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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Criminal Justice

Internship Program (CRJU 491 & CRJU 492)

    We provide 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. While there are five options available to satisfy this requirement, the majority of students complete the six-unit internship (CRJU492).  Internships are available to students who have:

    1. completed seven of the nine 300-level core courses (CJRU 301, 302, 303, 304,320, 325, 330, 340, and 350) by the time they enroll in the intership,
    2. an overall university GPA of 2.0,
    3. completed at least 90 units.

    Internship Opportunities.  Where students complete 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 explore 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 approved internship sites hyper-linked above, in the right-hand column. You may intern at a location not on the list, but must secure approval from the internship coordinators first. Contact Professor Mark should you have additional questions about internship placement.

    Applying for an Internship

    • Step 1: Download and read the Internship Handbook. The Handbook is hyper-linked above, in the right-hand column.
    • Step 2: After reading the Internship Handbook, print out and sign the Handbook Agreement Form located in the Handbook.
    • Step 3 : Complete the Internship Student Checklist, also located in the Handbook. The checklist requires you to secure verification from the CHHS Academic Advising Center of your eligibility to enroll in the internship.  Please visit the Advising Center in HSD117.
    • Step 4 : Attend a mandatory internship orientation meeting. The meeting dates are listed below.

      Friday, March 1, 2019

      2pm-3:30pm in HSD111

      Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semester internship applicants.

      Friday, April 12, 2019

      2pm-3:30pm in HSD111

      Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semester internship applicants.

      Friday, May 10, 2019 2pm-3:30pm in HSD111


      Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 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 scan and email to Dr. Vogel the School's "Internship Data Form " (document hyper-linked above, in the right column) to Dr. Vogel. This form requires your signature and the signature of your site supervisor.  

    Registering for CRJU492. After the "Internship Data Form " has been submitted and approved, Dr. Vogel will issue an electronic permit, which will allow the student to enroll in CRJU 492. The student must then REGISTER for the course.  The issuance of a permit does not register a student, but allows him/her to register.

    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. Students MAY NOT begin thier hours before the start of the semester.

    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 paper that blends scholarly research with coursework, and on-site observations. 

    Grading.  The agency evaluation of a student’s work at his/her internship constitutes at most 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 on a 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.



Criminology & 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


Internship Handbook

Orientation PowerPoint Presentation

Approved Internship Sites

Submit the following Internship Data Form form to Dr. Vogel once you have secured an internship site:

Internship Data Form

Use these documents during your internship: