Internship in Criminal Justice and Corrections


This internship course provides students with invaluable experience in juvenile and adult treatment programs and local law enforcement agencies that are related to the criminal justice system. Students must secure an internship by the start of the semester of enrollment with an agency whose work falls within the field of criminology (e.g., policing, corrections, courts) and which can support supervision of the student for the required field hours for this course. The tasks and responsibilities associated with the internship should enhance the student's educational experience. 

The instructor for this course will help students find a suitable internship and will ultimately approve internship assignments, but students are encouraged to independently pursue opportunities with an agency that is of most interest to their ultimate career goals.

Once the internship is lined up, students will register for credit in CRIM:4400. Students earn 1 s.h. of credit for 50 hours at the agency (e.g., 3 s.h. - 150 hours at agency).

Students are encouraged to confirm internship assignments and schedule prior to the start of the semester. Students receive orientation by agency staff.

Professor Michaela Ruppert oversees the internship program and is the instructor for the course. 


Students are required to meet every other week during the semester of their internship to discuss their agency and interact with classmates to learn about common issues in the world of criminal justice and corrections. Reflective writing assignments will be due weekly. This course is graded as S/F.

Example Sites:

  • 6th Judicial District Correctional Services (includes Hope House, etc.)
  • Four Oaks
  • Johnson County Sheriff's Office
  • Johnson County Courthouse
  • Linn County Detention Center
  • Police Departments (Cedar Rapids, Coralville, Iowa City, North Liberty, University of Iowa)
  • Rape Victims Advocacy Program
  • Many more…….