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 April 10, 2017

Interested on Politics?  Want to intern in New Zealand? 

The New Zealand Labour Party has recently launched a fellowship program for international students. Our election is on September 23rd this year. Fellows will not be compensated financially, but it should prove an interesting experience and it will be a boon for their CVs. Fellows will be expected to stay for a minimum of six weeks, at any time between mid-May and election day itself. Fellows may stay for longer should they wish. We can provide housing free-of-charge for fellows, in addition to basic groceries. We will also pay for all fellowship-related travel.


Fellows will also receive lectures from:


1) NZLP Leader and Deputy Leader

2) Former NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark

3) Current ambassadors to NZ

4) Senior NZLP stakeholders and party staff, including the President and the Chief of Staff

5) Teleconferences with senior Democratic Party and UK Labour Party staff (my colleague and I previously worked for these organisations)

To apply, please send your resume & cover letter to

For more info see PDF below 

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, 495 is not offered, so you would have to request enrollment in an independent study, and would pay the additional winter/summer tuition.  If you need DLE credit but you enroll in an independent study, you must fill out the Independent Study and DLE Agreement (online webform), WHILE you are enrolled.


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

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US DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF DELAWARE COURT OPERATIONS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM- SPRING 2014 (See PDF at bottom of page) rolling 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 
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 
Admin office of the Courts: court visits, aid with new community court varies by semester Prof Leon  outgoing any Wilmington 
Federal Probation/Pretrial Services varies by semester 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 
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 
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 
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