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 July 12, 2016: Three new opportunities

Also See Table below for updated info on additional ongoing internship opportunities.  

1) Dixon for City Council At-Large internship--available NOW and/or through Fall

Summer/Fall (2016)

Education: Bachelor’s Degree candidate or Master’s Degree candidate in Sociology, Public

Policy, Political Science, Criminal Justice or related fields.

Other qualifications desired: Interest in the political arena and helping underserved

communities; superb written and oral skills, ability to work independently, highly-organized and


Information about Dixon for Wilmington City Council At-Large: Rysheema Dixon is

seeking elected office for Wilmington City Council At-Large. We are running a grassroots

“Strong from the Ground Up” campaign. Our website is, you can find

us on Twitter: @rysheemadixon, and Facebook: Dixon for City Council At-Large as well.

We are looking for interns who would be interested in participating with us along the campaign

trail from July to November 2016.

Project Description:

The project workload will be five to ten hours per week.

Intern responsibilities:

• Campaign Field Work
• Administrative Support
• Data Entry
• Marketing/Communications

Interns should have reliable transportation, a positive attitude and willingness to learn.

This position is currently unpaid.

Project Supervisor: Rysheema Dixon

Please submit a resume and cover letter to:

Rysheema Dixon, Candidate, or 302-516-7394

*****Contact if position is secured.

2)  the South Wilmington Planning Network internship--available NOW and/or through Fall

Summer/Fall 2016
 Qualifications desired: Interest in urban community planning. Proficient with Microsoft applications (e.g. Work, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), superb written and oral skills, ability to work independently, highly-organized, and confident.

Information about the South Wilmington Planning Network (SWPN): We represent dozens of public and private agencies who work with residents to improve quality of life in the underserved Southbridge neighborhood in Wilmington, Delaware through collaborative planning partnerships. Our work is centered within three core areas: (1.) Environmental, Workforce and Economic Development, (2.) Youth Development and Programs, and (3.) Healthcare and Preventative Services. SWPN meetings are held on the third Wednesday afternoon of each month at the Neighborhood House in Wilmington. 

We are in need of an intern to help coordinate our work! The project workload will be about five to ten hours per week.

The intern will be required to:

 Support SWPN projects. Key projects this year include: farmer’s market, transportation improvements, flood reduction and sea level rise awareness support.

 Facilitate coordination between SWPN affiliates.

 Represent the SWPN at meetings.

 Assist with public outreach efforts.

Indicate if internship is paid or unpaid: This position is currently unpaid. However, we encourage

students to seek course credit.

Project Supervisor: Rysheema Dixon, Network Chair, Henrietta Johnson Medical Center

Please submit a resume and cover letter to:

Bill Swiatek, Network Vice-Chair

Senior Planner

Wilmington Area Planning Council

302- 737-6205 x113 or

*****Contact if position is secured.

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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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 
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 
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 
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 
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