Internship spotlight:

Criminal justice undergrad lands internship with U.S. Marshal’s Office

Jennifer Pitts

Jennifer Pitts, an undergraduate in criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University, says her ultimate goal is to be a U.S. Marshal and work in witness protection. She’ll be getting a taste of that this spring, as she was recently selected for a highly competitive internship with the U.S. Marshal’s office in Phoenix.

Criminology student helps nab suspect on first day of internship

Richie Del Rio

Eye-opening. That’s what you could call Richie Del Rio’s first day on the job at an internship in the Criminal Intelligence Division of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. It was eye-opening, not for Del Rio, but for his supervisors.  They were amazed at how fast the ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice student helped nab a suspect. It all started with a call from a patrol officer who was out of leads on a burglary investigation.

Earn 3 to 12 credits working in various criminal justice agencies nationwide!

Internship programs

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice partners with community businesses and criminal justice organizations to provide undergraduate and graduate internships. Our internship coordinator is available to assist students in locating internships in their area of interest, as well as act as a liaison between the student and the internship provider once the internship has begun. 
Students can earn college credit, gain professional work experience and network with professionals in their field. Internships are offered during the fall, spring and summer semesters.


Student must meet the following requirements:
  • Junior, Senior or Graduate status 
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Undergraduate Students: Completion of 3 of the following CRJ core classes: CRJ 100, CRJ 302, CRJ 303, CRJ 305, CRJ 306, and CRJ 309. Graduate Students: Completion of core class CRJ 501.

Application process

Students MUST complete this form before enrollment in the Internship class. 

Student can NOT start their internship until our Dean of Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions authorizes a Student Placement Agreement.

    • Meet with an advisor to determine the number of internship credit hours you can enroll in and apply to your academic curriculum requirements. Review the eligibility criteria to ensure you qualify.
    • Meet with Career Services to create resume, cover letter, and agency internship interests. This is required.
    • Review the Internship Community Partner list.  Identify the top three agencies.  You are responsible to apply to and secure your own internship.
    • Submit resume and cover letter to the agencies of your choice. Complete agency interview process.
    • Submit the completed internship application, resume, and cover letter to internship coordinator, Claudine DeCarolis. You do not need to have your internship secured to send in your completed internship application, resume, and cover letter.
    • Confirm with Claudine DeCarolis when accepted by the agency.
    • You will be notified by email of your application status.
    • Register for the course: CRJ 484 for Undergraduate students, CRJ 584 for Graduate students. Please note: A maximum of 6 credits will apply toward Undergraduate major or Graduate Program of study

    Required materials 

    Deadline to apply

    • Summer semester: April 1
    • Fall semester: June 1
    • Spring semester: December 1

     ***Students who apply after the deadline will be considered on a case by case basis.***

    Internship partner agencies

    Students have the opportunity to intern at one of more than 200 criminal justice related agencies including law enforcement, courts, corrections, corporate and non-profit.  If you are interested in becoming a community partner, please complete the community partner form.

    View partner agencies


    Credit & contact hours

    Schedules are negotiated between the agency and the intern.

    Credit & contact hours

    *Summer hours/week are higher because the session is shorter. Contact Shonda Hertle with questions.  

    Grading the internship experience

    CRJ 484 and CRJ 584 operate on a pass/fail grading system. To pass the course, students must satisfactorily submit all required components on time and complete the required number of internship hours by the end of semester processing. 

    Internship applicants, please contact:
    Shonda Hertle, Internship Advisor, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
    Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
    Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix Campus
    411 N. Central Avenue, Suite 600
    Phoenix, AZ 85004-0685
    phone:  602.496.2356  fax:   602.496.2366

    Potential community partner agencies please contact:
    Claudine DeCarolis, CRJ Internship Coordinator
    Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
    Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix Campus
    411 N. Central Avenue, Suite 600
    Phoenix, AZ 85004-0685