CJ440 Internship in Crim Just

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CJ 440 Internship in Crim Just


U1J 2011 PV6


Plumb, Greg


Professor of Criminal Justice


B.A. in History and Economics from University of Missouri at Columbia
J.D. from University of Missouri at Columbia

Office Location


Office Hours

Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

June 6 - July 31, 2011

Class Days


Class Time



permission of department chair

Credit Hours


No textbooks are required for this course.

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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:
Successful students will:
            1. Find a suitable agency to complete the required internship hours.
            2. Complete the Attachment A in which the student and the supervisor in the selected agency agree to the duties by both signing.
            3. Keep a series of journals of the internship with each journal covering approximately 20 work hours at the internship.  Include in the journal thoughts about the activities participated in. These journals should be sent to the instructor as directed.
            4. Maintain weekly contact with the instructor during the semester/term so that he/she can count you present. This contact may be telephonic, electronic, or in person, as directed by the instructor.
            5. If available, you may discuss your experiences with other students also working in internships.
            6. At the end of the internship, send the instructor (as directed by the instructor) a paper of 6 pages covering the following:

                  a.  a description of the organization for whom the student worked;
                  b.  a description of where the student was in the organization and what he/she did;
                  c.  a critical examination of the organization, recommending any improvements; and
                  d.  a critical report evaluating the internship itself and evaluating how well the student thinks he/she did in it.
            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 instructor 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 journals 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 instructor by the last day of the last week of classes for the semester/term.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Be present and participate with the few required meetings with instructor (and possibly classmates).

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Students have required discussions with their instructor and/or classmates, as directed by the instructor.

Students must complete the required number of hours in the internship successfully.

Students must submit a six page, computer-generated paper.

During the internship students should submit a series of journals listing the date and hours worked and containing a brief description of the activities performed and a reflection on these activities.

The student paper should contain:

            a.         a description of the organization for whom the student worked;

            b.         a description of where the student was in the organization and what he/she did;

            c.         a critical examination of the organization, recommending any improvements; and

            d.         a critical report evaluating the internship itself and evaluating how well the student thinks he/she did in it.

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

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

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

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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