Eligibility Requirements:

  • CJ major
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Have taken CJUS 1100 (Intro to CJ) minimum grade of C and CJUS 3100 (CJ Theory) minimum grade of C.
  • Attend an informational meeting to gain access to the internship application.

Academic Credit:

120 field hours, 3 credit hours = 8 hours per week
240 field hours, 6 credit hours= 16 hours per week


Fall, Spring or Summer semester.  Please note, for a federal placement they often prefer you to apply 6 months before being considered for an internship (3 months for state or local internship is sufficient).


Over 100 different local, state, federal and private criminal justice agencies are available for consideration of an internship placement.  These agencies include law enforcement, community correctional agencies, probation departments, juvenile agencies, public defender’s office, private attorneys, victim and social service agencies, and private security.

Click here for a list of potential internship placements.

Application Process

Attend an Internship meeting to obtain an application (See above for next meeting time).  Per the application requirements, email Dr. Hartman 2 documents: (1) scan the internship application into a pdf file and call this “your last name_application”; and (2) scan your resume, personal statement, and unofficial banner transcript into 1 file called "your last name_internship."

Your information will be provided to three agencies of your choice.  If you suit the agencies needs, they will contact you for an interview.  As the agency has final discretion on whom to hire the department cannot guarantee you will earn a placement.  Thus, it is in your best interest to over-register for courses the semester you are hoping to earn an internship placement.  In the event, you do earn a placement, you will need to drop 1 of your registered classes.

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Internship application deadlines:

Spring: November 20

Summer: March 20

Fall: May 20

Course Requirements:

The course will meet throughout the semester. Student must complete assignments and create an original research project about their internship placement.  The research project will be put into a poster format.  The student will present their research project to the class.

Students Present Their Final Project


Common Q&A:

What if I have my own internship set up?
If you want UNC Charlotte credit for your internship, you will need to follow the process listed above and have your internship placement approved by Dr. Hartman.

Will I get paid for my work?
Currently, the CJ&C department does not offer any paid internships.

Who makes the final decision of whether I earn an internship placement?
The agency/community representative is the person who decides which intern they will choose.  For that matter, it is often advisable for you to over-register for courses during the semester you wish to obtain an internship.  If you are chosen, you can drop a course of your choosing, if needed.  The department cannot guarantee an internship placement.

What is the course grading scale?
A letter grade of A-F will be assigned according to specific course criteria.

See below for some information on what To Do When You Get an Interview.


  1. Always look up agency ahead of time (you look informed).
  2. Prepare to ask questions (you look engaged).
  3. Ahead of time, think about what skills / strengths you could bring to the placement (you look prepared).
  4. Be ready to tell why this opportunity is meaningful to your career aspirations.
  5. ALWAYS write a thank you note within 24 hours to the person who interviewed you.
  6. NEVER be late for the meeting

Potential Employment Opportunities:

There is a website with local employment opportunities:  Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Jobs from Worklooker.  Note, these opportunities may quickly change their hiring needs, so check back often.  Good luck.

Contact Dr. Hartman for more information.
Jennifer L. Hartman, Ph.D.
Phone: 704‑687‑0748
Fax: 704‑687‑5285
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