Field Experience Information (CRJU 495)

Looking for general info on how the internship works?  Scroll down below the position updates and/or see the syllabus doc attached at the bottom.

 Last Updated June 1, 2015

UD Soc & CJ Alum shows why field experience matters (accessed 1/9/15)

Rysheema Dixon was inspired to continue helping others after immersing herself in the public-service sector with Public Allies Delaware, an AmeriCorps program of the University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service. The Bear resident then decided to start a community development group, RD Innovative Planning, with the goal of improving education, health care, nutrition and other areas that have long-term effects on society. It’s something she feels called to do. “Waking up to your lifetime career is the best feeling in the world,” she says. “It’s never a job. I love serving people, and it has changed how I view life, and I learn more and more about myself each day.” Next up: Formulating a program to advise businesses and public-sector agencies on building community development into their business plans. “They need to know how to work with the communities they’re striving to serve,” she says.

Apply to do Sussex County Housing interviews (see below, "CDH Intern" PDF)

Read survey materials and conduct door-to-door and telephone surveys, get invaluable experience.


Pretrial Services Hiring now (Philly).

DUTIES/ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:  Being exposed to the Federal criminal justice system

 Being exposed to a broad overview of the U.S. Pretrial Services Office

 Attending initial interviews of new arrests

 Attending court hearings daily: initial appearances, violations, arraignments, guilty pleas, trials, sentencings

Interested candidates should contact Brittney Brooks at 267-299-4490, and visit


Ocean City Summer Employment (for pay AND 495 credit)

The Ocean City, MD Police Department hires (100) Seasonal Police Officers and (40) Seasonal Public Safety Aides every summer to assist with the demands of the summer season in a busy resort town. Seasonal Employees are paid from the time that they start training and OCPD seasonal employment is eligible to be used as an internship (for those that require one). In addition, both positions offer valuable experience that employers are looking for in their applicants.

Attached below you will find additional information about the OCPD Application/ Testing/ Hiring Process.

If you have any questions, please contact us by phone: 410-723-6612 or by email:

Other interests? See Table below for updated info on internships setting up interviews now for summer and Fall.  

General Info

CRJU 495 is a practicum during which students engage in actual field experience. Special emphasis is placed on relating the field experience to academic work. Restricted to junior and senior criminal justice majors. Requires permission of instructor. Course is graded on a pass/fail basis and counts as a free elective (but does not count as a CRJU 300/400 level elective).  Download sample course syllabus below.

There are several ways we can set up an internship if you’re interested. Many of the placements can be secured directly--you can apply to an internship, then notify me, and I'll enroll you in the course.  See table below for some possibilities; see also "Ongoing Competitive Placements" (also below). Alternatively, you can find a position on your own, if you are away for the summer for example.  (I am willing to give credit for people who work as a summer officer at the beach or at the office of Public Safety, for example.) 

I can help you coordinate a position that you yourself find to make sure that it meets our requirements.

CRJU 495 Enrollment info

Remember that to enroll in CRJU 495, which meets the DLE requirement but does NOT count towards the 300/400 electives for the CJ major, you must have room to take the 4 credits. Once I approve your placement, the department will manually enroll you. 

If for winter/summer enrollment, please understand that you will be required to pay for the winter/summer term tuition (sometimes students find this surprising).


If this would put you over 17 credits, you will have to get approval from the College of Arts and Sciences.

If they do approve it, then that info needs to go to Deanna Nardi,, as well as to me, so we can manually add you to the class.

Ongoing Competitive Placements

There are several competitive
 internships that are currently seeking candidates: for these, you need to notify me of your interest and I will refer the top candidates for consideration.   

Before I would recommend you, I need this info:

•Your GPA, area of interest, and whether you have any criminal offenses or other potential "problems"

• Highlight any special skills you may have, such as fluency in a foreign language, or past work

experience, such as childcare, customer service etc; or other experience that may be relevant or

that makes you stand out (you never know what will appeal to a supervisor/mentor)

• Specify which semester you want for your placement.

• If you have plans to apply to law school , graduate school or related, let me know, as this could

impact on your placement.

• Finally, include a resume listing your contact information, educational background, and previous work experience that I can forward to potential field experience mentors.

Do you have anything that might come up during a background search?

A criminal record, bad credit, and even so-called "sealed" juvenile records can cause problems when applying for internships in the cj field.  This does NOT mean you are ineligible, but that we should talk about how best to handle this, tailored to the particular placements.  Please contact me ASAP (and don't be embarrassed--I've heard it all!).

Reminder from Baltimore PD... (for more info see )
Be a strong applicant...
College should be a fun.  However, we are seeing more applicants coming from college that are doing things to disqualify themselves from the application process.  Time can't make all issues go away and decisions students make today can affect them the rest of their professional life.
Common reasons why applicants are being disqualified are:
  • Alcohol related incidents
  • Poor credit
  • Excessive traffic violations
  • Unacceptable Drug use
  • Poor Employment History (excessive terminations)
  • Not showing up ready
  • Try to hide information

Successful applicants typically:

  • Have community Service
  • Are involved in school activities
  • Take challenging courses
  • Research organizations they apply
  • Show up prepared
  • Are honest

