship program involves several steps.
- Recruit qualified and motivated student interns
- Determine strategies for placing interns in beneficial positions to both the intern and the agency that provide quality learning experiences for students
- Provide training and supervise the intern during the course of the internship
- Provide performance evaluations to the university and be prepared to write letters of recommendation for students who successfully complete their internship
Efficient and Organized Placement Procedures
Organizations should establish one contact person who will receive placement requests and arrange agency interviews. This may include forwarding request(s) to individual units who then arrange the interview, but the contact person is responsible for follow-through.
Students are notified of agency selection timeline within three weeks of receipt of placement request. Agencies will initially receive the student’s resume. Additional materials, such as a transcript, application, references, or a writing sample may be requested of the student by the agency. At the time of first contact, agencies should inform students of additional application requirements such as a background checks or vaccination requirements.
Notify students of acceptance or denial approximately two months before their starting date whenever possible. This is ideal in order for students to make alternate arrangements for classes, housing or other internship positions.