CJ440 Internship in Crim Just

for UU 2011

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CJ 440 Internship in Crim Just


UU 2011 HOD


Dr. Kenneth Christopher, D.P.A.


Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice


Doctor of Public Administration (Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1999)
Master of Public Administration (Florida International University, Miami, FL, 1983)
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 1976)

Office Location

Park University Home Campus, Parkville, MO, Mabee Learning Center, MA208B

Office Hours

Wednesday, 10am-12n, or by appointment

Daytime Phone

Office: 816-584-6597

Other Phone

Mobile: 816-809-6494



Web Page


Semester Dates

June 6 - July 29, 2011

Class Days


Class Time



Permission of Department Chair

Credit Hours



No text is required. Faculty may have libraries of books about careers in criminal justice which may be borrowed, and experiences in many areas of criminal justice which can provide direction to students.

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

Course Description:
CJ440 Internship in Criminal Justice: This course provides practical application through service with a criminal justice agency. Opportunities are available in both the public and private sectors. Prerequisites: Permission of Department Chair. Variable credit: 3-6 hours.

Educational Philosophy:

The Criminal Justice Department wants students to have a meaningful and memorable practical experience, which supplements classroom learning experiences. The Department expects students to keep a journal of their work activities and to analyze the experiences in the context of classroom learning. Hopefully, internships will lead students further into the areas explored or at least be a worthwhile experience in a complementary career path.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate an agency in the criminal justice system by working in it
  2. Reflect on and assess the activities performed as a vocation
  3. Critique the job activities with classmates and/or instructor

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Students will:
            1. Find a suitable agency to complete the required internship hours.
            2. Complete the attached CJ440 Document A in which the student and the supervisor in the selected agency agree to the duties by both signing. Submit the completed Document A to the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Administration for approval of the internship.
            3. Keep a journal of the internship. Include in the journal thoughts about the activities participated in. This journal should be attached to the final paper.
            4. Maintain weekly contact with the professor during the semester so that he/she can count you present. This contact may be telephonic, electronic, or in person.
              5. Meet with classmates twice during the semester – at the beginning and then at the end of the Semester/Term or respond to directions of the professor.
             6. At the end of the internship, submit a paper of 6 pages explaining how the student applied the knowledge, skills, and principles presented in classroom setting, and feelings about the experiences. Attach the journal to the final paper. 
            7. Complete 135 hours of work for three hours of credit and 270 hours for six hours of credit.
            8. Make certain the supervisor sends a confidential report to the professor about student performance in the internship. 


·         Complete required number of hours and receive a positive letter from the supervisor                50%

·         Have discussions with classmates and/or professor                                                                 10%
·         Submit a journal in a timely manner                                                                                         20%

·         Write a six-page paper about the internship experience                                                             20% 

                                                                                                                        TOTAL                100%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Failure to report during scheduled times will be counted as absences and will result in the lowering of a grade. Late journals or final papers will result in an incomplete. All materials, including letters from the internship supervisor, must be submitted to your professor by the last Wednesday of classes.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Be present and participate with the few required meetings with classmates and professors.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Students are Responsible for Completing the Following Tasks:

  • Have three required discussions with their classmates and/or professor.
  • Complete the required number of hours in the internship successfully.
  • Submit a six (6)-page, computer-generated paper which contains:

1) A description of the agency and its placement in the criminal justice system;

 2)Observations and experiences learned by participation in the internship;

3) A discussion of the positive and negative experiences of the internship, and;

4) Conclusions about how the internships fits into student coursework at this point in his/her university experience.

  • Submit a weekly journal listing the dates and hours worked, and containing a brief description of the activities performed and a reflection on these activities.
The eCompanion site for CJ440-HOD, Summer 2011 term will be used to facilitate instructor-student communications and assignments during the term.

Here is the agenda:

            1. Find a suitable agency to complete the required internship hours.

            2. Complete and return to me the Document A (attached in the Syllabus) in which you and the supervisor in the selected agency agree to the duties by both signing. 

            3. Keep a JOURNAL of the internship. Include in the journal thoughts about the activities participated in. This journal should be attached to the final paper. (Weekly Journal -- see notes below).

            4. Maintain weekly contact with the me during the semester so that I can count you as present. This contact may be telephonic, electronic, or in person.  (The online journal takes care of this -- If you miss a week, we will need to speak by phone to see what might be an issue).

              5. Meet with classmates twice during the semester – at the beginning and then at the end of the Semester or respond to directions of the professor.

             6. At the end of the internship, submit a paper of 6 pages explaining how the you applied the knowledge, skills, and principles presented in classroom setting, and feelings about the experiences. Attach the journal to the final paper. (This is the main writing aside from the journal).

            7. Complete 135 hours of work for three hours of credit. (I will need to receive documentation of hours worked directly from the agency).

            8. Make certain your supervisor sends a confidential report to me about your performance in the internship. (This is also something I need from your supervisor).

Please note that, in eCompanion, I will open up a threaded discussion forum in Weeks 1 through 8.  Use this portal to post your weekly journal entries.  Your first entry would be due by Sunday, June 12 (Note, if you have not started the internship yet, let me know and we can start the journal during the week you begin).

We will use this format to dialog each week.  A weekly journal entry of about 250-300 words is required for the internship.  I will review and comment on your entries. I expect you to return to your journal entries and respond to any comments or questions I pose to you.


If you have any problems, issues, or questions, please call or e-mail me.  

Good Luck and enjoy the experience. I look forward to dialoging with you this term.


--Ken Christopher

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
(This statement is from the Park University Undergraduate Catalog.) “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community.  Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments.  Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93
(This statement if from the park University Undergraduate Catalog.)
“Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one's original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
1. Meet with classmates and professors at the beginning and end of the semester to discuss positive and negative aspects of the internship experience at a scheduled time, if requested to do so, probably the first week of classes and at the mid term. If you are not a Parkville daytime student, the professor will provide directions.
2. Keep a journal of your activities during the week and submit this to your professor prior to Monday in order to be counted as present.  If you miss deadlines, you will be counted as absent and will be dropped from the course. It is helpful for you and the professor if you analyze as well as describe your activities.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

CJ440 Document A (Internship Description and Approval)


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