Criminal Justice majors are required to have a practicum 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 or Dr. Bartgis.
Practicum/internship may be used as follows: from 1 up to 4 credit hours of pass/fail coursework. Only three credit hours of practicum/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 practicum. All students are required to take an exam halfway through the semester of the practicum, which is substituted for 5 of the hours.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 practicum 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 practicum positions since personnel changes may make this list inaccurate. The phone number and location should stay the same.
Student Practicum/Internship - Contact Letter (Sample)
TO: THE STUDENT
Criminal or Juvenile Justice Agency's practicum or internship
DO NOT TURN IN ANY WRITTEN MATERIALS TO THE SECRETARY. TURN IN THIS INFORMATION TO DR. CLEARY OR DR. BARTGIS PERSONALLY UNLESS GRANTED PERMISSION OTHERWISE.
* Fully read before seeking advisement on a practicum or internship