Criminal Justice Internships
- Students MUST meet with a Criminal Justice Faculty member before pursuing an internship opportunity.
- Internships are available from 1-8 credits.
- Students intending to take an internship must have completed at least 90 credits and have a 3.0 GPA in the major.
Although an internship is not required, it can be a very valuable experience. Students are strongly encouraged to discuss internships with a Criminal Justice Faculty member. Students should begin this process well before the semester in which they wish to register for the internship. Internships are a privilege, not a right. If students demonstrate excellent academic achievement (as evidenced by a 3.0 GPA in the CJ Major), as well as maturity, professionalism, and discretion, they may earn a criminal justice internship. If earned, criminal justice faculty members will work to provide a student intern with an academic experience within a criminal justice agency.
Internships also carry an academic requirement. To successfully complete the academic portion, students must integrate the field experience with their academic curriculum. Typically, this is done through periodic consultations with a faculty advisor during the internship, and the submission of a related paper or portfolio.
Since criminal justice agencies go out of their way to provide an educational experience for the student, we insist that the student be able to provide something to the agency as well. We encourage each host agency to put the student’s academic skills to use, particularly in the area of research, analysis, and prison programming. The criminal justice faculty will make a concerted effort to ensure that student interns receive real world experience within a criminal justice agency.
The availability of internship positions is limited. For this reason, academic achievement is not the only criteria necessary to earn an internship. The faculty evaluation of the student’s professionalism, maturity, and “fit” between the student and agency are all elements in the selection process.
The Inviting Convicts to College Program: A Teaching Service Internship at Local Prisons
SUMMARY INFORMATION: The Inviting Convicts to College Program is a unique teaching internship that is regularly offerred by the Department of Criminal Justice. The “Inviting Convicts to College” Program involves a non-credit college course taught by criminal justice interns on-site at area prisons (Taycheedah Correctional Institution and Oshkosh Correctional Institution). The courses taught at these prisons are designed to prepare prisoners for the university expectations at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (and/or other area universities). These expectations include both the nature of university course-work expectations (i.e., writing papers, class discussion, exams, and so on) as well as, the requirements necessary to enroll at UWO (or other university or technical colleges specific to the prisoner-student's interest).
Part of the course takes the traditional form of college courses, and covers a substantive topic. Prisoner-students are expected to attend class, pass exams, write papers, and participate in class discussions. The substantive topics covered in the ICCP may vary depending on the Criminal Justice Intern's interests and abilities. Previous substantive topics taught by Criminal Justice Interns have been introductory courses in sociology, criminology, theoretical criminology, psychology, and convict criminology. The remaining part of the course focuses on how to enroll at UWO (and/or other universities or technical colleges of interest), apply for financial aid, general expectations associated with college life, and so on.