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Internship Procedures

Course: CJS 495, Internship in Criminal Justice I and CJS 496, Internship in Criminal Justice II

1. Eligibility

Candidates for the baccalaureate degree with a major or minor in Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Dayton are eligible to participate in the Criminal Justice Studies Internship Program. Eligible candidates must have successfully completed at least 30 semester hours of study (of which 15 semester hours were taken at the University of Dayton, and of which 6 upper-divisional semester hours were taken in Criminal Justice Studies). The eligible candidate must have maintained at least a 2.50 total cumulative average while attending the University of Dayton. Students who have had previous full-time employment experience in the Criminal Justice System, or are presently in-service personnel are NOT eligible!

2. Type of Internship Arrangement Recognized

a. The student is assigned for a specified period in a position identified as an internship in a public or private agency directly or indirectly related to the criminal justice process. The placement is made by the Internship Program Coordinator in collaboration with the agency, the student, and at times, members of the University of Dayton's interdisciplinary Criminal Justice Studies faculty. Students are permitted to make initial inquiries about internship opportunities, but cannot commit the University. Although there is no formal contract between the University and the agency, arrangements are made by informal discussions and confirmed by written agreement. The internship normally occurs during the junior or senior year of study, although earlier placement may be made if circumstances justify such action. The internship is not to be viewed as a means of financing studies. There can be NO exchange of monies whatsoever.

b. Regular positions are not counted as internships and receive no university credit. Furthermore, for the University of Dayton to accept any of the arrangements described above, the plan and agreement must be structured and agreed upon by all parties in the beginning. Agreements are NOT recognized retroactively.

3. Academic Credit

Students may register for CJS 495, Internship in Criminal Justice I, and/or CJS 496, Internship In Criminal Justice II. The student may receive up to three (3) semester credits respectively under the University’s Option #2 grading policy of credit/no credit.

One credit hour is based on fifty (50) clock hours per term with the agency. Students who wish to receive two (2) or three (3) credits must complete 100 clock hours or 150 clock hours with the agency during the assigned term. (Term is defined as the period of time between the first and last day of a given semester or summer session.)

Students must sign two copies of the AGREEMENT OF WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY once the interning agency has accepted the student as an intern and the CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES INTERNSHIP AGREEMENT has been completed. The doctrine is sent to the interning agency. A copy is retained by the Criminal Justice Studies Program.

4. Responsibilities

The internship involves a three-way understanding and mutual obligations. The agency undertakes to provide the individual with an educational experience to better qualify him/her for criminal justice related employment. Productivity is not a primary element. The student is expected to derive maximum value from the opportunity to observe work rules, to cooperate with the agency personnel, and to meet reporting requirements. The University is obligated to give credit if the student completed the internship successfully; it is also concerned with the general nature of the assignments to assure that the proper type of experience is being attained. Occasional visits may be made by a Internship Program Coordinator to observe the internship experience.

5. Evaluation

The internship is evaluated by the agency supervisor just prior to the end of the internship. Monthly reports are left to the discretion of the interning agency. Conferences among the University representative, the agency supervisor, and the student form a basis for judgment whenever discrepancies emerge.

6. Reporting

a. The intern must arrange his/her work schedule with the assigned supervisor in the cooperating agency.

b. The intern may suggest ways that his/her internship experience could be made more beneficial.

7. Problem Situations

The internship is predicated upon the student serving a minimum period of time to complete the requirement. In this respect, it is like any other University course in which credit is given only if all requirements are satisfied. If the cooperating agency has committed itself in writing to accepting a particular student before the semester starts, and the student decides to drop CJS 495, Internship in Criminal Justice I, or CJS 496, Internship in Criminal Justice II, the student must make a formal written appeal (both the cooperating agency and the Criminal Justice Studies Program being notified).
There may be other circumstances in which all participants agree that the internship should be discontinued. Such action is not to be unilateral. Before final action is taken, the situation is carefully reviewed to see what adjustments can be made.

a. If the difficulties stem from the placement, the University will assign the student to another internship.

b. If unsatisfactory student performance is the basis for discontinuation, the University has no obligation to place the intern elsewhere.

c. If the student drops out of the internship for personal reasons, no credit will be given for the portion of the internship that was served, unless the factors are beyond the control of the student. For example, leaving the area or taking a regular job would be personal decisions of the student; illness or an accident would suggest extenuating circumstances that might justify some credit.

d. Under either b. or c. above, a request for withdrawal or for credit will be considered on the facts and merits of the case.