internship FAQs

Everything you need to know about internships.

what is an internship?

An internship is an approved and supervised work experience that is related to an academic field of study and meets specific learning goals. An internship is different from a regular job because you will have more flexibility to learn about specific profession/career/industry. Students may register for 3-12 hours of academic credit. Not all jobs will qualify for internship credit. The experience must be pre-professional in nature and be a learning experience. All academic internship experiences must be evaluated and approved through the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Internship Coordinator. 

when are internships available?

Internships are offered in the fall, spring and summer academic semesters. 

what are the requirements for doing an internship?

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for an internship:

  • Criminal Justice and Criminology major 
  • Junior, Senior or Graduate status
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA

how do I find an internship? 

To start your search for an internship, check the internship listings under the Agencies tab on the CCJ website. Select your top three agency choices, complete the online application and submit your application form and cover letter to your first agency choice.

where can I do an internship?

You can do internships at one of our current community partners, include Criminal Justice agenciesconvenient to the downtown campus. While the internships usually take place in Phoenix, some students complete internships out of state or in another country. Students are welcome to develop new internship options and submit them to the Internship Coordinator for approval.

how are internships graded?

CRJ 484 operates on a Pass/Fail grading system.  CRJ 584 operates on a Pass/Fail grading system.  To pass, you must satisfactorily submit all required components on time and complete the required number of internship hours by the end of semester processing date.