Internship Program


The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers two internship programs. CCJ4940 Criminal Justice Field Experience 1 and CCJ4941 Criminal Justice Field Experience 2 are offered as a 3 credit pass/fail course. These courses require a minimum of twelve hours a week during the course of the semester, and these hours can be scheduled in any fashion that is agreed upon by the student and the agency.  Total number of hours should equal 170 (this number may vary a little during summer session “1” formally “C”).  While CCJ4940 is primarily designed for criminal justice majors in their senior year, exceptions for non-majors and second semester juniors are made on a case-by-case basis. Students taking the course during the summer must be registered for session #1, which is the full twelve weeks of the summer. Students must also have a GPA of 2.5 or better. CCJ-4941, Criminal Justice Field Experience(2) is primarily for those students who have taken CCJ-4940 and desire to either spend an additional semester with the same agency, or who have found a different agency that they would like to experience.


Any student who has any type of arrest record or a pending charge must advise the Internship Coordinator in advance of contacting an agency.

Students electing to take Field Experience should confer with the department’s internship coordinator, Sigal Rubin ( at least two to three months prior to the semester in which they intend to do the internship. Federal agencies normally require three to four months or more of lead time to process applicants. Nearly all of the agencies offering an internship require interviews, application submissions and background checks prior to accepting a student intern. Many also require polygraph examinations. This process can be lengthy and requires early preparation.

It is the responsibility of the student to select an agency within the criminal justice system to perform the internship. Discussing the various options with the department internship coordinator can facilitate this process. The student then needs to contact the agency and make an application for the internship. Registering for either of the field experience courses (CCJ4940 or CCJ4941) requires permission of the internship coordinator, and this cannot be done until the agency has approved the student for the semester that he or she requested. After the student has completed the department internship form and has registered for the course, the department will send a letter to the agency supervisor indicating that the student is eligible to take the internship and must complete at least twelve hours per week. At the end of the semester, an evaluation form which will detail the student’s performance will be mailed to the agency supervisor for completion.

Once the internship has begun the student will be required to maintain a journal and submit a final paper. Requirements are described in the syllabus.

Potential Agencies

The following list of agencies is an example of places where students have performed internships in the past. It is not meant to be all inclusive. There are also some descriptions of the various program types offered by certain agencies.

For those who are considering going to law school after earning their B.A. degree, the following agencies have proven to be of considerable value to students who have recently interned there.

  • Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office
    West Palm Beach
  • Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office
    West Palm Beach
  • Broward County Public Defender’s Office
    Ft. Lauderdale

Students should also consider interning at private law firms in the South Florida area.

For students who are considering a possible career in local law enforcement, the following agencies have demonstrated effective programs. Since phone numbers and personnel change too frequently to keep material on the web up to date, please check the main agency numbers and ask for the internship office.

  • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office
    West Palm Beach
  • Coral Springs Police Department
    Coral Springs
  • Boca Raton Police Department
    Boca Raton
  • Delray Beach Police Department
    Delray Beach
  • Palm Beach Police Department
    Palm Beach

Students interested in Florida State agencies may consider the following:

  • Florida Highway Patrol – Victim Advocacy Unit
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    (Formerly the Florida Marine Patrol)
  • Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    Miami Office
  • Florida Atlantic University Police Department
    Boca Raton campus
  • Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco
    West Palm Beach

Students who have an interest in the fields of Juvenile Justice and Crises Intervention may consider the following agencies:

  • Department of Juvenile Justice
    Pompano Beach
  • Department of Juvenile Justice
    West Palm Beach
  • Boca Raton Police Department
    Victim Advocate Office

    Boca Raton

Students who are interested in Crime Scene Investigation, Forensics (fingerprint identification, tool marks & firearms identification, photo lab) as well as non-sworn law enforcement positions in these areas should consider the following:

  • Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office – Technical Services Bureau
    West Palm Beach
  • Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission
    West Palm Beach

Students interested in doing an internship at a federal agency should plan to apply at least three months prior to the semester in which the internship will be performed. Background investigations and the selection process is considerably longer than with state and local agencies. The following agencies have recently hosted FAU interns:

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
    Miami Field Office
  • U.S. Secret Service
    Miami Field Office
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
    Miami Field Office
  • U. S. Marshals Service
    Miami Field Office
  • U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General
    Broward County
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
    Office of the Inspector General

    Palm Beach County
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service
    Pembroke Pines
  • United States Probation Office
    West Palm Beach
  • United States Probation Office
    Ft. Lauderdale

Students who plan to register for Field Experience need to complete the department form on the following page and submit it along with a Drop/Add form to the department internship coordinator. Registration cannot be completed through Owl-link and must have the signature of the coordinator.