Internships expose students to actual criminal justice agency practices and in some cases have resulted in future employment. Students will engage in a wide variety of tasks, depending on the particular internship.
Students who pursue the Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree are required to take CrimJ273 which is an internship with a law enforcement agency or other agency doing criminal justice related work. Shoreline criminal justice faculty advisors have secured internships for its students in police departments, sheriff's offices, adult corrections facilities, public defender's offices, prosecuting attorneys offices, social service agencies, municipal courts, juvenile court, juvenile detention facilities, private investigators, the U.S. Border Patrol and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife to name just a few.
Students in the AAAS program should plan to take CrimJ 273 during the winter or spring quarter of their second year at Shoreline, after notifying the program director at least one quarter in advance of their intention to pursue an internship. This allows for time to arrange for a suitable match between the student and an agency providing internship opportunities.
Students applying for an internship will be required to undergo a background check—including a polygraph examination—by the involved agency. In some cases, the student might be required to pay a fee for this service. Any previous history of criminal activity will usually disqualify a student from participating. Students preparing for a career in criminal justice should know that any felony convictions automatically disqualifies a person from being hired as a sworn law enforcement officer in the United States. It also will usually hinder gaining employment even as a civilian in the law enforcement field. Students who have a significant history of drug use, a poor driving record, a poor credit history or a criminal record should think twice about investing significant time and money into a criminal justice degree. If students have concerns in this area, they should consult with a criminal justice advisor.