The Criminal Justice and Criminology Department at Loyola University invites its majors and minors with excellent academic standing to apply for the Criminal Justice Field Practicum (CRMJ 390). The internship is a graded, 3 to 6-credit-hour course. Its primary purpose is the enhancement of the student’s development and learning through an observational and participatory experience.
The internship is viewed as the culmination of extensive preparatory academic work, enabling the student to apply considerable sophistication and background information (conceptual, theoretical, methodological) to the concrete needs of a practical agency setting.
The undergraduate internship program is available to CJC majors and minors who are juniors or seniors and who have taken four or more criminal justice and criminology courses. While there is no specific minimum GPA requirement, it is the policy of the department to make the internship experience available only to those students whose academic performance is deemed adequate in the judgment of the Internship Director for their intended placement, and whose field performance will reflect the high standards of the department and the university.
Students interested in enrolling in the undergraduate internship program should submit an application form that is available from the Internship Director’s office. Upon submission of the application and related documents, students will meet with the Internship Director regarding their career interests and available field placements that will further those interests. It is incumbent upon the student to submit his or her application early in the semester preceding their intended placement. This will increase the likelihood of obtaining the selected placement, and is imperative if a placement with a law enforcement agency is desired in order that the agency has adequate time to conduct the customary background investigation.
Student interns are expected to fulfill all their obligations to the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department and the agency to which they are assigned as stipulated in the internship guidelines which are provided prior to the commencement of the internship.
The precise agency, location, and nature of the internship are worked out with each student and a particular agency to maximize benefits for both student and agency. Career goals, academic preparation, convenience of location, etc., are taken into consideration in the planning.
The agency agrees to provide the student with a meaningful experience that may include research, on-the-job-training, observational learning, actual job performance—singly or in combination.
Each student intern is assigned an agency supervisor to monitor, supervise, and evaluate assignments and performance. The agency supervisor communicates with the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department as needed and submits a final written evaluation of the student’s task performance. Students also submit a paper based on their experiences. Additional requirements are set forth in a set of guidelines that are provided to each student upon meeting with the Internship Director.
For information, please contact:
Jona Goldschmidt, JD, PhD
Undergraduate Internship Director
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Loyola University Chicago
820 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2196
Fields for Available Placement
- Law Enforcement
- Public Defender / Private Law Offices
- Private Security
- Probation and Parole
- Victim-Witness Advocacy
Click here for Representative Participating Agencies.