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  • Start looking for an agency early. Usually agencies will only accept one intern a semester and you may be competing against not only students from BSU, but from other universities within the state.
  • Don’t be shy about asking your potential agency questions such as what you will be allowed to do and what their expectations are, schedules, equipment, etc.
  • Be professional! This is the start of your entry into the profession and you want to make a good impression.
  • Address small concerns early as opposed to waiting for them to grow past your control.
  • Utilize the internship coordinator! Feel free to ask questions and seek input when choosing an internship agency.

Criminal Justice Internship: CRJS 4970

The BS in Criminal Justice includes the option for a 300-hour or 400-hour internship. This internship is a full-time supervised field instruction in a public or private criminal justice agency.

The student is expected to demonstrate his/her acquired knowledge and skill to the criminal justice practice. Students should arrange for this internship at least one semester in advance of the semester of enrollment. The internship is nine (9) or twelve (12) credits.

The internship is graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. The prerequisites are the completion of major required courses along with a major GPA of 2.25; overall GPA of 2.00 and consent of the internship coordinator.

internAnimationGenerally most students complete their internship the summer between their junior and senior years.

If you have any additional questions please contact the internship coordinator or department chair.

Internship Scholarship Opportunity

The Penny Fellowship is a scholarship program for Minnesota State College and University (MnSCU) students participating in low or unpaid community and public service internships.

The Penny Fellowship awards semester stipends of up to $1,500 for internships in Minnesota and $2,500 for internships in Washington D.C. to MnSCU students participating in service-related internships that offer little or no pay to offset the cost of living.

For more information, contact:
Carolyn Sharratt
Associate Director of Programs and Alumni Outreach

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