Criminal Justice

Criminal justice Internship program

The criminal justice internship program complements a student's educational understanding with real world experience; internships require students to apply criminal justice theories and paradigms to professional settings. Throughout this experience, students learn about the criminal justice system through techniques of observation and reflective analysis. Internships also allow students to compare different career fields and develop a better understanding of their personal skills and interests as well as provide students with professional references and networking contacts. Finally, internships develop skills, knowledge and approaches that will distinguish them within a pool of applicants.

Internship Portfolio

As part of the internship program, students are required to create internship portfolios that represent the culmination of the internship experience. Portfolios allow students to assess what they learned; bridge classroom learning with professional settings; reflect on personal, academic and career goals; evaluate performance; substantiate specific skills and knowledge; and chronicle intellectual and personal growth. In short, the portfolio provides direct evidence of a student's accomplishments during the internship.

Prospective Agencies

Students who apply for the internship program are placed with a wide variety of criminal justice and social service agencies. Placements are based on availability and student interests. Prospective agencies include, but are not limited to:

  • Cook County Juvenile Justice System
  • Local Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Juvenile/Adult Probation
  • Juvenile/Adult Parole
  • Counseling Programs
  • Community-Based Social Service Programs
  • Victim Advocacy Programs
  • Washington Internship Institute


  • Students may apply to the internship program their junior or senior year
  • Students must possess a 3.0 GPA within the criminal justice major
  • Students must submit an internship application prior to registration
  • Students must submit a resume
  • Students must submit a typed letter of names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses for three references
  • Students must sign a liability waiver form