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The internship is an integral part of the Justice Studies undergraduate program.  All JS majors are required to complete a THREE (3) unit internship course. The internship experience is designed to provide a broad exposure to the operations of a variety of justice-related agencies and organizations, including courts, law enforcement agencies, law offices, nonprofit organizations and community based programs. The internship student gains knowledge of the structure, goals, and work procedures of the agency/office by participating in activities in the internship setting, and applies that knowledge to the completion of a paper on the internship experience that bridges coursework, theory and practice.  Students are required to spend a minimum of 120 hours in the internship setting. For the specific requirements, view the JS 181 syllabus (PDF). The internship is limited to Justice Studies Department majors and minors.  The internship fulfills the Core Competencies area  ‘F’ of the JS major requirements. Students may also fulfill this major requirement through the combination of JS 140 and JS 141.

  • Observation and experience in or related to the community or professional agencies related to justice studies.
  • Practical experience in the use of skills and techniques necessary for a successful career.
  • To provide critical supervision, guidance, and feedback for the students as they gain experience in the agency.
  • Professional and intellectual development in the Justice Studies field by successfully integrating theory and practice in a real world, justice-related setting.


Are you a justice studies or forensic science student seeking information on what is required to find an internship placement and register for the internship course (JS 181)? Our Prospective Interns webpage explains the process to becoming an intern, the steps needed to register for the JS 181 internship course, and how to approve an 'unlisted' internship. 

You can also check out our Frequent Asked Questions webpage to find answers to all your questions, including how to get started in finding an internship.

For a list of justice studies related organization that provide internships, please visit our Internship Opportunities webpage and/or the University's Internship Opportunities webpage. You can also search SJSU Handshake for internships.

All necessary forms, including the Internship Add Code Application, Internship Regististration Form, and the Request for Approval of Unlisted Internship, can be found on our Internship Forms webpage.


Current interns should go to the Current Interns Page for information on what is required of students while they are completing their internship. 

The Current Interns Page provides a calendar of internship meeting dates for each of the semester's internship advisors.


Are you an organization seeking an internship student? To become one of our internship placement sites, please email the Internship Coordinator

For  more about our department and potential career options, download the JS Fact Sheet or email the Justice Studies Department.


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