The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies requires all CCJS majors to complete 180 hours of CCJS 499 (Internship). We have partnered with many organizations and agencies to give our students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real work situations and find out if a particular career path suits their interests.
If you are planning to start your internship soon, check out the available internship positions on our Internship and Employment Opportunities for Students page. If you do not find anything that interests you, our department Interim Internship Coordinator (23-24 Academic Year), Dr. Bryan Burton, can also help you identify other internship opportunities that suit your personal goals.
Before contacting the Internship Coordinator, please review the information below on the internship requirement. You will also find the answers to the questions we get asked the most at the bottom of this page.
Things to Know about the Internship
The following are the important things that students need to know about the internship:
- Students cannot add CCJS 499 to their own class schedule. University staff add CCJS 499 to the class schedule after students have submitted a completed Internship Agreement form (i.e. filled out and signed by the student and the on-site supervisor) to the Internship Coordinator.
- Students can still enroll in CCJS 499 even if they have already registered for the maximum units set for the term. There is no need to file a Petition to Take Additional Units.
- Students need to get the completed Internship Agreement form approved by the Internship Coordinator before starting their internship. A TBA internship is not considered approved until the Internship Coordinator has received the revised and completed Internship Agreement form. Students will not receive any credit for the internship if they start without an approved Internship Agreement form.
- Students need to set up an internship well in advance of the semester if they wish to finish it in the same semester they enroll for it. Students must also indicate if they are graduating in the same semester.
- Students who do not complete their internship in the same semester they enroll for it will be given an Incomplete in CCJS 499. The internship must be completed within a year from the time the Incomplete was assigned.
The following are the internship requirements:
- Attend the mandatory informational meeting at the start of the semester you plan to begin your internship. The department announces the schedule of the meeting in the first week of the semester. If you have previosly registered for CCJS 499 and received an Incomplete, you do not need to attend the mandatory informational meeting.
- Complete the Internship Agreement form and have it signed by the on-site supervisor.
- Submit the completed Internship Agreement form to the Internship Coordinator for approval. Students need to get the completed Internship Agreement form approved by the Internship Coordinator before starting their internship.
- Complete the 180 hours of service required for the internship.
- Maintain a reflective internship journal.
- Keep an Internship Time Log to record the number of hours completed at the internship placement.
- Write a 3-4 page, typed and double spaced summary of your internship experience.
- Complete the Final Internship Evaluation upon completion of internship.