Internships are important items for your resume and can boost your application for graduate education and professional schools. Because internships require you to put many hours per week into the field, they help employers and admission staff know that you have good time management skills because you can hold on to your GPA, do field work, and possibly even work part-time. If you are interested in an internship, see the information below for internship description and requirements.
Criminal Justice Majors
The Criminal Justice Internship is a cooperative effort between the Criminal Justice program at the University of West Florida and public or private criminal justice agencies. The purpose of the internship is to give students the opportunity to apply their education to actual work situations. The student works under the supervision of the criminal justice professional. Students receive academic credit and pay the required credit hour fee as they would a regular course.
Requirements: Students must have:
- The permission of the Internship Coordinator to enroll
- A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the Criminal Justice major and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 as calculated by UWF
- Successfully completed and received a "C" or better in CCJ 4700 (Research Design in CJ), CCJ 3014 (Criminology), and CCJ 3024 (American Justice System), AND at least one of the following: CJC 4010 (Punishment & Society) or CJE 4110 (Police in a Free Society) or CJL 3510 (Judicial Process)
There are also several factors considered by the Internship Coordinator in determining whether a student qualifies for a particular internship opportunity. Those factors include, but are not limited to:
- The number and type criminal justice-related courses completed before the semester the internship is scheduled
- The nature of the internship
- Perceived ability of student to successfully complete the internship
Internship Application Process
If you meet the above requirements and would like to be considered for an internship please follow the instructions below:
Internship Semester Application Deadlines:
- Fall – May 15
- Spring – October 15
- Summer – February 15*
*For internships with federal agencies the application must be submitted a year in advance of the semester you plan to intern.
The following documents are required for internship placement. Please read the internship syllabus (above) for requirements before applying.
- Application Form: Download the CJ Internship Application (DOCX)
- Current Resume that has been reviewed by UWF Career Services
- Personal Statement
All Pensacola campus internship application materials should be turned in to Sara Ardis. All Fort Walton Beach internship questions should be directed to Dr. Kathrine Johnson. Internships will be filled on a first come/first serve basis and depend on availability from the agency, firm, or organization.
Once you are successfully placed with an agency the following form will be required as per the internship syllabus.
This form must be completed IN FULL and returned to the Internship Coordinator after your initial interview with the internship site, and prior to beginning your internship.