Getting Started

Internships offer exciting opportunities to gain valuable experience in the field, but they require a significant amount of preparation and commitment. Students are encouraged to start the process early in their college careers by visiting with internship faculty and staff to identify opportunities that fit your needs and to complete the application process, which frequently requires significant documentation and lengthy investigations.

Meet the Requirements

To qualify for an internship, a student must:

  • Major in Criminal Justice, Victims Studies or Security Studies
  • Complete 90 semester hours toward their degree requirement
  • Complete 18 semester hours in Criminal Justice or Victim Studies and 18 graduate hours in Security Studies
  • Have a GPA over 2.5 for state or local positions or 3.0 for federal positions

If you meet these requirements follow the steps below to get started.




Fill out the Pre-Application form and get it signed by the appropriate staff: a CJ Academic Advisor for undergraduates or Doris Powell for graduate students.



Internship Packet

Download and complete the appropriate Internship Packet (links below). Be sure to fill out all forms completely in type (no handwritten forms, please) and print in color.

Internship Packet (Undergraduate)

Internship Packet (Graduate)



Turn in ALL Forms

Deliver completed packet to Internship Office in Room A214, Mon - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. If you meet all the necessary requirements, you will be approved for an internship and the Internship Office can help with your final agency selection. Do not set up interviews before being approved by the Internship Office.



Check for Extra Paperwork

After final selection of an agency, check with the Internship Office to see if any additional paperwork is required before the interview.



Registration Form

If you are approved for an internship with an agency, ask a representative to sign the Undergraduate Registration Form and return it with the Internship Packet and any other correspondence with the agency to Shelly Beaird.



Get Your Numbers

Once application is completed the Internship Office will provide you with course and CRN numbers for registration.



Check the List

Before beginning your internship, review the following checklist:

  • You have signed all required amendments and forms. Copies of any correspondence between yourself and agency should be in your file.
  • The internship office has accurate contact information for you and your agency.
  • You have received Dr. Dozier's syllabus and other documents necessary for your internship.
  • If you need to enroll in any additional hours of coursework be sure that you have obtained permission from the Internship Office and completed the Additional Hours form.
  • If you are working part-time (only 20 hours per week or less permitted) in addition to your internship, be sure that you have signed letters from both your internship agency and your other employer acknowledging that your internship takes priority and that your part-time employment will not interfere with your internship.