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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: CJAD 399
Course Title: Criminal Justice Internship
Number of:
Credit Hours 1-3
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours 1-3
Catalog Description:

Students complete 45 hours of experiential work for each semester hour. Students typically work in a criminal justice agency, in a non-profit agency which interacts with the criminal justice system, in an attorney's office, or in other similar positions promoting an understanding of Criminal Justice. The directing faculty member must approve the internship placement. Grades are assigned as S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory).   Prerequisites: CJAD 101, jumior standiong, minimum 2.5 GPA at time of registration of internship.  Students may register for no more than 12 criminal justice internships credits (399 and 499 combined) during their time at Columbia College.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

CJAD 101. Junior standing (52 credit hours). Min. 2.5 GPA at time of registration of internship. Students may register for no more than 12 political science internshpi credits (399 and 499 combined) during their time at Columbia College.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

Fall and Spring.

Course Objectives
  • To promote personal skills and work values.
  • To explore career options in areas related to political science.
  • To promote civic and social responsibility.
  • To promote learning through practical experience.
  • To increase personal understanding of the criminal justice system as an enhancement to classroom understanding.
Measurable Learning
  • Demonstrate relationship of internship activity to criminal justice coursework.
  • Demonstrate increased personal understanding of the criminal justice system as a consequence of internship activities.
Topical Outline:
  • Locate criminal justice internship with help of appropriate faculty and career services coordinator
  • Complete internship contract with guidance from faculty member and career services internship coordinator
  • Complete internship orientation prior to beginngin of internship
  • Complete 45 clock hours of internship work for each hour of academic credit (135 hours for three credit hours)
  • Complete all work as agreed upon in the internship contract
  • Periodically reporting to supervising faculty member
  • Submit a final report on the intenrship to include a weekly journal of internship activities, a reflection on the internship provider and its role in the criminal justice system (wom the provider serves, how it achieves its goals, its role in society, etc.) and a personal evaluation of the internship experience.

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 1

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Barry Langford Date: March 8, 2012
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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