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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.

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:
  • 45 completed credit hours, or Graduate status 
  • Internship must relate to criminology/criminal justice

Application process


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.
    • The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice now utilizes Experiences in Handshake to approve and track all student internships. Once you have been hired by an agency, you will submit your agency’s information and your internship supervisor’s contact information into Handshake, along with student id, email, phone number, GPA, and verifying that you have met the eligibility requirements. To get started, visit the Handshake website   and use your email and password to log in. Follow these steps to input your agency and supervisor’s information. An internship is referred to as an “experience” on Handshake.
      To request your experience:
      • Go to: (alternatively from your homepage, click on “Career Center” in the top right and then “Experiences”)
      • Select “Request an Experience”
      • Select “School of Criminology and Criminal Justice” from the first drop-down menu.
      • Fill out all questions completely, paying special attention to coursework and GPA requirements for completing your request.
      • Once you have requested your experience, our team will review before sending to your internship site supervisor for approval. You can track the status of your request under the “Experiences” tab in Handshake.
        • 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


      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.


      *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

      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