When should I apply for internships?
Most students complete CRIM 492 during the summer between their junior and senior year. You must have completed 24 hours of CRIM classes and have a GPA of 2.5 in Criminal Justice in order to take CRIM 492.
Internship deadlines vary widely. Most are due at the end of the fall semester or beginning of the spring semester. If you plan to complete an internship over the summer, you should begin identifying potential internship options no later than Fall Break. Make a list of the internships for which you wish to apply, and their deadlines. If you've applied and haven't heard, be sure to follow up. Lots of people get jobs and internships just because they communicate to the employer that they're the person who is most interested.
Why do I need an internship?
Internships are an important part of the criminal justice program. The purpose of internships within the Criminal Justice major is to provide students with a realistic exposure to the professional environment, while also providing practical, on-the-job experience in a particular field of study. Past students have completed internships in local law enforcement agencies, adult probation and parole, court services, law offices, fraud divisions and federal agencies. Some students are offered permanent positions upon graduation at their internship site. Additionally, students can learn whether a particular line of work is suitable for them.
Students planning to complete SOCL, ANTH or CRIM 492 should read and complete the Internship Manual (pdf).
Our department also offers a unique opportunity for students interested in law enforcement. Longwood students may spend one semester with the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy to gain valuable criminal justice experience as well as certification to become a law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
An internship or field experience is required for Criminal Justice majors. In the past, students have interned in a variety of settings.