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UW-Madison Criminal Justice Certificate and Legal Studies Internship Process

An integral part of the CJCP curriculum is a field internship anchored by an academic course.

CJCP and Legal Studies Internship Handbook

For students completing the Spring 2018 CJCP Internship (LS/Soc 694/SW663 Field Observation in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies)

Spring Internship Placement Timeline

Spring Agency Listing

Link to Letters and Sciences Career Services (for help with resumes, cover letters, interviews)

Student/Agency Agreement Form

Supervising Agency Handbook

Spring semester Legal Studies/Sociology 694 is limited to students enrolled as second semester juniors or seniors. Students should have completed Group 1 by the beginning of semester in which a student wishes to enroll in the internship course. In addition, CJCP students must have completed or in progress, Groups 2, 3, & 5.

For students completing the Summer 2018 CJCP Internship (LS/Soc 694/SW663 Field Observation in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies)

Summer Internship Placement Timeline

Summer Agency Listing

Summer Application Link

Link to Letters and Sciences Career Services (for help with resumes, cover letters, interviews)

Summer Student/Agency Agreement Form

Summer Student/Agency Agreement Form - pdf fill-able

Supervising Agency Handbook

Eligibility for summer Legal Studies/Sociology 694 & Social Work 663 includes completion of 86 credits and Groups 1, 2, 3, & 5, by the beginning of summer for CJCP students.

Special Notes:

Begin internships: May 14 to June 4. The 300 hour requirement should be met by August 10.

Summer Course: You will attend two full day seminars from 9am to 4pm. You will be assigned to either the Wednesday group or the Thursday group.

Wednesday seminars will be June 27 and July 25.

Thursday seminars will be June 28 and July 26.

For students completing the Fall 2018 CJCP Internship (LS/Soc 694/SW663 Field Observation in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies)

Fall Internship Placement Timeline

Fall Agency Listing - will be available in February

Fall Application Link - will be available in February

Link to Letters and Sciences Career Services (for help with resumes, cover letters, interviews)

Student/Agency Agreement Form

 

Options for Criminal Justice Internships through other UW Departments

Political Science 427 Legislative Internship

This internship offers practical experience in a legislative office and an opportunity to participate in public policy making. In addition to 8-10 hours per week of legislative work, students attend regular class sessions and engage in traditional course work. Eligibility for Political Science 427 includes a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least one course in Political Science in the field of American Political Institutions. Recommended courses include; Political Science 405 State Government and Public Policy, 420 Administrative Law, 424 American Parties and Politics, 444 Administration of Public Policy, and 445 Politics of Poverty and Social Welfare.

Political science students apply for Political Science 427 through the political science undergraduate advisors. CJCP advisors are able to refer two non-political science majors per semester. Referral is on a first come first serve basis. Students are expected to secure placement on their own. In order to obtain credit for the CJCP, students must submit a short descriptive email to the CJCP advisors indicating with whom they were placed and the content of the criminal justice related experience. Political Science 427 is offered during the Fall and Spring semesters.

Social Work 400/401 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar

This two semester course requires a minimum of 16 hours per week in the field and includes a weekly seminar. Students enrolled in Social Work 400 & 401 to satisfy CJCP requirements are often, but not always, placed in the Criminal Justice Field Unit. One must be a Social Work major and have Senior standing in order to be eligible for this internship. Examples of past placements include, Office of the State Public Defender- Client Services, Division of Community Corrections, Dane County Juvenile Reception Center, Oakhill Prison, Mendota Mental Health Institute, and a variety of treatment services.

Once granted admission to the Social Work major students will work with Field Instructors, within the School of Social Work, to obtain an appropriate placement.

Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education 630

This internship is offered through the School of Education within the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education for students within the School of Education. The course provides an experience in a rehabilitation-oriented agency or program under the supervision of a rehabilitation professional. It is designed to give students an introduction to professional practice in rehabilitation and to develop skills through supervised clinical activities. Integrative seminars are typically held on campus once a week. The total number of hours in placement determine the number of credits awarded. Criminal justice students must enroll for at least 3 credits and secure placement in a programs providing rehabilitation, education, or vocational services to a criminal or delinquent population. Examples of past placements include, Dane County Juvenile Shelter, Juvenile Detention, Oakhill Prison, and the Department of Community Corrections.

Students work with faculty and staff within Rehab Psych & Special Education in order to secure a placement. In order to obtain credit for the CJCP, students must submit a short descriptive email to the CJCP advisors indicating where they were placed and the content of the criminal justice related experience.

Please note: credits earned from this course do not count for Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) credits in the College of Letters & Science.

Human Development and Family Studies 601 Internship

This internship experience provides juniors and seniors in the School of Human Ecology an opportunity to explore areas of interest in a deeper context via internship. Through partnership with local agencies, students gain skills and experience while contributing to the community. Examples of past placements include Dane County Juvenile Court programs, Neighborhood Intervention Program, Dane County Focus Program, Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, and Court Appointed Special Advocates. HDFS 601 is a variable credit course, offered Fall, Spring, & Summer semesters. CJCP students must enroll for at least three credits.

Interested students work with HDFS advisors and staff in securing an appropriate internship. In order to obtain credit for the CJCP, students must submit a short descriptive email to the CJCP advisors indicating where they were placed and the content of the criminal justice related experience.

Gender & Women's Studies 660: Internship in Gender & Women's Studies

Each spring GWS offers a 6-credit internship course available to GWS students through an application and interview process. Gen&WS 660: Internship in Gender and Women's Studies is designed to provide students with opportunities for learning and working in organizations in ways that connect their coursework in gender and women's studies to specific issues in community settings. The program provides a venue for students to put theory into practice, to participate in community-based organizations, to engage in a service-learning course and to think critically and reflect on participating as feminists in activism.  Open to Gender & Women's Studies Major and Certificate students only.

To obtain an internship, students are required to participate in a GWS departmental internship fair where they are matched with an internship. In order to obtain credit for the CJCP, students must submit a short descriptive email to the CJCP advisors indicating where they were placed and the content of the criminal justice related experience.

Psychology 412: Field Experience in Psychology

The course is a rare offering. If you wish to consider this option, please contact the advisors in the Department of Psychology to find out if this is an option. Students work with the course instructor to secure a placement.

This course provides an opportunity for students to gain practical experience in the application of psychology in an organization serving social, mental health, educational, biological psychology, developmental, or industrial/organizational interests. Course offering is irregular and enrollment is limited. Prerequisites include declaration as a psychology major, consent of instructor, and course work appropriate to individual settings.

In order to obtain credit for the CJCP, students must submit a short descriptive email to the CJCP advisors indicating where they were placed and the content of the criminal justice related experience.