Criminal Justice Internship Handbook (CRJ 4970)


Purpose of internship

A program of participation and study designed to give students the opportunity to interact with criminal justice professionals in the workplace. Placements are made in courts, corrections, law enforcement, and other agencies.

  • CRJ 4970: Internship, 3 credits
  • Course is open only to criminal justice majors
  • Prerequisites: CRJ 2000 or CRJ 1010, junior or senior standing, minimum 2.5 GPA, consent of instructor
  • Emphasis within the criminal justice department

    The internship program is an integral component of the total undergraduate academic program offered by the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. As such, internship studies are designed to enhance the student's academic experience through a planned and supervised program of observation, study, and work in a selected criminal justice agency or agencies.

  • Internship program goals
    • To provide the student with an opportunity to apply and evaluate his/her academic experience in a professional field setting
    • To familiarize the student with the actual operations of a criminal justice agency
    • To provide the student with useful experience in a criminal justice agency, and thereby improve his/her employment potential upon graduation
    • To provide the student with the opportunity to meet various criminal justice practitioners who may be of assistance in preparing for career objectives
    • To provide a direct service link between criminal justice agencies and the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice through the exchange of knowledge and information related to practical agency and personnel needs

Student eligibility requirements

  • Major: The student must be an officially declared criminal justice major
  • Class standing: The student must be of junior or senior student standing; exceptional students with at least 50 credits will be considered
  • Criminal justice credits: Prior to the internship, the student should have completed at least half (20 credits) of the 40 credits required for the criminal justice major, including the course(s) related to the internship
  • Grade point average: The student must have a minimum 2.5 GPA overall
  • Prior approval: The student must apply and be accepted for CRJ 4970 credit, in accordance with department requirements, at least one month prior to the start of the term/semester. It takes time for the internship location to be confirmed
  • Criminal Justice Coursework: Prior to the start of the internship, the student must meet with the supervisor of the internship course for the semester it is being taken to make sure all paperwork for the internship is completed and the course requirements are understood

Internship options

The student is responsible for seeking out and securing an internship position with an agency or organization. The procedure for making an arrangement with an agency or organization and the requirements to be met should be obtained from the internship supervisor. Internship positions may be developed both within the State of Michigan and, in exceptional circumstances, out-of-state.

No student will be allowed to enroll for internship credit for working with his/her current position or in position(s) which he/she already holds, nor will a student be permitted to intern for an agency in a position that is similar to his/her current position.

No credit for past work at an agency or organization will be granted.

The application and approval process

The student is responsible for observing the following sequence for applying to the Criminal Justice Internship Program.

  1. Meet with or contact the criminal justice internship supervisor to discuss the internship program and eligibility.

  2. Read this handbook carefully. Keep it for reference.

  3. Complete the internship application and insurance/liability forms and return both with an unofficial copy of your transcript to the criminal justice internship supervisor no later than six weeks in advance of the internship semester. Do not submit the application more than one term before the internship.

  4. Provide the criminal justice internship supervisor with the agency name, field supervisor name, internship position duties and responsibilities and work schedule agreed to immediately upon acceptance by the agency. Student must have a confirmed internship assignment in an agency by no later than two weeks prior to the first day of classes.

  5. The internship supervisor will then provide both the agency and the student with a letter formalizing the internship arrangements. This letter will be provided no later than the start of the semester of the internship.

  6. Within a week after the internship has been approved, the student must meet with the internship supervisor in order to discuss the academic requirements (see "Academic requirements" section) and behavioral expectations of the internship.

  7. Internship agency requests that seem to have little or no relationship to the criminal justice system or that appear to offer a weak internship field experience will not be approved. The internship supervisor will make the decision of whether or not to approve a requested internship location.

  8. Submit a registration form for CRJ 4970 to the criminal justice internship supervisor no later than the first day of classes.

  9. Once an internship position has been secured and finalized, it should be considered a contract. Cancellation of an internship assignment can be made only with the approval of the internship supervisor. Unapproved cancellations will result in assigning the student a failing grade for the CRJ 4970 course.

Academic requirements

Internships should be considered in the same manner as any other academic course. Specific expectations of the student are set forth, the performance of the student is evaluated, and a grade is assigned. The essential difference is that it is primarily a field "laboratory" experience rather than a classroom experience. A total of 120 hours (approximately eight hours a week during a 15 week semester) must be completed at the internship agency. The minimum number of hours cannot be lowered or waived.

  • Seminars

    Students are required to attend all meetings set forth by the criminal justice internship supervisor (See "Student's responsibilities during the internship" section below). As previously indicated the dates, times, and locations of these meetings will be provided by the internship supervisor after the student has been approved and has registered for the internship course, CRJ 4970.

