Internships may be undertaken for course credit (CRJU 494 for undergraduates). Successful completion of the internship and assignments will result in three credit hours. Internships provide excellent resume material, give students real world work experience, help students define their career goals, enable networking opportunities, and provide the potential to serve as a gateway for employment at the host agency/organization. Students work in criminal justice agencies/organizations or law –related entities under faculty supervision for 160 hours during the semester. Placement of the intern is the responsibility of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice (hereafter, the Department). While every attempt will be made to accommodate student requests, placement will be determined by availability. Certain agencies, including federal law enforcement, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), and the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office require direct application by the student; therefore, students interested in agencies/organizations that require direct application should coordinate these applications with the Department.
The Internship Manual provides detailed information about how the Internship Program works, as well as applicable rules and guidelines. Please make sure you have read through the manual in its entirety prior to starting the application process. In addition, students should consult the course syllabus for expectations and assignments.
Leslie G. Wiser, Jr. is the Internship Coordinator for the Department. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, (803) 777-6503, or Currell room 210. Application forms are located outside his office.
The following are examples of internship opportunities:
Columbia Police Department
The Columbia Police Department provides opportunities for interns to learn about local policing through assignments that include patrol, specialized units, administrative support, training, and crime analysis. Applicants must pass a background check and interview.
Richland County Sheriff’s Department
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department provides opportunities for interns to learn about community-oriented policing, gang investigations, forensic examination, and other local crime problems through a variety of assignments. Applicants must pass a background check and interview.
South Carolina Attorney General’s Office
The Attorney general is the Chief Criminal prosecutor and Chief legal Officer for the state of South Carolina. The office represents the State of South Carolina in prosecuting criminal cases and oversees the activities of the State Grand Jury, including the prosecution of multi-jurisdictional drug traffickers and public corruption. Interns can gain insight and experience in the areas of domestic violence, death penalty cases, internet crimes, and other offenses. In addition, the SC Attorney general’s Office assists crime victims and sponsors a youth mentor program. Applicants must apply directly and pass a background check and interview.
South Carolina Department of Corrections
The Department of Corrections has opportunities for interns in areas that include inmate grievances, the training academy, state classification, visitation, and the General Counsel’s Office. Candidates must pass a background check and interview.
Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
Sexual Trauma Services (STS) of the Midlands is a private, non-profit, 501 c (3) organization that first began serving victims of sexual assault in 1983 as the Rape Crisis Network. STS is one of 16 rape crisis centers in South Carolina, and its mission is to provide services to sexual trauma survivors and education to the public about sexual trauma issues.
South Carolina Victims Assistance Network
The South Carolina Victims Assistance Network (SCVAN) advocates for all crime victims and those who serve them to ensure they have the help and resources they need. They help connect victims with law enforcement and government services, victim legal assistance, medical services, and other support services.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) provides investigative, forensic, and analytical services for major or statewide crimes, as well as support to local law enforcement agencies. Candidates must pass a background check and interview. Candidates must apply directly.
South Carolina Highway Patrol
The South Carolina Highway Patrol enforces traffic and DUI laws, conducts drug trafficking interdiction functions, investigates motor vehicle accidents and homicide by vehicle matters, and educates the public to reduce traffic and pedestrian fatalities and injuries. Applicants must pass a background check and interview.