Showing 17 items
Placement opportunityDeadlineContact infoWebpage for more infoSkills/Experience RequiredSemester neededlocation
Placement opportunityDeadlineContact infoWebpage for more infoSkills/Experience RequiredSemester neededlocation
Delaware Office of the Child Advocate rolling send resume and cover letter to Strong writing skills, sign a Confidentiality Agreement and successfully complete a Child Protection Registry check. any Wilmington DE or Georgetown DE 
Federal Probation/Pretrial Services For SPRING 2015: November 21, 2014 For SUMMER 2015: March 20, 2015 For FALL 2015: June 19, 2015 Brittney Brooks at 267-299-4490,   Must be a U.S. Citizen or eligible to work for the U.S. Government, excellent computer, written and verbal communication skills,  Must meet the minimum time requirement of twenty (20) hours per week (for at least 10 consecutive weeks); one day per week must be a full eight (8) hour day any Philadelphia 
Delaware Juvenile Corrections: Mowlds/Grace Cottage/Ferris School rolling Ashley Bruncsak Family Service Specialist Supervisor Phone- (302)683-8449 Fax- (302)577-1122 empathy, people skills, clean background (need own transportation) any Wilmington 
Juvenile Probation rolling  Ashley Bruncsak Family Service Specialist Supervisor Phone- (302)683-8449 Fax- (302)577-1122  People skills; communication, motivation;  any HUDSON STATE SERVICE CENTER 501 Ogletown Road, Newark, DE 19711 
US DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF DELAWARE COURT OPERATIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM- SPRING 2014 (See PDF at bottom of page) running Submit letter of interest and resume to: or Clerk’s Office Court Operations Internship Program, Federal Building, Unit 18, 844 N. King Street, Wilmington, DE 19801  Following are the minimum qualifications for appointment: 1) A student in good standing at the University of Delaware, pursuing a degree in a legal field such as Criminal Justice or Paralegal Studies, who also has general knowledge of filing, telephone usage and record keeping, etc. 2) Must have a commitment to regular attendance, maintain a positive and pleasant attitude, work well in a team environment, have a high level of energy, and must deal tactfully and effectively with the bar and the public while maintaining a high quality standard of work. 3) Be willing to sign an “Acknowledgment of Gratuitous Services and Waiver for Uncompensated Employees” form. 4) Must be willing to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees any J. Caleb Boggs Federal Building located at 844 North King Street in Wilmington, Delaware 
Superior Court judge Ada Wassertain full until further notice Prof Leon  academic excellent, good research and writing skills; ability to function in formal court environment spring Wilmington 
Admin office of the Courts: court visits, aid with new community court October 30 for Fall 13 Prof Leon  outgoing any Wilmington 
NCCO APEX: Advancement through Pardons and Expungements) program, which helps individuals with criminal histories apply for pardons and expungements to help make them more employable ASAP Dominique Green at 302-333-7605 or . excellent communicators, analytical thinkers, and fast typists. A long-term involvement (at least 1 year) is preferred any In New Castle County, APEX operates at the Department of Labor – Wilmington @ 4425 North Market Street 
Downstate APEX (Advancement through Pardons and Expungements) program, which helps individuals with criminal histories apply for pardons and expungements to help make them more employable rolling Andrew Duncan at 302-233-6462 or individuals who are excellent communicators, analytical thinkers, and fast typists. any Kent and Sussex Counties: Dover, Seaford, and Georgetown Public Libraries, also at DVR in Milford @ 24 N.W. Front Street 
Vaughn Correctional Institution rolling Michael S, Little (  clean background check any Smyrna, Delaware 
Cecil County State's Attorney (prosecutor) rolling Prof Leon  unquestioned moral character, demonstrated interest in legal field (eg taken Criminal Procedure, LS minor, or other) any Elkton, MD 
Criminal Defense Lawyer Drug Charges Defense ▪ DUI ▪ Divorce and Family Law ▪ Personal Injury rolling Michael J. Onifer, III, P.A. Attorney and Counselor at Law 147 E. Main Street Elkton, MD 21921 (410) 398-3075 Fax: (410) 620-2401 Email: people skills, willingness to do clerical work any Elkton, MD 
Senator Carper's office August 31; December 31, March 31 Brad Simon, academic excellence and strong interest in public service any Wilmington, Dover, Georgetown (DE) or Washington DC 
Delaware Office of the Public Defender rolling (mid-Oct at latest) Prof Leon  people skills, ability to interview defendants; ability work on own spring Wilmington (includes travel in Wilm area) 
Ocean City Police Department (paid position) mid-spring: contact for testing dates Cpl. Vance J. Row #8240 501 Coastal Highway Ocean City, MD 21842 PHONE: (410) 520-5348 EMAIL:  clean criminal background summer Ocean City, MD 
Democracy Fellows  April 12; May 17 expenses paid; summer Boulder, CO 
Dover International Speedway  rolling  Kenneth N. Rhodes Manager - Security Operations Dover International Speedway, Inc. (A DoverMotorsports Company) 302-883-6519  not for 495; could enroll in 366 for 1-2 credits summer Dover 
Showing 17 items
Chrysanthi Leon,
Oct 14, 2014, 11:19 AM
Chrysanthi Leon,
Nov 18, 2014, 11:37 AM
Chrysanthi Leon,
Aug 27, 2013, 11:53 AM
Chrysanthi Leon,
Mar 12, 2014, 4:26 PM
Chrysanthi Leon,
Nov 25, 2014, 11:30 AM
Chrysanthi Leon,
Aug 23, 2013, 10:11 AM