Law Enforcement Internships
While many fine law enforcement and other criminal justice programs only recommend an internship experience, the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences requires it for several of its majors. Theories, concepts, and skills learned in the classroom can now be observed, critiqued, and practiced in a law enforcement environment, court, institutional and community corrections, juvenile justice, homeland security, or other related social service setting.
The internship allows students a preview of the kind of career they are studying and planning for. While students learn in the field, they are also establishing a work record, a set of personal references that can be used in future employment applications, and a list of prospective agencies that may have career openings at the time of their graduation. Some students have even had the good fortune of gaining permanent employment in their internship agencies.
Walking a prison range and conversing with inmates, counseling troubled youth in a detention facility, checking out a potential terrorist threat, or responding to a domestic violence call with experienced police officers are just some of the experiences the student will participate in through the internship requirement. The classroom learning and the criminal justice professions do indeed connect through the student's work in an agency. Please see your advisor or department chair for information on obtaining an internship when you are ready.