The internship course is designed to provide an experiential learning opportunity to students to prepare them for careers in justice-related fields, including courts, law enforcement, law offices, nonprofit organizations, and community-based programs. Students are required to spend a minimum of 120 hours in the internship setting. Through the internship, students gain knowledge of the structure, goals, and work procedures of an agency or office. In addition, the course is designed to promote understanding of the multiple links between coursework and workplace dynamics.
The internship is an integral part of the Justice Studies (JS) and Forensic Science (FS) undergraduate programs. All JS and FS majors are required to complete a three-unit internship course. JS majors are also able to complete a second three-unit internship for credit, under Area ‘E’. The internship is limited to JS and FS majors and minors. Students may also fulfill this major requirement through the combination of JS 140 and JS 141.
Frequently Asked Questions
The first step is to read our Internship FAQ's, which should answer the majority of your initial questions.
JS students should begin thinking about the kind of internship setting they would like to work in by the beginning of their junior year, and should begin the process of applying for specific internship opportunities during the semester before they intend to enroll for JS 181.
Due to COVID-19, many internship sites have been affected. Make sure to check back regularly, as it is updated as more information comes available.
Students are responsible for all the information provided in the syllabus and additional documents.
Are you an organization seeking an internship student? To become one of our internship placement sites, please contact the Internship Coordinator.