The internship program is available to undergraduate (CCJ 4940) and graduate (CCJ 6946) students. This program provides students with the opportunity to gain work experience in a criminal justice organization.
Field Experience Director
Dr. Carleen Vincent-Robinson
You must be in good academic standing, i.e., a minimum 2.0 GPA for undergraduate students and 3.0 GPA for graduate students.
Internship Application Process
- You are responsible for arranging your own internship. You should first choose an agency from the list of possible criminal justice agencies or find a relevant agency on your own. Please note that application process for federal agencies may take a year or longer to complete.
- After selecting an agency, you should contact the agency directly to make sure that they are willing and interested in having you as an intern. Once you gain agency approval, complete the online Internship Application Form.
- The department staff will email you with permission to add the course once your application is approved. Undergraduate students enroll in CCJ 4940, while graduate students enroll in CCJ 6946.
- Please note that students cannot receive academic credit for serving as an intern with the agency where they are currently employed.
- Internship hours. You are expected to work a specific number of hours at the agency: 3 credits = 10 hours per week (120 hours); 6 credits = 20 hours per week (240 hours); 9 credits = 30 hours per week (360 hours); and 12 credits = 40 hours per week (480 hours). Graduate students are only eligible for 3 or 6 credits.
- E-portfolio. You must create an electronic portfolio which includes your resume, supervisor evaluation, and reflection paper.
- Reflection paper. You must submit a reflection paper that includes (a) an overview of the internship experience, (b) your ability to accomplish your learning objectives, (c) any challenges that you experienced, and (4) an explanation of how this experience has helped you to clarify your career goals.
- Exit survey. You must complete an Exit Survey at the completion of your internship and prior to the end of the semester.
- Academic calendar. The internship follows the FIU Academic Calendar. Students are expected to begin their internship when classes begin and complete their internship no earlier than the final week of the semester.