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The number of internships associated with criminal justice and other degrees related to law enforcement are too numerous to list. We will provide examples of opportunities in different job types to give you a taste of what is available. The illustrated internships are for information purposes. We have selected these from prior but authentic postings.

While you might not be on the front lines busting a drug ring during a summer criminal justice internship, you could be in an important support role. You could be a service provider for victims, an advocate, a researcher, or a community liaison. Criminal justice internships might also train and manage volunteers or serve as a liaison between victims and advocacy groups. The on-the-job training and mentoring will prepare you for positions at the local, state, and federal level. An internship can also provide career guidance.

Asset and Profit Protection

A major retail company in Chicago offered a ten-week internship for students to work directly with the Asset Protection Manager (APM) in your assigned store. You receive structured training and
development through multiple media. Technical and leadership skills delivered through online, self-study, and classroom-based experiences. Responsibilities included  Shoplifter detections and apprehensions, conducting internal investigations, safety (identifying and reducing causes of customer and associate accidents) as well as business analytics.

Undergraduates pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice/Criminology, including courses in business, accounting, finance, and management, were eligible to apply.

Crisis Intervention Specialist

A Crisis Intervention Specialist serves as the first point of contact for clients calling the crisis center. Obtaining experience in crisis intervention is vital for anyone looking to enter the fields of criminal justice, social services, etc. Personal experience working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault crime presents a unique opportunity to build your resume. The Specialist will field incoming calls to crisis lines, complete the intake process for new clients, provide referrals, and connect victims to advocates. Other duties included providing the victims with resources and referrals for medical, legal, shelter/housing, employment, clinics, counseling/support groups assistance

Many internships accept applications from students having completed or in the process of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in criminology, criminal justice, law, social work or related field. Or they had previous experience in working with victims of crime. Other required skills included a working knowledge of Microsoft suite including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

EveryMind is one example of a mental health resource in the DC region offering direct services, information, and referrals for everyone. From school age children to older adults, services include mental health counseling, intensive case management, as well as crisis prevention and intervention. All interns are required to attend a 39-hour training class, in addition to three sessions of on-the-phone training.

U.S. Probation Officer

The intern gains significant insight into the federal probation system and will learn many of the duties and responsibilities of a probation officer with the exception of field work. The intern provides administrative support to probation officers and support staff. Under the guidance and direction of an officer, meet with unemployed offenders to monitor their job search efforts, which include reviewing their job search logs, assisting them with their resume, and providing mock interviews.

This internship stated that you need to work a minimum 16 hours per week preferably for two full days, no more than a year, but preferably more than 3 months to at most a year. This was an unpaid position open to junior and senior undergraduates interested in law enforcement.

Global Security Internship

This paid internship pertained to the Dow Jones Security team. The intern processes, analyzes and evaluates information received from all available sources and responds with the appropriate communication, using all available tools. Applicants must show demonstrable analytic and critical thinking skills and possess the ability to prioritize workload based on urgency. Other requirements included the ability to demonstrate a high level of competency with advanced computer systems (e.g., hardware, software, and networks). In addition, you had to have the ability to communicate effectively with IT and Security Systems professionals.

The internship was open to enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited university and be sophomore status or above.  The preferred degrees were Criminal Justice, Legal, Security, or Business Majors.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI  recruits students at both the undergraduate and graduate level and fosters the next generation of professionals through a number of programs:

  • Volunteer Internship Program
  • Honors Internship Program
  • Cyber Internship Program
  • Visiting Science Program

The FBI Volunteer Internship Program is an unpaid internship program for undergraduates in their junior or senior year, as well as graduate and post-graduate students. This internship opportunity allows students to gain a deeper understanding of FBI operations and the careers available through the Bureau while working alongside FBI employees. The acceptable degrees for volunteers run the gambit from art history to criminal justice to archaeology.

The FBI Honors Internship Program is a paid summer internship program designed for a select group of undergraduate and graduate students. Those selected may participate in the FBI Honors Internship Program in Washington, D.C. or at one of the country’s Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories (RCFL). This internship seeks students in degrees as cybersecurity, computer science, IT Security and many others in this vein.