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Out of the Classroom and Into the Field


Graduates often tell us the criminal justice internship was the best part of their UW-Madison experience. They describe the internship as life-changing, amazing, and valuable in helping them find a job or discovering what they want to do after graduation.

Our 2014 participants were no different. Read about some of their experiences from internships with the Wisconsin Department of Justice - Criminal Litigation Unit, Mendota Mental Health Institute, Madison Police Department, Wisconsin Innocence Project, Wisconsin Department of Corrections - Division of Community Corrections, Wisconsin State Public Defender - Jail Intake, and Lilada’s Livingroom.

Alumni: We want to hear from you about your internship experience. Share what your internship meant to you, your sense of connection to the community, possibilities, and professional growth at a crucial time! Your experience - whether it was a few years ago or many years back - might help current students as they launch their careers after graduation.

Thank you to our partnering agencies

The Criminal Justice Certificate Program (CJCP) has always valued community connections and hands-on learning. CJCP students have spent more than 600,000 hours learning from, giving to, and connecting with the community. For more than 30 years, students in the CJCP have been living some of the core tenets of the College of Letters & Science’s Career Initiative! The program could not provide these opportunities without all the support and guidance provided by our partnering agencies and organizations!. Over the last few years, CJCP has collaborated with more than 100 agencies to provide internship experiences like no other. To all those agencies, we are grateful!

Internship expansion

Last fall, the Criminal Justice Certificate Program was finally able to offer academic year internships. Previously, students with family or military responsibilities and those most financially disadvantaged had often dropped the certificate because they were not able to afford the cost of summer tuition or integrate the 300-hour commitment into their other obligations. No more! CJCP is now able to assist those students in exploring their interests by supporting 10-20-hour-a-week placements in the Madison area.

The program has also expanded support of internships outside of Wisconsin. This past summer, students in Minnesota, Illinois, New York, and Washington, D.C., were able to join seminar discussions via Skype.