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Criminal Justice Practicum

CRM 490 (3 credits) & CRML 490 (1 Credit)

“The deadline for applications for students wishing to intern during the Fall 2014 semester is April 18, 2014.”

Course Prerequisites: Senior status, Overall GPA of 2.0 (2.3 in Major)

Click here for the Practicum Manual and Application Form (PDF)

Course Description:

UNCW’s Criminal Justice Practicum provides students an opportunity to gain real experience in a variety of local criminal justice agencies. It is also designed to provide practical on-the-job experiences to supplement in-class experiences. Students will intern at a minimum of 10 hours a week with the selected criminal justice agency and will also meet 1 hour every week in a class room setting to discuss educational and professional development issues relevant to the internship.

Practicum Objectives:

  • Expand and enrich student understanding of the criminal justice system;
  • Supplement classroom learning with active real-life learning;
  • Understand the daily operations of the agency;
  • Apply social science theories and principles to the real world;
  • Develop & assess professional knowledge and skill-sets necessary for future employment;
  • Help refine career plans and goals.

Examples of past and possible practicums:

  • Brunswick County Adult Probation & Parole
  • Coastal Horizon Center (TASC)
  • CUE-Center for Missing Persons
  • Jacksonville Police Department
  • Juvenile Detention Center
  • Juvenile Services Division
  • LINC (Leading Into New Communities, Inc.)
  • Kure Beach Police Department
  • New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office
  • New Hanover County Correctional Center
  • New Hanover County Sheriff's Office
  • New Hanover County Pretrial Release
  • Brunswick County District Attorney's Office
  • North Carolina Adult Probation & Parole
  • Pender County Correctional Facility
  • Pender County Sherrif's Office
  • Public Defender’s Office (Wilmington)
  • UNCW Campus Police
  • U.S. Probation Office
  • Wilmington Police Department
  • Wrightsville Beach Police Department
  • Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE)




Instructions for Interested Students:

After carefully reading the practicum manual contact Dr. Shannon Santana (santanas@uncw.edu) to set up a meeting to discuss career plans and internship placement options. You must gain approval from your advisor and meet with Dr. Santana prior to the application deadline. 

Application Deadline:

For Fall Criminal Justice Practicum: April 18, 2014

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