CJ440 Internship in Crim Just

for F1B 2012

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CJ 440 Internship in Crim Just


F1B 2012 BL


Kirk, Diana M.


Senior Adjunct Faculty


Bachelors in Management of Computer Information Systems
Masters in Management and Leadership

Office Location

Before or after class or by appointment

Office Hours

8am - 1pm Saturdays

Daytime Phone





Web Page


Semester Dates

August 20, 2012 - October 14, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


Permission of Department Chair. Students must have contact several times during the semester with the instructor at pre-arranged times.

Credit Hours



No text is required. Instructors may have libraries of books about careers in criminal justice which may be borrowed, or they may have information about websites dealing with careers in criminal justice.  Instructors have experiences in many aspects of criminal justice and 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

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Compare your selected criminal justice agency with other agencies it collaborates with
  2. Discuss the pros and cons of your selected agency
  3. Describe the experiences of your Internship
  4. Describe how your Internship experience fits in with your coursework
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

Successful students will:

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

- 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.

- Maintain a journal of the internship. Weekly entries should be made. Include in the

    journal thoughts about the activities participated in. This journal should be attached to the final   


- Maintain weekly contact with the instructor during the semester/term so that she can count                                           

    you present. Your weekly contact should include the number of hours worked, a brief summary of the
    work conducted   and a total number of hours worked to-date. This contact will be done through the e-Companion                system 
(Journal tab) or in  

    person on scheduled class dates.

- At the end the internship prepare and submit a written essay 6 pages in length, explaining how the 

    student applied the knowledge, skills, and principles presented in classroom setting, and
    feelings about the experiences. Place your journal and final written paper in the appropriate dropbox in the
    E-Companion system. Your essay should include a cover/title page, reference page, introduction, main body,
    reference page and conclusion.
    Your essay should be written  in APA - 6th ed. format. 

- Complete 135 hours of work for three hours of credit.

- Make certain the supervisor sends a confidential report to the instructor about student

    performance in the internship by the end of the semester. 


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

Attendance (e-mail) and participation on scheduled class dates                                              10%

Submit a journal in a timely manner (with paper)                                                                       20%

Write a six-page essay about the internship experience                                                            20%

TOTAL                                                                                                                                           100%

The following grade scale is used to establish the student's letter grade for the course:

            90-100%                  A

            80-89%                    B

            70-79%                    C

            60-69%                    D

            0-59%                      F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Failure to report on the scheduled dates and times may result in unexcused absences. This will  result in the lowering of a students grade. Absences must be reported to the instructor in advance and before the class meeting date. 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 night of class for the semester/term.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attend class on scheduled dates listed in the syllabus. Participate in class discussions with classmates and the professor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Students have three required discussions with their instructor and/or classmates.

Class meeting dates:

  • Saturday – August 25, 2012 @ 8:00am
  • Saturday – September 15, 2012  @ 8:00am
  • Saturday - October 13, 2012,  @  8:00am (Papers, journals, and supervisor letters due)
          Students must complete the required number of hours in the internship successfully (135 hrs).
          Students must submit a six page (minimum), computer-generated paper. The student paper must contain:

     1)     Title Page (Should not be included as one of the 6 required pages)

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

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

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

     5)   Conclusions about how the internship fits into student coursework at this point in his/her   

            university experience.

           6)    All essays must be submitted in APA format, 6th ed., 1-inch borders, Times New Roman, 12 font

                  Complete and submit a weekly journal listing. Each entry should include the date, number of hours worked, a     
                  brief description of the activities performed and a reflection on these activities, and total number of hours worked
                  to date. Submit the information to your professor via e-mail on a weekly basis. Your complete journal must be
                  submitted with your final paper at the end of the semester. 

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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