Traditional Agency Internships
Thinking About an Internship? Here are Some Key Things to Know:
To be eligible for an internship, students must meet the following requirements:
• Admission into upper-division CRCJ program or CRCJ minor
• 75 hours of coursework completed
• Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
• Instructor permission to enroll
Completed application forms are due:
• October 1 for spring internships
• February 1 for summer internships
• April 1 for fall internships
If you are thinking about applying for an internship but are not sure what options are available or which agency would best fit your interests and career goals, check out our Internship and Career Development Resources page. A list of potential local internship sites can also be found here. It should be noted that this list is not exhaustive and if you have other agencies in mind, the internship coordinator can work with you to set something up.
There are a limited number of internships available to students majoring in criminology and criminal justice that provide a stipend in addition to career experience. Two agencies that offer these types of internships are the Department of Correctional Services and the Administrative Office of Courts and Probation/Judicial Branch. These internships are highly competitive. While the qualifications for a paid internship with the Department of Correctional Services are the same as for the non-paid internship, the paid intership with the Administrative Office of Courts and Probation/Judicial Branch requires higher-level qualifications than the non-paid internship. In order to interview for a paid internship with the Administrative Office of Courts and Probation/Judicial Branch, you must be of at least junior standing with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and have completed at least of 75 credit hours in the CRCJ major.
Students meeting the required criteria for either agency are not guaranteed a paid internship spot, as there are only a few paid internships available each semester. Students who interview for a paid internship but are not selected can still be considered for a non-paid internship with the same agency and will not need to re-interview.
In addition to earning a stipend along with college credit, students who participate in a paid internship follow a training program similar to a newly hired full-time employee. This gives the student a jump-start on his/her career path and, assuming the student and the agency are a good fit for each other, can greatly increase the odds of him/her being hired permanently by the agency after graduation.
SCCJ Internship Coordinator Kim Retzlaff (firstname.lastname@example.org) would be happy to discuss whether or not you would be a good candidate to apply for a paid internship and answer any questions you might have.
Other Resources for Students Considering Applying for an Internship
For More Information
Take time to read through our Internship Handbook. Jot down any questions that come to mind as you read through it. Questions regarding the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice's Internship program should be directed to Kim Retzlaff. She can be reached via email at email@example.com