  • Written assignments

    As set forth by the criminal justice internship supervisor, the written work assignment of the student will consist of Weekly Internship Report and a reflection paper.

    Weekly Internship Report

    Students are required to provide the following information in these reports, which are due by 11:59 p.m. on the Friday of each week of the internship.

    • Internship site
    • Date of internship visit
    • Time arrived
    • Time left
    • Report on what happened

    Be sure to:

    • Summarize what you did during this visit
    • Comment on new things you learned during this visit, and, if necessary
    • Identify and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your visit

    These reports will be submitted to the Canvas site.

    Reflection paper

    The intern will write a three to five-page, double-spaced reflection paper in which you discuss what you've learned during the internship with what you've has learned in the classroom.

    This paper will be submitted to the Canvas site.

    Grading and evaluation

    • A letter grade will be earned by the student in accordance with his/her performance in the course
    • The final grade will be determined by the criminal justice internship supervisor
    • The relative weights given to the requirements for the course are:
      • 50 points for the reflection paper
      • 10 points each for the Weekly Internship Report
      • 10 points each the field supervisor's evaluation of the student intern's performance during the internship experience
      • 10 points each the student's evaluation of the internship

    The final grade will be calculated according to the following table:

    % of total Grade
    93 to 100% A
    90 to 92.99% A-
    87 to 89.99% B+
    83 to 86.99% B
    80 to 82.99% B-
    77 to 79.99% C+
    70 to 76.99% C
    60 to 69.99% D
    0 to 59.99% F
  • Credits for internship, CRJ 4970

    Students may enroll in CRJ 4970 for three credits, the maximum number of credits that may be applied to the 120 credits required for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. The internship is designed to be completed in one semester, although in certain circumstances arrangements can be made to extend the internship beyond one semester.

    As previously indicated, in order to earn the three credits for CRJ 4970, a minimum of 120 hours must be completed at the approved internship agency.

Student's responsibilities during the internship

  1. Prior to the internship semester, the student intern must meet with the criminal justice internship supervisor who will:

    1. Explain the internship, including the application and prior approval requirements.
    2. Help answer any questions you may have.
    3. Provide you with contact information for possible internship agencies.
    4. Confirm your internship arrangements and provide an override to allow you to register for CRJ 4970.
  2. During the first week of the semester, the student must meet with the criminal justice supervisor who will:

    1. Provide you with the required meeting dates, times, and locations.
    2. Provide you with the due dates for the journal and paper.
    3. Grade your materials for the course.
  3. Submit the weekly reports and final paper to the criminal justice internship supervisor by the stipulated deadline dates.

  4. Be responsible to an assigned field supervisor in the internship agency.

  5. Discuss with the field supervisor all planned activities or client contacts before proceeding.

  6. Report to the agency dressed and groomed in an appropriate manner.

  7. Be punctual and reliable; always contact the agency in advance if you will be late or absent.

  8. Complete all work assigned by the agency.

  9. In all instances, the confidentiality of the client's relationships with the agency is to be respected as well as the confidentiality of agency records.

  10. Ensure that no commitments are made which will conflict with the internship. Specifically, students enrolled for internship credit are prohibited from taking courses that meet during the hours when the student has made a previous commitment to his/her internship agency.

  11. Return the completed Student evaluation of the internship experience to the criminal justice internship supervisor or supervisor.

Responsibilities of the internship supervisor and/or supervisor

  1. Develop, modify and disseminate this handbook.

  2. Approve/disapprove the requested internship agency or agencies.

  3. Set the number of meetings with interns during the course of the semester. Also determine the dates, times, and locations of these meetings.

  4. Explain the requirements for enrolling in and completing CRJ 4970, the internship class.

  5. Maintain contact with the internship agency and/or field supervisor to develop adequate guidelines and responsibilities for the student.

  6. Maintain the confidentiality of any information received pertaining to the records of the agency.

  7. Provide the Agency evaluation of the student intern to, and receive the completed evaluation form, participating agencies and/or field supervisors.

  8. Maintain records of internships.

  9. Assist the participating agencies in developing a meaningful field internship experience for the student.

  10. Recruit new field internship agencies as the need arises. Maintain contact with inactive agencies.

  11. Recruit students for the internship program/course.

Responsibilities of the internship agency/organization

  1. Allow the student to begin the internship during the first week of classes of the semester enrolled in CRJ 4970 or as close to the first week of the semester as possible.

  2. Develop a formal or informal training program to familiarize the student with the function and operation of the agency. Allow the student sufficient exposure to other aspects or departments within the agency.

  3. Select and assign a qualified staff member as the student's field supervisor to provide supervision for the student during the internship. The student is to provide the name of this person and contact information to the internship supervisor.

