Eligibility Requirements - To apply for an internship, students must first:
- be a declared Criminal Justice & Criminology major;
- have a 2.5 overall GPA (minimum);
- have completed CJUS 1100 (Introduction to Criminal Justice or Foundations of Criminal Justice), CJUS 3100 (Criminological Theory) and CJUS 2070 (Research Methods in Criminal Justice) with a minimum grade of "C" in each class, and;
- attend an informational meeting to gain access to the internship application and understand when and how to apply for a CJ&C internship.
Academic Credit Options
120 field hours, 3 credit hours = 8 hours per week for 15 weeks (12 hours a week for 10 weeks in the summer)
240 field hours, 6 credit hours= 16 hours per week for 15 weeks (24 hours a week for 10 weeks in the summer)
When are Internships available?
Internships can be scheduled for Fall, Spring or Summer semesters. However, students need to apply for internships at least one or two semesters before receiving a placement. Please note that federal agencies often prefer that students apply 6 months before being considered for an internship, and 3 months for state or local internship is usually sufficient.
Where can students earn Internship credits?
Over 100 different local, state, federal and private criminal justice agencies are available for consideration for an internship placement. These agencies may include law enforcement agencies/departments, community correctional agencies, probation departments, juvenile agencies, public defender’s offices, private attorneys, victim and social service agencies, and private security.
Internship Application Process
Students who are interested in securing an internship must attend an Internship meeting to obtain an application (see below for scheduled meeting times). Per the application requirements, students should email the Internship Coordinator two documents: (1) scan the internship application into a pdf file and name the file as “your last name_application”; and (2) scan your resume, a personal statement, and an unofficial Banner transcript into one (1) file named as "your last name_internship."
Your information will be forwarded to three agencies of your choice. If your skillset is commensurate with the agency's needs, they may contact you for an interview. As the agency has final discretion on who they ultimately hire, the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology cannot guarantee any student that they will secure an internship placement in any given semester. Thus, it is sometimes in your best interest to over-register for courses during the semester you are hoping to secure an internship placement. In the event that you do secure a placement, you can then drop one of your registered classes.
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Internship planning meeting times
Spring Internship meeting - October 24, 2017
Summer Internship meeting - March 20, 2018
Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 Internship meeting - May 1, 2018
Internship Course Requirements
In addition to completing your internship hours, the internship class will meet throughout the semester. Students must complete assignments and create an original research project about their internship placement. The research project will be fully developed in a poster format (see examples below). The student will present their research project to the entire Internship class.
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 the Internship Coordinator.
Can I get paid for my Internship work?
Currently, the CJ&C department does not typically offer paid internships, although some agencies may do so. However, students need to understand that they cannot earn intership credit and get paid for the same work/effort (this is referred to as supplanting).
Who makes the final decision on whether I earn an internship placement?
The agency/community representative decides which interns they will select. Therefore, it is advisable for students to over-register for courses during the semester you wish to obtain an internship. If you are selected for an internship during that semester, you can drop a course of your choosing, if needed. Again, the department cannot guarantee an internship placement in any given semester.
What is the course grading scale?
A letter grade of A-F will be assigned according to specific course criteria. See the course syllabus for specifics.
What should I do to prepare for an internship interview?
See below for some information/guidelines on What To Do When You Get an Interview.
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- During the interview
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Things to remember prior to an Interview
- Always research the agency ahead of time (you look informed)
- Prepare to ask questions (you look engaged)
- Think about what skills / strengths you could bring to the internship placement (you look prepared)
- Be ready to explain why this opportunity is meaningful for your career aspirations (you demonstrate the ability to plan ahead)
- ALWAYS write a thank you note within 24 hours to the person who interviewed you (you appear professional)
- NEVER be late for the meeting (or you will appear to be unprofessional...)
Potential Employment Opportunities
There is a website with local employment opportunities: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Jobs from Worklooker. Note - these opportunities quickly change, so check back often. Good luck!
For more information, contact Dr. Hartman (Internship Coordinator):