Undergraduate Internship Program

The University at Albany criminal justice major is a program that develops qualitative and quantitative research skills, and provides students with a foundation in relevant legal and social science knowledge. In order to enrich and compliment the theory-based program, we have expanded the undergraduate curriculum to include an internship experience.

Internships are intended to give advanced students an opportunity to learn how to effectively apply their university studies to work in relevant professional settings. Internships thus differ from independent study projects in that the major component of an internship involves the student actively taking part in the work of an off-campus agency or organization.

One of the strengths of the Criminal Justice internship program is the dedication to combining an academic component with the field placement. It is this partnership that will best serve the student and assist them in making the most of their internship opportunity.

You must be a Senior-level Criminal Justice major with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

The internship should represent a bridge between the student's academic work and the student's professional growth. The particular internship should be seen as a coherent part of the student's academic program, not an isolated episode.

The student and the host agency or organization must arrange for specific responsibilities or projects to which the student will be assigned as an intern. These responsibilities must draw in some way on knowledge and skills the student acquired in university studies. This requirement is designed to protect the student from being assigned to just menial tasks from which little learning can result, and to ensure that the academic purpose of internships, as stated above, is achieved.

The student's on-site work must be supervised and evaluated by a knowledgeable professional. It is not productive for an intern to be in a situation where nobody in the host agency or organization is sufficiently knowledgeable to evaluate the student's performance and provide constructive feedback. This supervisor will be required to make a formal evaluation of the student's performance, in writing, be delivered to the faculty sponsor.

Because an internship is a learning experience in which certain knowledge and skills come to be applied in practical situations, the student is expected to demonstrate that he or she has reflected upon and learned those applications. Such learning can usually be fostered by readings in journals and books about the methods or goals of the host agency or organization, or can be demonstrated by written work, based on the readings on the student's experiences, aimed at analyzing specific projects in which the student engaged and/or organization and operations of the host agency or organization.

In order to fully address the academic component and create an experience in which the student is able to connect the academic with the internship, we have developed a co-requisite system. CRJ493 is being offered as a co-requisite with CRJ494 so that the student remains connected with the University setting and meets with faculty and other students on internships. The purpose of this class is to allow the student to examine the internship experience and their role in the agency. Students will be expected to keep a journal and be prepared to discuss their experience at the weekly meetings. Additional specific readings and written assignments in the academic component are to be determined by the instructor for CRJ493.

According to section 207 of the New York State Education Law (4/20/80), 45 hours of instruction and/or supplementary work are required for each academic credit awarded. Hence, a 3 credit internship must involve a total of at least 135 hours of on-site and academic work.

For the Criminal Justice internship program, there will be a combination of on-site and in-class participation. Students will receive 3 credits for their on-site activity and 3 credits for the classroom experience. Students MUST register for BOTH sections in order to receive any internship credits.

Students will receive a grade of S/U for the internship 494 and A/E grading for 493 – the seminar. Students must successfully complete BOTH sections in order to receive credit for EITHER.

Each internship will be held during one academic semester – internships will ONLY be offered during the Fall and Spring terms.

Download the internship application materials.


The NYS Department of Civil Service hosts the New New York Leaders Student Internship Portal. Interested students can search for and apply to preferred internships throughout New York State. Visit the portal at https://nysinternships.cs.ny.gov/nnyl/ for more information.