  4. Determine, through mutual agreement, the student's hours of work so as to meet the minimum of 120 hours at the internship agency to meet the requirements for three credits of CRJ 4970.

  5. Allow the student to become sufficiently involved in the agency so as to enhance his/her learning experience. Allow the student to participate in meetings and to assume to the extent possible, responsibilities of the type carried out by regular employees.

  6. Orient the student as to the agency's expectations of appropriate dress, policies pertaining to the confidentiality of records, and any other types of significant behavior which are appropriate in the respective agency.

  7. Contact the criminal justice internship supervisor or supervisor when it is felt that problems are disrupting the student's work performance.

  8. Complete a final evaluation of the student intern's performance. The agency field supervisor is to review the contents of the performance evaluation with the student and discuss areas in need of improvement and suggest steps to meet these standards. The criminal justice internship supervisor will provide the agency field supervisor with the Agency evaluation of the student intern.

Internship contact information

  • Courts
    Organization Phone Email Contact Address
    18th District Court Volunteer Probation Program 313-595-8720 J. Gibbs 36675 Ford Road, Westland, MI 48185
    31st District Court 313-800-5248 Ben Ruby 3401 Evaline St., Hamtramck, MI 48212
    37th District Court 586-574-4935 Danielle Harden 8300 Common Road, Warren, MI 48093
    43rd District Court 248-585-8680
    ext. 2 Vincent Colo, probation officer/internship supervisor 300 West 13 Mile Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071
    Michigan State Appellate Defender Office (SADO) 313-256-9833
    ext. 2926 Marilena David-Martin, training director 645 Griswold, Suite 3300, Detroit, MI 48226
    Washtenaw County Public Defender 734-222-6970 Tim Niemann

    220 E. Huron Street Fifth Floor Ann Arbor, MI 48104

    Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8645 Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645

    Wayne County Circuit Court-- Probation Division 313-833-1893
    Michelle Milligan, Director A'Llana Jones, clinical supervisor 1441 St. Antoine Murphy Hall of Justice, Detroit, MI 48226
    Wayne County Family Court: see information for Wayne County Sheriff's Department 313-833-1776 Mat Bueter 1025 East Forest, Room 230, Detroit, MI 48207
    Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney 313-224-8840 Jennifer Bentley Frank Murphy Hall of Justice 1441 St. Antoine, Room 1220, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Federal/national agencies
    Organization Phone Email Contact Address
    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms 313-202-3444 Todd McAfee, internship supervisor 1155 Brewery Park, Suite 300, Detroit, MI 48207
    Federal Bureau of Investigation 313-965-2323   477 Michigan Ave. 26th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226
    Police Executive Research Forum 202-466-7820

    Jessica Toliver

    Elizabeth Miller

    1120 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 930, Washington, DC 20036
    Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 877-872-7990    
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection 313-496-2155   211 W. Fort Street, Suite 1200, Detroit, MI 48226
    U.S. Marshals Service 703-740-5191 Lynette Miller, student volunteer intern supervisor 231 W. Lafayette, Room 120, Detroit, MI 48226
    U.S. Secret Service 313-226-6400   477 Michigan Avenue, #1000, Detroit, MI, 48226
  • Human services; child and juvenile services
    Organization Phone Email Contact Address
    Boy Scouts of America- National College Internship 313-361-1250 Justin K. Williams, director of field service/COO Dauch Scout Center 1776 West Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48208-2215
    Crossroads for Youth 248-628-2561
    ext. 255
    Ashley Gearhart 930 E. Drahner Rd., Oxford, MI 48371
    Detroit Behavioral Institute; Detroit Recovery Project 313-365.3113

    Amanda Karnes, clinical support director

    Rachel Lang, executive administrator/Human Resources

    1121 East McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48203
    HAVEN 248-322-3707 Christina Ramsey, volunteer and intern program supervisor 801 Vanguard Drive, Pontiac, MI 48341
    Macomb County Child Advocacy Center- Care House 586-463-0123 Brianna Bentley, Intern supervisor 131 Market Street Mount Clemens, MI 48043
    Michigan Department of Health & Human Services

