WHAT... IS AN INTERNSHIP? It is an opportunity to take what you've learned in the classroom and apply it to a real world setting. You choose an agency or office in the criminal justice system that is of interest to you, and then you will do a certain number of hours of work per week at that site. It is an intensive experience of hands-on education. WHO... CAN BE INVOLVED? Criminal Justice majors/minors in their final two years who carry a 2.5 GPA in Criminal Justice courses and have successfully completed CJ50, CJ130, and CJ145. WHY... SHOULD I COMPLETE AN INTERNSHIP? 1) Apply theoretical knowledge to real situations 2) Learn all kinds of new things 3) Relearn old things in new ways 4) Make connections that will be useful for your career 5) Receive on-the-job training 6) Earn up to 12 credits towards graduation 6) You may even land a job out of this experience (It happens!) WHEN... SHOULD I SPEAK WITH MY ADVISOR? Think ahead and select your courses with an internship in mind. If you are considering a placement within the next two semesters, begin to prepare a few months in advance, especially for any sites that may do background checks (Federal Law Enforcement). Prepare a resume to speed up the registration process. WHERE... WILL I COMPLETE MY INTERNSHIP? Choose from numerous internships in the five county area: law enforcement, courts, juvenile justice, prisons and jails, probation and parole, drug and alcohol centers. The CJ Department has an extensive list of sites from which to choose or you can suggest a site of special interest to you pending approval. HOW... DO I SIGN UP? Talk with Stephen Smith first. He will screen you for eligibility and review the program with you. Next, contact the Ambler Internship Coordinator (Julie Currie) about your internship placement options. Julie will help you identify an internship site and make contact with the agency. After confirming your internship, contact Stephen Smith to assist you with registration. (Internships are special authorization courses and you will NOT be able to register using OWLnet or the Diamond Line). You will register for 20 or 30 hours of fieldwork per week (CJ 304), and earn 6 to 9 credits respectively, in addition to 3 credits for the weekly practicum class (CJ303). **For more details on our Internship Program, contact Stephen Smith**