Eligibility Requirements - To apply for a criminal justice & criminology internship, students must first:
- be a declared Criminal Justice & Criminology major;
- be a junior or a senior;
- have at least a 2.5 overall GPA (minimum requirement);
- 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 a "C" in each class;
- have completed CJUS 1200 (Professionalism in Criminal Justice) with a minimum grade of a "C" (this requirement applies to all students who declared the major under the new CJ&C curriculum, which is effective in Fall 2017);
- complete a Big Interview training session - choose the "Fast Track" option and send the final results to the Internship Coordinator's email address (see below) when completed;
- attend an Internship Informational Meeting (schedule below) to learn about the process and understand when and how to apply for a CJ & C internship; and
- complete and submit the Internship Application package which must include a resume, a written personal statement and an unofficial transcript.
Academic Credit Hour 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; 3 months for state or local internship is usually sufficient.
Where can students earn Internship credits?
Many different local, state, federal and private criminal justice agencies are available for consideration for an internship placement. These options include law enforcement agencies/departments, community correctional agencies, probation departments, juvenile justice agencies, public defender’s offices, private attorneys, victim and social service agencies, and private security, as examples.
** Criminal iustice agencies can learn more about the program by reading the Internship Overview Document. If you want your agency to be added to our list of potential internship placements, please email the Intership Coordinator (contact information is below).
Internship Application Process
Students who are interested in securing an internship must attend an Internship meeting and submit a complete application (see below for scheduled meeting times). Per the application requirements, after attending the meeting students need to email the Internship Coordinator (email address is below) two sets of PDF documents (see the link in the application for assistance in creating PDF documents and merging files):
(1) scan the completed internship application into a pdf file and name the file as “your last name_application” (example - Kuhns_application.pdf); and,
(2) scan your resume (help on building a resume), a written personal statement, and your unofficial Banner transcript into one (1) file named as "your last name_internship_materials (example - Kuhns.internship_materials.pdf)."
After the Internship Coordinator confirms that you attended a meeting, your submitted application will be reviewed and confirmed. Then, the Internship Coordinator will forward your applicaiton to three agencies of your choice. If your skillset is commensurate with the agency's needs, they may contact you for an interview (How To Prepare 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 dates
Next Internship Informational meeting - August 16th at 11am in Colvard 5100 (criminal justice conference room)
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.
- Tips for how to conduct a proper handshake
- During the interview
- What not to do in an interview
- How to get hired in Criminal Justice and Criminology Careers
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. Joe Kuhns (Internship Coordinator):