Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Internship Information for Students

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CJ 490, the Criminal Justice 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.

Criminal Justice majors may complete an approved internship during their junior or senior year at an approved agency. It is recommended that the internship be completed during the junior year. The primary purpose of the internship is to enhance the students 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 are outlined in the Internship Handbook and the CJ 490 Information Sheet and Internship Learning Agreement. Students may look for internship positions throughout the United States and abroad.

No student will be allowed to enroll for internship credit at their current place of employment, in position(s) which s/he 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.

Review a list of In Person Internship Sites (Revised 11/18/2019)  that were approved in previous semesters. This is not a comprehensive list of internship sites and is subject to change.

Review a list of In Person Internship Sites that indicated they were accepting interns for Spring and Summer 2022.


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

Ideally, students should plan to complete their internships in their Junior year.
Students should apply to Federal agencies at least one year before they plan to enroll in CJ 490.
Students should apply to state and local agencies at least 4 months prior; earlier is better for the Oxford area as it is highly competitive.

2) Student decides what type of internship sites matches her emphasis area and future plans, and when she would like to enroll in the CJ 490 course.

3) Student begins to reach out to internship sites that interest her.

4) Student should approach the internship site search with the same care as if she was applying for a job. Stay professional and take notes about the process. Many sites will need follow-up or request additional details from the student/applicant.

5) Once an internship site has agreed to sponsor a student for an internship, she needs to work with the site to complete CJ 490 Information Sheet and Internship Learning Agreement

6) Student must request to be enrolled in CJ 490 using the online application. Click on link to be directed to the appropriate form.

Apply for enrollment in CJ 490 while interning at an in-person or virtual internship (Click here for application)

  7 )  Applications received after the deadline dates will be automatically rejected.

Deadlines are:

  • Spring 2022 intern: Two weeks prior to the beginning of the spring semester. January 4, 2022
    New deadline date – Jan. 12, 2022
  • Summer 2022 intern: Two weeks prior to the beginning of full summer school. May 17, 2022
  • Fall 2022 intern: Two weeks prior to the beginning of the fall semester. August 8, 2022

7) CJ 490 Internship Coordinator will review the application & respond via email (1) requesting additional information about the site or (2) approving student’s request to enroll in the Internship course. If you do not receive an email within 7 days, follow up.

8) The CJ department will enroll students in the course once the enrollment period opens. Students cannot enroll themselves into the course.

         Check your course schedule to verify you were added to the course.

9) Once the semester begins, student will complete assignments in their online class & will complete hours at their internship site.

If you have questions or need more information about the process, please contact the Internship Coordinator: