Legal Studies

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Internship Information for Students

CJ 490, the internship course is offered during the fall, spring and full summer semesters. While enrolled in this course students can earn 3 – 6 college credit hours, and gain work experience while  network with professionals in their field.

All Criminal Justice majors must complete an approved internship during his/her junior or senior year at an approved agency. The primary purpose of the internship is to enhance the students’s academic experience through a planned and supervised program of observation, study, and work in a selected criminal justice agency or related agencies.

The student is responsible for seeking out and securing an internship position with a criminal justice or closely related agency or organization. The procedure for making an arrangement with an agency or organization and the requirements to be met should be obtained from the Criminal Justice Internship Professor. Internship positions may be developed both within the State of Mississippi and out-of-state.

No student will be allowed to enroll for internship credit for working with his/her current or in position(s) which he/she already holds or work for a relative or family member.

Looking for an Internship

We recommend that you connect with the Career Center  and sign up on Handshake to receive information about jobs and internships that come available throughout the year. You may also apply to the sites that have already been approved by the department for Criminal Justice internships in the past. Click here for a list of recent sites.

The Process

  1. Meet with the Criminal Justice Academic Advisor and the Criminal Justice Internship Professor to discuss the internship program and eligibility.
  2. Read the CJ 490 INTERNSHIP HANDBOOK carefully. Keep it for reference.
  3. Complete the Internship Application packet and return the completed packet no later than two (2) weeks in advance of the internship semester. Do not submit the application more than one semester/term before the internship. Online applications are preferred.
  4. Deadlines are:
    • Summer intern: Two weeks prior to the beginning of full summer school.
    • Fall intern: Two weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
    • Spring intern: Two weeks prior to the beginning of the spring semester.
  5. Provide the Criminal Justice Internship Professor with the proposed internship agency name, field supervisor name, internship position duties and responsibilities and work schedule agreed to immediately upon acceptance by the agency. Student must have a confirmed internship assignment in an agency by no later than two (2) weeks prior to the first day of classes.
  6. The Criminal Justice Internship Professor will then review the requested internship.
  7. Internship agency requests that seem to have little or no relationship to the criminal justice system or that appear to offer a weak internship field experience will not be approved. The Criminal Justice Internship Professor will make the decision of whether or not to approve a requested internship location no later than the start of the semester of the internship.
  8. Each student must attend meetings set by the Criminal Justice Internship Professor. The dates, times, and locations of these meetings will be provided by the Criminal Justice Internship Professor once the student has been approved and has registered for the internship course, CJ 490.

ALL forms must be completed and submitted before you are enrolled in the class; you will be enrolled administratively; you cannot enroll yourself. Please be advised that by submitting this completed packet, you are giving permission to be registered for CJ 490. If you do not wish to be enrolled, you must make a written request to the Department Chair to have this application packet removed and officially drop CJ 490 from your schedule.

SUMMER 2019 Internship Professor:
Anne M. Klingen, J.D.
Adjunct Instructor, Department of Legal Studies
Phone: 662 915-7902


1) Please read the CJ 490 Internship Handbook: INTERNSHIP HANDBOOK May 2018

2) Determine your proposed internship site and reach out to them.  If they are willing to work with you, complete the CJ 490 Internship Learning Agreement. Please note this document requires the signatures of both you and your supervisor.

3) Complete the Application and Proposed Site Documentation

– Attach the completed Internship Learning Agreement (Files type must be Document, Adobe Acrobat or Image).