In addition to traditional courses, criminal justice students also have the opportunity to participate in an internship. Internships, serve to supplement your course work, by providing you with a real world work experience in a criminal justice agency. Students may complete internships with law enforcement agencies, prisons, probation/parole agencies, and prosecutor offices, just to name a few. Internships may be completed in the Shippensburg area, your home town, or even a different state. The Department of Criminal Justice has worked with hundreds of various agencies and will most likely be able to help you get placed in with type of agency you hope to pursue as a career.
Students can receive credit equivalent to up to four courses while participating in an internship, meaning you can work towards completing your degree and get hands-on experience at the same time! Each internship credit is defined as being the equivalent of a 40-hour workweek. Therefore, for every internship credit scheduled, you must work 40 hours (i.e., 3 credits = 120 hours; 6 credits = 240 hours; 9 credits = 360 hours; and 12 credits = 480 hours). Students may complete an internship during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. In order to qualify for an internship, undergraduate students must have earned 60 credits and have a 2.0 QPA.Graduate students must have earned 9 credits and have a 3.0 QPA. (Graduate students are limited to a maximum of 6 internship credits). If you have any questions about internships, please direct them to the Department Chair.
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