CJ440 Internship in Crim Just

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CJ 440 Internship in Criminal Justice


FA 2012 HOA


Plumb, Greg


Professor of Criminal Justice


B.A. in History & Economics from University of Missouri – Columbia
J.D. from University of Missouri – Columbia

Office Location


Office Hours

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Daytime Phone




Semester Dates

August 20–December 7, 2012

Class Days


Class Time



Approval of internship by department chair

Credit Hours



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

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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:

Students will:

  1. Find a suitable agency to complete the required internship hours.
  2. Complete the CJ440 Attachment A (available on the department website – www.park.edu/cj) in which the student and the supervisor in the selected agency agree to the duties by both signing the document.Submit the completed Attachment A to the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Administration for approval of the internship.
  3. Complete 135 hours of work in the internship for 3 hours of course credit.For 6 hours of course credit, complete 270 hours of work in the internship.
  4. Keep a series of journals of the internship with each journal covering approximately 20 work hours in the internship.Include in the journal your thoughts about the activities in which you participated and how your other criminal justice courses relate to your experiences.These journals should be sent to the instructor as directed.
  5. Maintain weekly contact with the instructor during the semester/term, so that he/she can count you present.This contact me by telephonic, electronic, or in person, as directed by the instructor.
  6. If available, you will discuss your experiences with other students also working in internships that semester/term.
  7. It is the student’s responsibility to work with the internship supervisor for him/her to send the confidential report (described in Attachment A) to the instructor about the student’s performance in the internship.This report should be sent by e-mail or fax by the last day of the semester or term.
  8. At the end of the internship, send the instructor (as directed by the instructor) a paper of approximately 6 pages discussing the following:
    1. A description of the organization for whom the student worked;
    2. A description of where the student was in the organization and what he/she did;
    3. A critical examination of the organization, recommending any improvements; and
    4. A critical report evaluating the internship itself and evaluating how well the student thinks he/she did in working in the internship.


1. Have discussions with instructor and classmates if available - 10%
2. Submit the series of journals as required by the instructor - 20%
3. Submit a six-page paper about the internship experience - 20%
4. Complete the required number of hours & receive a positive letter from supervisor - 50%

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 Sunday of the term/semester.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Be present and participate with the weekly required meetings with instructor and classmates.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Students are Responsible for Completing the Following Tasks:

  • Have the required discussions with their classmates and/or instructor.
  • Complete the required number of hours in the internship successfully.
  • Submit a weekly journal, summarizing the dates and hours worked, and containing a brief description of the activities performed and a reflection on these activities.
  • 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.

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 .

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