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An internship offers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the field of your major or area of career interest. An internship is a great way to "test the waters" before committing to a particular career track. It helps you learn the vocabulary, exposes you to experienced professionals in your field, and gives you a chance to apply the theories and methods learned in the classroom to a "real world" setting.


Internships are required of all students who major in Criminology or Sociology and are recommended for all students who minor in any area of the Department of Law and Justice Studies. An internship is a work experience related to your major or area of career interest. It is supervised by a faculty member and an on-site supervisor. You can earn between three and six hours of college credit for your internship.


Over the last several years, students in the Department of Law and Justice Studies have completed internships in a wide variety of settings.  They have included:

  • Johnson County, KS Department of Corrections
  • Kansas City, Missouri Police Department
  • Olathe, KS Crime Lab
  • Lenexa, KS Police Department
  • Missouri Probation and Parole
  • Washington Center, Washington, DC
  • Jackson County, MO Prosecutor’s Office
  • Clay County, MO Juvenile Courts
  • Gillis Center, Kansas City, MO
  • John Knox Village Retirement Community, Lee’s Summit, MO
  • Various local Attorney offices