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Internship spotlight:

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

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

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.

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Internship

  • The school of Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) offers students the opportunity to complete an internship for course credit toward their undergraduate or graduate degree. The school partners with community businesses and criminal justice organizations to provide undergraduate and graduate internships. 

What is an Internship?
  • An internship is a professional learning experience, that offers students the opportunity to gain new skills, build a professional network and explore their potential career pathway.

Need help searching for an internship?  

Click here to set up a meeting with Ashley Robinson, CCJ Internship Adviser

Internships are offered during the following semesters: 
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer


Internships must be directly related to Criminology and Criminal Justice to be eligible for course credit.

Students must meet the following academic requirements to earn course credit for an internship:
Undergraduates: Eligibility for enrollment into CRJ 484 
  • Minimum of 56 completed credit hours, or Junior status 
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Completed three of the following courses:
    • CRJ 100
    • CRJ 302
    • CRJ 303
    • CRJ 304
    • CRJ 305
    • CRJ 306
    • CRJ 309
Graduate Students: Eligibility for Enrollment into CRJ 584
  • Enrollment in Graduate Program
  • Completion of CRJ 501

Deadline to apply

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

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

Course Credit Application Process

Step 1:

MANDATORY- Meet with an Academic Advisor

  • Meet with your academic adviser 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.
  • Please note: A maximum of 6 credits will apply toward Undergraduate major or Graduate Program of study. 
  • Please note: It is not mandatory to complete an internship to graduate. 

Step 2:

Meet with an Career Services Adviser 

Do you have a Resume and Cover Letter?

Meet with Career Services to create resume, cover letter, and agency internship interests. 

Many agencies request a resume and cover letter from internship applicants. Meet with a Career Services Adviser to get help with:

  • creating a resume/cover letter
  • exploring career interests
  • mock interviews
What is a Resume and Cover Letter 
  • What is a resume: a short account of ones career and qualifications
  • What is a cover letter: a document that introduces you to an employer. It highlights your specific accomplishments that most benefit the employer

Step 3:

Search, Apply, and Secure an Internship.

Students must apply to and secure their own internship. It is recommended to apply to a minimum of three internship agencies. 

Below are some helpful Search Strategies: 

After completing the search:
  • Submit resume and cover letter to the agencies of your choice. Complete agency interview process.
  • Schedules are negotiated between the agency and the intern.

Step 4:

Apply for an Experience in Handshake. An internship is referred to as an “experience” on Handshake. 

The Internship office now utilizes Handshake to evaluate internships for course credit. An internship is referred to as an Experience in Handshake. 

****Students must be hired by an internship agency before moving onto to step 4*****

Students cannot start an internship without a signed Student Placement Agreement (SPA) on their profile. The SPA authorizes an internship with the Dean of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

  1. Log into Handshake using your ASURite log in and password (If you do not have a Handshake account, create a profile)
  2. Click on Career Center 
  3. Click on Experiences 
  4. Click on Submit an Experience 
  5. Enter School of Criminology and Criminal Justice-Internship Request into Template 
  6. Complete Experience application questions including student information, agency information, site supervisor contact information, and explain internship's directly relationship to Criminology and Criminal Justice
What happens after an Experience Application is Submitted? 
  • Our team will evaluate your application before sending to your internship site supervisor for approval.
  • Your application must receive three approvals: CRJ Internship Coordinator, Site Supervisor and Internship Adviser. The SPA must also be added to your profile.
  • Once the three approvals and SPA are on your profile, you will receive an override to enroll in the internship course.
  • You can track the status of your request under the “Experiences” tab in Handshake.

Have questions about earning course credit for an internship or completing an Experience Application? 

Click here to set up a meeting with Ashley Robinson, CCJ Internship Adviser

Community Partners 

  • Students have the opportunity to intern at one of more than 15 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

    The chart below outlines required work hours necessary to pass the internship course. Work with an academic adviser to determine the number of credits hours to enroll in and apply to your academic curriculum requirements.

    *Summer hours/week are higher because the session is shorter. Contact Ashley Robinson 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:
    Ashley Robinson, 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
    Schedule a meeting here:

    Potential community partner agencies please contact:
    Brooks Louton, 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