Please make note of the following requirements before applying for a Criminal Justice internship.
- You MUST meet with your criminal justice adviser before pursuing an internship.
- If you are intending to take an internship, you must have completed at least 90 credits and have a 3.0 GPA in the major.
While an internship is not required for graduation it can prove to be a very valuable real-world experience. You are strongly encouraged to discuss potential internships with your criminal justice adviser. This discussion should happen well in advance before the semester in which you wish to register for the internship.
Since our internships are limited, we reserve the right to select which students will be able to participle in an internship. Internships are a privilege, not a right. Students who have demonstrated maturity, professionalism and discretion, along with an excellent academic standing, may earn an internship opportunity. If earned, your adviser will work with you to find an internship that will be a good fit for both your personal interests and goals, and the needs of the agency.
Many criminal justice agencies, who offer internships to our students, are going out of their way by doing so. It is because of this that your adviser will make a concerted effort to make sure that both you and the placement agency will benefit from the internship experience. Your adviser will encourage your internship supervisor to put your academic skills and experiences into practice through research, analysis, prison programming, etc.
Our internships carry an academic credit requirement. To successfully complete this portion, you must integrate your field experience with your academic studies. Typically this is done through periodic meetings with your adviser during your internship and the submission of a related paper or portfolio upon completion.
Inviting Convicts to College Program
A Teaching Service Internship in Local Prisons
The Inviting Convicts to College Program (ICCP) is a unique teaching internship that is offered by the Department of Criminal Justice. As an ICCP intern, the student is expected to teach a non-credit college course on-site at an area prison (Taycheedah or Oshkosh Correctional Institution). The courses taught are designed to prepare the inmates for enrollment and the expectations of students at UW Oshkosh (and/or other universities, colleges or tech schools).
The course taught will focus on two main components. The first component will cover a substantive topic, such as an introduction to sociology, criminology, theoretical criminology, psychology, convict criminology, etc. The topics covered in the course will vary depending on the intern’s interests and abilities. The second component will focus on how to enroll at UWO (and/or other universities, colleges or tech schools), register for classes, apply for financial aid, adjusting to college life after prison, etc. During the course the inmate students are expected to attend class, take and pass exams, write papers and participate in class discussions.
ICCP Teaching Description
Criminal Justice Interns who teach in the ICCP are required to:
- Teach the ICCP over the course of a 14-week period; the ICCP meets once a week on-site at a local prison; the class period (depending on the prison’s policies and/or procedures) will last anywhere from one to two hours.
- Meet at least once a week with a CJ faculty member who is supervising the internship.
- Develop a teaching portfolio that includes: syllabi, collection of lectures, discussion topics, exams, assignments, etc.
Depending on your availability, you might be asked to discuss the program and/or your teaching experience at a regional and/or national conference.
Sometimes depending on the demand for certain course topics, you may co-teach the course with another criminal justice intern.
How will the ICCP internship benefit me?
You can receive up to eight credits in the ICCP; four credits can be earned for teaching one course during one semester. Depending on your performance and course demand, you may be able to teach an additional section of the ICCP for another four credits (eight credits total).
You will gain valuable teaching experience that can make your application to graduate school more attractive. Most students applying for graduate school will also apply for a teaching assistantship, and participation in the ICCP will help prepare you for these graduate assistantships.
Your participation in the ICCP might lead to regional/national conference presentations, which could make your graduate school application more attractive.
If you are not interested in graduate school, the experience gained will give you on-site experience in the prison environment, which would look nice on your resume.
Prerequisites for ICCP Interns
The following are requirements of the ICCP internship:
- Approval from CJ Internship Coordinator
- A GPA of 3.0 in CJ major or minor
- A minimum of 90 college credits earned
- Completion of CJ 353 Convict Criminology
Previous experience related to working at a prison and/or teaching, while not required is helpful.