Criminal Justice Field Study/Internship Agency Listing

Criminal Justice majors are required to have a field study/internship experience to complete their education. Students are not allowed to enroll in CJ4900 or CJ4950 until they have secured a site and have received approval from Dr. Cleary, Director of Field Study and/or Internships.

Field Study/Internship may be used as follows: from 1 up to 4 credit hours of pass/fail coursework. Only three credit hours of field study/internship are required. Students may fulfill all three hours at one site or divide the credit hours between two placements. The three (3) hours are the equivalent to 120 hours of site work which translates as 40 hours per each hour of field study/internship.

IMPORTANT POINTS:

  • Students should be of senior status.

  • Preparation should be started four or more months ahead of desired placement time, due to background checks, application processing, etc. involved.

  • Each student is responsible for securing his/her own placement. After securing placement, contact Dr. Shawna Cleary, COM 115F. Phone: (405) 974-5841. E-mail: scleary@uco.edu

  • Remember that a professional presentation, both in dress and conduct, is required. Not only are you attempting to further your education and career, but also you are a representative of this university. Present a well-dressed appearance.

  • It is suggested that you begin to secure a field study/internship by writing a letter, such as the sample located in the link below.

  • Prior to the letter, call the desired site and ask for the name and address of the person responsible for student field study/internship positions since personnel changes may make this list inaccurate. The phone number and location should stay the same.

  • Student Field Study/Internship - Contact Letter (Sample)

TO: THE STUDENT


* Fully read before seeking advisement on a field study or internship

  1. You must be a Junior or Senior to enroll in the criminal justice undergraduate field study (required) or undergraduate internship (optional). Graduate field study or internships are optional and available only to graduate students. (See attached page for distinction between an undergraduate and graduate field study and internships. You must obtain the CJ advisor's permission before enrolling in a field study or internship.
  2. You are responsible for securing a criminal or juvenile justice field study or internship placement. If you need information regarding prospective field study agencies, see your CJ advisor. A list of agencies that have accepted students in the past is available on the shelf outside the department. Do not remove. You must obtain the site's approval BEFORE requesting permission to enroll. If your placement acceptance is revoked or not fully accepted for whatever reason, you must find another placement or withdraw from the course.
  3. You do not have to complete all three credit hours in one semester, not do you have to complete all credit hours at the same agency.
  4. Do not enroll in more field study /internship credit hours than you can complete in the semester. If you request an "I" for the semester, your grade will be lowered one full grade for not completing the contracted hours during that semester in which you are enrolled, unless there is a compelling reason for your not being able to complete the hours as scheduled.
  5. If you have any questions, you may schedule an appointment with the SCJ advisor by calling at (405) 974-5501 or by e-mailing Dr. Cleary at scleary@uco.edu respectively.