    Sanilac: 810-966-2169

    St. Clair: 810-648-3860 Misty Wojnarowicz, community resource supervisor 515 S. Sandusky Rd. Sandusky, MI 48471
    Oakland County Juvenile Court 248-858-0237 Tracy Howden 1200 North Telegraph, Pontiac, MI 48341
    Vista Maria 313-271-3050
    ext. 221 Afaf Humayan, volunteer supervisor 20651 West Warren Avenue, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
    Washtenaw County Children's Services 734-973-4343
    Lisa Greco, Director Michael Langenright, management analyst 4125 Washtenaw Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
    Wayne County SAFE 313-964-9701 Katie Michael, director of communications 2727 Second Ave., Suite 300, Detroit, MI 48201
    Wayne State Center for Urban Studies: Community Advocacy Project (CAP) 313-577-1428 Kate Oleksiak, CAP supervisor 5700 Cass, 2207 A/AB, Detroit, MI 48202
    Westland Youth Assistance Program 734-467-7904 Paul Motz, director 36300 Warren Rd., Westland, MI 48185
    Wolverine Human Services 313-824-4400 Charmaine Gauvin, human resources manager 15100 Mack Ave., Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48072
  • Law enforcement
    Organization Phone Email Contact Address
    Battle Creek PD 269-966-3322
    ext. 1135 Chris Rabbit, Sergeant 20 North Division Street, Battle Creek, MI 49017
    Birmingham PD 248-644-1800 Mark Clemence (Chief) 151 Martin Street P.O. Box 3001, Birmingham, MI 48012
    Canton PD 734-394-5400 Chad Baugh, Deputy Director 1150 S Canton Center Rd, Canton, MI 48188
    Detroit PD Recruiting Unit 313-596-5952
    Sandra Flippo, SPHR Dawn Hubbard, PHR 2110 Park Avenue, Room 112, Detroit, MI 48201
    East Lansing PD 517-319 6814 swhelan@cityofeastlansing .com Steve Whelan, Detective 409 Park Lane, East Lansing, MI 48823
    Farmington Hills PD 248-474-4700 Jeff King, Assistant Chief 23600 Liberty, Farmington, MI 48335
    Flint PD 810-237-6807 Sgt. Brian Murphree 210 East 5th Street, Flint, MI 48502
    Grosse Pointe Farms DPS 313-885-2100 Holly Krizmanich, Lietenant 90 Kerby Road, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
    Grosse Pointe Shores PD 313-881-5500 John J. Schulte, Director of Public Safety 795 Lake Shore Road Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236
    Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety 269-337-8270 Jeff VanderWiere, Assistant Chief 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy Suite A Kalamazoo, MI 49087
    Lansing PD 517-483-6882 jason.spoelma@lansingmi. gov Jason Spoelma Sergeant 120 W. Michigan, Lansing, MI 48933
    Macomb County Sheriff 586-307-9317 Ronald Murphy, Sergeant 43565 Elizabeth Road Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
    Madison Heights PD 248-585-2100 Corey Haines (Chief) 280 W. Thirteen Mile Road, Madison Heights, MI 48071
    Michigan State Police; Second District HQ 313-962-7851 Heather Steppey, Administrative Assistant 1301 Third Street Detroit, MI 48226
    Natural Resources, Department of 517-284-6867 Tom Occhipinti, environmental education supervisor, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality PO Box 30457 525 West Allegan St., Lansing, MI 48909
    Oakland County Sheriff Dept. 248-858-1707 Sergeant Paul Workman 1201 North Telegraph, Pontiac, MI 48342
    Rochester PD 248-651-9621 Steven Schettenhelm (Chief) Lt. Paul Matynka 400 Sixth Street Rochester, MI 48307
    Romulus PD 734-942-6879 Derran Shelby, Captain 11165 Olive Street, Romulus, MI 48174
    Trenton PD 734-676-3737 Mike Oakley, Lieutenant 2872 W Jefferson Ave, Trenton, MI 48183-2999
    Warren PD 586-574-4770 Jodi Walny, Corporal 29900 Civic Center Drive, Warren, MI 48093
    Washtenaw County Sheriff 734-973-4898 Emily Arents, Administrative Operations Director 2201 Hogback Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48107
    Wayne PD 734-721-1414 Ryan Strong, Lieutenant 33701 Michigan Ave, Wayne, MI 48184
  • Probation, parole, corrections
    Organization Phone Email Contact Address
    Michigan Department of Corrections Demarse Training Academy

    Work cell: 517-643-0419

    Office: 517-335-3855 Samantha Mason, BHCS recruiter/training development 206 E. Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
    Oakland County Community Corrections 248-655-1276 Michelle Weed, supervisor for pretrial services 1200 North Telegraph #26E, Pontiac, MI 48341
    Oakland County Community Corrections: Step Forward Program 248-451-2310 Lisa Lee 250 Elizabeth Lake Road Suite 1520, Pontiac, MI 48341
    Probation/Pre-Trial Services Office Western District of Michigan 616-456-2389 Melanie Vugteveen, Personnel Specialist 110 Michigan NW, 101 Federal Bldg.
    U.S. District Court, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    United States Probation Office

    Office: 313-234-5416

    Cell: 313-549-9131 Lara Catrell Theodore Levin United States Courthouse 231 West Lafayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226