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.
Hear One Student's Internship Experience
1.) Secure approval for internship with a criminal justice agency: Students are encouraged to seek out agencies with which they are interested in interning. If you are unable to find a suitable agency, the department can provide you some guidance. You are also encouraged to review the agencies list provided in the resources below.
2.) Apply for the following:
a. Criminal Background Check: PA State Police Records Request
b. Child Abuse Clearance: PA Clearance Records Request
c. Professional Liability Insurance: The Trust Liability Insurance - Some students may obtain a rider from their parents insurance company which will cover professional liability. Insurance can also be obtained as part of the American Psychological Association (pay $35 for the liability insurance that covers you for $1,000,000 per incident, $3,000,000 in the aggregate).
3.) Complete SU Internship Application Form: Internship Application
4.) Submit All Materials to Department Secretary (321 Shippen Hall): This includes a letter from internship site supervisor indicating you have been approved to intern with their agency, Internship Application, Criminal Background Check, Child Abuse Clearance, and Proof of Professional Liability Insurance (All materials must be submitted together.)
Fall/Spring Internship Credits: Internship credits are included on the bill with Fall and Spring courses. Students will need to obtain an override code from the department secretary in order to schedule their internships. You will be notified of your academic advisor via your Ship e-mail.
During the first week of your internship you must notify the Criminal Justice Department at email@example.com or (717) 477-1558 and contact your assigned academic advisor to them know you started the internship.
When beginning the internship, you will be assigned two supervisors: an agency supervisor and an academic advisor. The agency supervisor is the agency employee assigned to you by the agency for field supervision. They are responsible for assigning and monitoring students' day-to-day activities while working with their agency. The academic advisor will be assigned by the department chair and may not be the faculty member you see for schedule advising. They are responsible for reviewing the academic components of the internship and assigning the student's grade. The central requirements for students during the internship can be found in the file below.
Internship Requirements (PDF)