Internships provide a field experience placement involving orientation and practical training in a professional workplace. Students are involved in the functions of a specific agency, department or office, and the learning experience varies with the particular placement. Students who concentrate in juvenile justice are placed with an agency or organization that works to stem the growing problem of juvenile delinquency.
A minimum of eight hours per week, 120 hours per semester, is required along with a course paper and a classroom experience. Security clearances may be required for government internships.
Placements have included:
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Law firms
- Naval Criminal Investigative Service
- Residential programs for youth
- Rhode Island court system
- Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
- Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General
- Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender
- Rhode Island Training School
- State and local police departments
- U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
- U.S. Marshals Service
- U.S. Secret Service
What can an internship provide?
An internship is an excellent resume builder. During an internship, students meet significant members of the justice community and make contacts. This enables them to hit the ground running upon graduation, an important advantage given the highly competitive nature of the justice field. More employers are seeking candidates with experience gained through internships.
What skills will an internship develop?
Regardless of how much information is learned in the classroom, internships provide students with hands-on abilities that will prepare them for a career in the justice field. An internship provides the perfect appendix to a student's book of justice knowledge.
What kinds of tasks do interns perform?
Tasks might include bookings, community policing, data analysis, emergency planning, investigations, interviewing, juvenile counseling, legal research or policy review.