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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Criminal Justice

Internship Program

    The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management's Internship Program provides students with community-based and professional-based learning opportunities through field experiences within a variety of justice-related settings. Internships offer practical interface with justice practitioners, clients, and other cross-disciplinary professionals in manners that allow students to observe the application of theoretical concepts, the implementation of justice-related policies, and the functionality of justice organizations in community and governmental environments. The School has two internship coordinators. Dr. Brenda Vogel will assist you in enrolling for the internship. Professor Ron Mark will assist you in locating an internship sight that is the right fit for you.

    Senior Integrative Experience.  All undergraduate students earning a B.S. in criminology and criminal justice must complete a six-unit Senior Integrative Experience. This is normally accomplished by completing an internship. As the primary mechanism for satisfaction of the Senior Integrative Experience requirement, internships are six-unit learning experiences designed to take place at any time during an undergraduate student’s senior year after students have completed seven of the nine 300-level core courses required for a major in criminal justice (CJRU 301, 302, 303, 304,320, 325, 330, 340, and 350). In addition, students must have an overall university Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0; have no more than two (2) CRJU classes remaining in the semester in which the student is applying for the internship course; and achieved the academic status of “senior.”

    Internship Opportunities.  Where students do their internships is entirely up to them.  Ideally, though, students should intern with agencies or organizations related to their career goals.  For example, students interested in being police officers should investigate internships with police agencies; similarly, pre-law students should investigate internship opportunities with law firms or with the offices of prosecutors or public defenders.  Specialized internships with the JusticeCorp and similar organizations are also available.

    Finding an Internship.  Students are responsible for finding their own internship opportunities; however, Professor Ron Mark, one of the two Internship Coordinators can help! Make an appointment to see Professor Mark at least four months in advance of the date on which you intend to start your internship. Why so far in advance? Because the process of securing an internship can take a long time. Accordingly, students must begin the process of securing an internship at least one semester prior to the semester in which they plan to do their internship. Please see the list of previous internship sponsors in the Internship Handbook. Contact Professor Mark should you require additional assistance about internship placement.

    Applying for an Internship

    • Step 1: This first step criminal justice students should take when contemplating an internship is to download and read the Criminal Justice Internship Handbook. the Handbook is hyper-linked above, in the right column.


    • Step 2: After reading the Internship Handbook, students should print out and sign the Handbook Agreement Form located in the Handbook.

    • Step 3 : Complete the Internship Student Checklist, also located in the Handbook.

    • Step 4 : Attend a mandatory Internship Orientation Meeting. The meeting dates are listed below.

      Friday, September 23

      11am-1pm in ET107

      Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 internship applicants.

      Friday, October 28

      11am-1pm in ET107

      Spring 2017 and Summer 2017 semester internship applicants.

      Friday, December 2

      11am-1pm in ET107

      Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 semester internship applicants.

      Friday, February 3, 2017

      11am-1pm in ET103

      Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 semester internship applicants.

      Friday, March 3, 2017

      11am-1pm in ET103

      Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semester internship applicants.

      Friday, April 7, 2017

      11am-1pm in ET103

      Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semester internship applicants.

      Friday, May 5, 2017

      11am-1pm in ET103

      Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semester internship applicants.

    • Step 5 : Develop a résumé and cover letter. Examples can be located in The Handbook.

    • Step 6 : Apply for internships. As part of the intern selection process, many agencies require students:

      • to undergo a background investigation, which may include drug testing and testing for tuberculosis or other infectious diseases;
      • to participate in one or more in-person interviews; and

      • to be fingerprinted.

      Please keep in mind that background investigations can take up to 4-5 months. It is, therefore, essential that students start the process far enough in advance to insure that they can meet all applicable deadlines.


    • Step 7 : Once a student has been accepted by an agency into its internship program, the student must submit two documents to Dr. Vogel:
      1) The School's "Internship Enrollment Data Form and Learning Agreement " (document hyper-linked above, in the right column); and

      2) The University's "Self-Placed Internship Form" (document hyper-linked above, in the right column).

      Registering for CRJU 492.   After the "Internship Enrollment Data Form" and the "Self-Placed Internship for Academic Credit Form" have been submitted and approved, Dr. Vogel will issue an electronic permit, which will allow the student to enroll in CRJU 492. 

    Please note that the issuance of a permit does not actually register the student for an internship. Rather, the permit allows a student to register for CRJU 492. It is therefore the student’s responsibility to register for the course after having received confirmation that a permit has been issued.

    The University's usual registration deadlines do not apply to CRJU 492! Students will NOT be permitted to add CRJU 492 after the specific deadline to register for CRJU 492, which is two weeks (14 days) prior to the start of a semester. Thus, even though the add/drop period for classes may still be open for other classes, students seeking to enroll in CRJU 492 will be prevented from doing so since internships must be secured in advance of the start of any given semester. The same registration deadline applies to CRJU 497: Independent Study.

    Internship Requirements.  Successful completion of CRJU 492 requires students to (1) complete 130 hours of on-site work at their internship, and (2) complete a number of writing assignments.

    Internship Hours.  All students who do an internship must complete 130 hours of on-site work.  These 130 hours are expected to be completed in the semester during which the student is registered for CRJU 492.  The 130 hours do not include the time it takes to get to and from an internship site.  Moreover, the 130 hours do not include any training time that may be required for a student to participate in an internship.  It is therefore highly advisable for students to discuss their work hours with their Site Intern Advisor prior to committing to an internship.

    Writing Assignments.  Dr. Vogel will assign each intern to a faculty member who will evaluate the intern's written work. That faculty member will provide the intern with a syllabus outlining the specific requirements of the writing assignments for CRJU 492. At a minimum, students are required to maintain a daily time log (sample document hyper-linked above in the right column); write journal entries; and write a term paper that blends scholarly research with participant-observations. 

    Grading.  The agency evaluation of a student’s work at his/her internship constitutes one-third (33%) of final course grade in CRJU 492.  Students are responsible for insuring that their Internship Site Supervisor receives and completes an evaluation form (hyperlinked above, right column). Another third (33%) of the final course grade will be based upon student performance in completing researching and writing the final paper which will be graded using the internship paper grading rubric (hyper-linked above in the right column). The final third (33%) of the final course grade will be based upon journal entries and the timely submission of required time logs.



Criminal Justice Internship Coordinators

For enrollment questions please contact Dr. Brenda Vogel

Office: E-Tec 233


For placement questions please contact Professor Ron Mark

Office: HSD 118



Orientation PowerPoint Presentation


Internship Handbook: Bring the forms on pages 16 and 17 of the Internship Handbook with you to the orientation meeting:

Internship Handbook



Submit the following forms to Dr. Vogel once you have secured an internship site:


Use these documents during your internship: