As part of the 18-credit minor, you must complete three credits of fieldwork in a criminal justice setting. You are responsible for obtaining an internship, identifying a faculty supervisor, and enrolling in the field experience course in the faculty supervisor’s department. We recommend that you explore your options for faculty supervision at the same time as you explore internship opportunities. Many internship sites ask for confirmation that you will be earning credit as part of the application process.
The fieldwork must take one of the following forms.
- HDFS 3080 Supervised Field Experience,
- INTD 3590 Urban Field Studies,
- POLS 3991 Supervised Field Work (or a combination of POLS 3991 with POLS 3999),
- SOCI 3990 (2 cr) and SOCI 3991 (1 cr) Internship: Field Experience and Research Paper,
- URBN 3991 (2 cr) and URBN 3981 (1 cr), Internship in Urban Studies: Field Study and Seminar
- PSYC 3880 Field Experience, or
- Another 2000-level or higher internship or field work course with field study done in a criminal justice setting approved in advance by the student’s criminal justice advisor.
“In a criminal justice setting” is a crucial phrase. This means that you must work in one of the institutions of the criminal justice system or work with an agency that interacts on a day-to-day basis with such institutions. These may include, but are not be limited to, the following:
- courts, prisons, police, probation service
- criminal defenders or prosecutor’s offices
- advocacy groups, education and prevention groups
- other groups that work with juvenile and adult delinquents or at risk populations
- law firm, if the work substantially engages with criminal law
With the exception of the UConn Police Department, the internship must be off-campus. A wide range of opportunities are available near Storrs, in Hartford, and in your home community.
If in doubt that a proposed internship will meet the requirements of the Criminal Justice or Crime and Justice minor, you should contact an advisor or the coordinator.