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Undergraduate Internship:
 
Our internship program (CRJU 498) is one of three options for fulfilling the criminal justice program's capstone course requirement. It's a popular option with substantial experiential benefits, enhanced through internship-specific class work and academic assignments. 
 
Internships are designed to give students an experience that  aids them in planning their future career plans and to gain valuable skills. 
 
Students are not allowed to start an internship before completing the application process!  You will not receive retroactive credit for an internship completed before the submission of the requisite application or completed while attending another academic institution. 
 
Although students may complete more than one internship in different semesters, subsequent internships must be in a different agency or organization and should be in a different type of agency.  For example, if the first internship is in a parole office, the second internship must be in an agency other than a parole office.  The first three internship credits will be applied to the criminal justice program.  Additional credits will be free elective credits.
 
Some students may receive a stipend under the State University Internship Incentive Program.  Requirements include, but are not limited to, being enrolled full-time, a GPA of 2.75, and having filed a FAFSA with the Financial Aid office.
 
Please read the following instructions very carefully!  It is important that all students follow these guidelines when considering an internship!
 
Student eligibility criteria are as follows:
 
An overall Grade Point Average of 2.50;
 
Academic standing as a senior (students should have earned a minimum of 84 credits);*
 
Prerequisites are senior standing and CRJU 320, 330, 341, 354, 406. CRJU 410 may be taken concurrently.
 

A letter from the appropriate supervising agency is required.  The letter to discuss the intern’s anticipated duties; 

Completion of a formal application and an interview
with the Department's Internship Coordinator at least one month before the application deadline; and,
 
The internship application must be completed and signed by all parties (student, internship coordinator, student's academic adviser and the department chair) and submitted to the internship coordinator no later than the following dates:
 
December 1 for spring internship
April 1 for summer internship
August 1 for fall internship

These are strict deadlines.  It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the required signatures.
 
Late applications will not be considered.  It is the student's responsibility to obtain the required signatures.  Interested students schedule an appointment with Dr. Jo-Ann Della Giustina, the internship coordinator, to discuss eligibility, potential internship site, and the application process before the application deadline.  
 
* May be waived if all Criminal Justice classes, except CRJU 410, have been completed.

The process for seeking internships:
 
  Step One:   Schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Jo-Ann Della Giustina during the semester PRIOR to the term when you intend to complete the internship. You must bring your degree audit to the meeting and be prepared to discuss:
 
 
Your overall GPA to determine eligibility;
 
 
Discuss your plans, goals and objectives to help determine (when and where appropriate) what types of internship might work best for you;
 
* Students find their own internships.  The Criminal Justice Internship Coordinator will aid students in this decision.  Students can also go to the Career Services webpage to research which agencies and organizations will accept BSU students  
 
 
Determine the number of credits you intend to take, from three to fifteen hours.*** General guidelines are as follows:
 
     45 hours of work = 1 credit hour;
 
    135 hours of work= 3 credit hours;
 
   
Only three credits may be applied toward the Criminal Justice program. Additional credits will be applied as free electives and counted towards the 120 credits required for graduation.
 
Credit hours must be determined PRIOR to enrollment. Hours cannot be increased after enrollment.
 
Although students may complete more than one internship in different semesters, subsequent internships must be in a different agency or organization and should be in a different type of agency.  For example, if the first internship is in a parole office, the second internship must be in an agency other than a parole office. 
 
 
   
 

 

 

 

 
 

Step Two: Once an internship is obtained, Schedule an appointment with the Department's Internship Coordinator, Dr. Jo-Ann Della Giustina. Prior to the meeting with the Coordinator, please take the following steps:

 

Bring a letter from the supervising agency describing the duties the intern will be assigned.

If you do not have an internship application, you can pick one up at Career Services in the basement of RCC or one can be downloaded from the registrar's online site.
< click here for the form. >
 

 
Fill out the application prior to your meeting with the faculty internship coordinator.  You must obtain your advisor's signature.
 
 

 
During your meeting with the Department's Internship Coordinator, the Coordinator will
 
      Check the application for completeness;
 
   
Ensure that the internship site is an appropriate one;
 
    Inform you about grading requirements which involve the keeping of a journal;
 
   
Discuss all requirements for the course, which include periodic classes, an evaluation process (a form filled out by the agency on-site internship supervisor) and other course requirements. 
 
    Once the application is approved, the application will submitted to the Department Head for final departmental approval. The student will then take the application to the Registrar's Office for processing and enrollment into the course.
           
 
 
Please do not start an internship before completing the application
process!  You may discover that your GPA renders you ineligible
for academic credit.  You may not receive retroactive credit for an
internship completed before the submission of the requisite
application or completed while attending another academic institution. 
 
 

Additional Questions?
Contact the Internship Coordinator:
Jo-Ann Della Giustina, JD, PhD
Associate Professor
Internship Coordinator
Maxwell Library, 311D
Tel: (508) 531-2582
Email: jdellagiustina@bridgew.edu
 
 
 

 
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