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Dr. John J. Rodriguez, Internship Director


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What is an internship in Criminology and Criminal Justice?

An internship is an opportunity for a criminal justice student to receive course credit for field work.  The internship coordinator facilitates your assignment to an agency or organization where you will gain practical experience.  You must complete 112 hours in the field for 3 credit hours and 224 hours in the field for 6 credit hours.   These credit hours can be taken in one complete semester, or you may take two separate internships over the course of two semesters.   

What is the criteria to apply?

To be eligible to apply for participation in the internship program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a UTA CRCJ major with senior status (90+ hours completed) in the semester in which the student is enrolled in the course.
  • Have completed at least 12 hours of CRCJ courses at UTA and 15 hours of CRCJ courses overall.
  • Have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0+, and have a GPA of 3.0+ in CRCJ courses.
  • Be in good standing academically at UTA.
  • Have a recommendation from one UTA CRCJ professor who has had the student in at least one class (if the student has not previously had another class taught by the internship coordinator).
  • Establish a UTA email address and have access to a computer.
  • Be able to pass an agency criminal background investigation, and a urinalysis (if required).
  • Be able to work at least 112 hours during the semester (for three hours course credit) or 224 hours (for six hours course credit).
  • Have transportation to the work site
  • Have medical and automobile insurance

When to apply?

You must apply the semester before you want to begin your internship.  You may perform an internship in the Fall or Spring semesters.  Special arrangements can be made to intern during the Summer session (please see internship coordinator).

How to apply?

  1. Determine what kind of agencies/organizations best meet career expectations and desires.
  2. Have a CRCJ professor who has had the applicant in one or more courses submit a brief recommendation to the coordinator by email.
  3. Provide internship coordinator with application, resume and cover letter.
  4. Schedule a personal interview with the program coordinator (during the interview, the applicant will be expected to prepare for and treat the interview as one would prepare for, and conduct oneself in an interview with an agency or organization for a professional position).
  5. Receive contact information for agencies available for internships based on your agency match.
  6. Enroll in appropriate course (CRCJ 4301 001 and/or CRCJ 4301 002).
  7. Contact the person at the agency to arrange an interview.
  8. Meet your interview as scheduled.
  9. The agency will/or will not accept you.
  10. If accepted, inform internship coordinator of acceptance. Upon acceptance by an agency or organization, complete an Internship Practicum Agreement, which will be signed by the student intern, and the intern coordinators from the agency and the CRCJ department.
  11. If not accepted, contact internship coordinator to receive another match.
  12. Attend mandatory internship meeting the 1st week of the semester.  Syllabus provided at this time.