Course: CJ 2997Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Behavioral Science
Title: Criminal Justice Internship II
Semester Approved: Fall 2019
Five-Year Review Semester: Summer 2025
End Semester: Summer 2025
Catalog Description: This course is designed to provide hands-on experiences in Criminal Justice. Internships are an opportunity for students to link theory with practice. They are temporary, on-the-job experiences intended to help students identify how their studies in the classroom apply to the workplace. Internships are individually arranged by the student in collaboration with a faculty member in the chosen discipline and a supervisor at the workplace.
This course is repeatable for up to 6 credits, with no more than 3 credits per semester. Internships are typically pass/fail credits. Students desiring a grade will need to negotiate a contract with significant academic work beyond the actual work experience.
Semesters Offered: TBA
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 1-3; Lecture: 1-3; Lab: 0
Repeatable: Yes. Repeatable up to six credits
Justification: “An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate them.”
As such, internships provide students opportunities to explore career options through an engaged setting, they help students apply academic materials and skill to practical work situations, they provide valuable professional experience, and they develop interpersonal skills.
Students who participate in internship opportunities secure work more quickly and are promoted more rapidly than students who do not. Often internships work well as capstone courses. All USHE institutions offer internship opportunities to their students.
Students at Snow can enroll in up to 3 internship credits in an academic semester. No more than 6 credits can count toward the associate’s degree. Duplicate experience for additional credit is not allowed.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Understand and apply classroom material to a professional work situation. Students will demonstrate that connection through a reflection paper, their journal entries, and in conversation with faculty mentor and work supervisor.
Develop interpersonal skills. This will be demonstrated by negotiating with faculty and supervisors as they design an internship contract.
Develop professionalism by developing self-initiative, time management skills, effect communication skills, punctuality, and professional conduct. This will be assessed through periodic work reviews.
Connect something from work environment back to the discipline. They will demonstrate this in their journals, reflections, and in conversation with their faculty mentors.
This will be determined collaboratively by student, faculty mentor, and job supervisor. The internship contract uses a student’s academic and professional interests to serve as the intellectual starting points for developing a semester-long project. Together the student, faculty advisor, and worksite supervisor will design a project that meets the following criteria:
1) Aligns with the student’s academic program,
2) Offers the student an opportunity to significantly expand their current knowledge and skill set; and
3) Aligns with the student’s professional pursuits.
To qualify for an internship, a student must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA); have completed 30 semester hours or have instructor permission; and ideally have completed coursework that relates to the work experience.
Key Performance Indicators:
Students desiring more than 1 credit must also submit at least one artifact for each additional credit. Artifacts should reflect academic practices of the discipline and might include a portfolio, interview transcript, primary and/or secondary research paper, completed work project, multi-media report, etc.
Research Project 30 to 35%
Learning Logs or Journal 20 to 25%
Reflection Essay 30 to 35%
Work supervisor evaluation 20 to 25%
Credit is earned through experiential learning and reflection.
Maximum Class Size: 1
Optimum Class Size: 1