Internships

CRJ 4933 Course Description:

Senior class standing and consent of academic advisor and Internship Coordinator. Additional prerequisites may apply to particular internship sites; consult the Department's Internship Coordinator for information.

Supervised experience in an administrative setting that provides the opportunity to integrate theory and practice in criminal justice-related agencies. May be repeated for credit in a subsequent semester when agency setting varies, but no more than 6 semester credit hours will apply to a bachelor's degree.

Student Eligibility

The undergraduate internship program (CRJ 4933) is available to students who have taken the required prerequisites:

  • CRJ 1113 – American Criminal Justice System
  • CRJ 2153 – Criminological Theory
  • CRJ 3013 – Research Design and Analysis in Criminal Justice

Background investigations by agencies are routine in virtually all student internships. Keep in mind that the initial screening may range from a brief interview and fingerprinting to a very thorough screening process requiring several months. As a result of the agency internship process time, early coordination with the CJ Internship Coordinator and the selected agency is critical.

Enrollment Procedures

For the semester or term in which the course is taken, students must register in accordance with the registration dates published in the UTSA Registration Calendar. Students may not register late. It is highly recommended that students begin preparing for the internship selection/registration process one (1) semester prior to the term in which the course is actually taken.

Students interested in enrolling in the undergraduate internship program must identify an agency and point-of-contact from the Directory of Internship Placements . Once accepted by the agency, the student must meet with the Internship Coordinator and submit a completed Internship Information Form. During this meeting, course requirements will be explained, documentation completed and a permit to register will be issued to the student.

The following links will assist the student in locating an intern site, as well as the downloading of required documentation for the course.

Getting Started

1. Decide Where to Intern

  • If you don't have an agency in mind, start by thinking about the type of experience you want - law enforcement, probation, courts, private security.
  • Once you have decided the type of agency, think about location - San Antonio, Boerne, Live Oak, etc.
  • If you need suggestions on where to intern or names of people to contact, please examine the Directory of Internship Placements to help you get started.

2. Contact Desired Agency

Set up a meeting for an interview with the Point-of-Contact (POC) for the agency to discuss your request to intern with the organization.

The agency may require a(an):

  • Orientation
  • Oral Interview
  • Background Check
  • Fingerprinting
  • Resume
  • Prerequisite Course

3. Receive Permit to Register

Registration for CRJ 4933 is by permit only. The Internship Coordinator will give you a permit after you have been interviewed by an agency representative.

To get a permit:

  • Once you have been accepted for processing by an agency POC, you and the agency must complete the Internship Information Form.
  • Give the completed Internship Information Form to the Internship Coordinator in person during your pre-registration meeting.
  • The Coordinator will then sign a permit and give you the CRN number that you need to register.
  • Register for CRN 4933 - Take your Permit to Register to your academic advisor. The advisor will process you for admission.

Notes about registering:

  • You register after you have had a pre-registration meeting with the Internship Coordinator. The target is to be officially registered prior to when the semester starts.
  • University deadlines apply. See the semester schedule of classes for spring/summer/fall.

4. Begin Your Internship

You must complete 150 hours with your agency. Training sessions count toward the 150 hours. Driving from home to the agency and meal breaks will not be counted as internship hours. Meet with your agency to establish your schedule; which days of the week you will work and what times.

5. Writing Assignments

There are several required writing assignments for CRJ 4933. Writing assignments are worth a total of 60% of your semester grade. Requirements are listed in the course syllabus.

6. Agency Evaluation

The agency's evaluation is worth 40% of the semester grade.

  • The Internship Coordinator will provide forms for you and your agency supervisor to complete.
  • It is your responsibility to make sure your supervisor receives the Workplace Evaluation Form.

For more information, contact:
Mr. Chris Booker
Internship Coordinator

Durango Building 4.112C
210.458.2624 voice
210.458.2680 fax
christopher.booker@utsa.edu

Office Hours beginning August 22, 2016:
Monday/ Wednesday
10:00am - 11:30am and 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Tuesday/Thursday/Friday
10:00am - 2:00pm