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Internship Manual

 

MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY

 

CJ-375 CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP

Writing Intensive Course

 

 

SPRING 2016 and FALL 2016 PLACEMENTS ARE OPEN

THESE PLACEMENTS ARE VERY COMPETITIVE AND ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVED

Students cannot take senior seminar and internship in same semester

PROFESSOR JOSEPH KELLY

 

E-Mail:  jkelly@monmouth.edu

Web Site  http://bluehawk.monmouth.edu/monmouth/community/faculty/

Phone:  732-403-6428

Office:  MH 1 Office      By Appointment Only email for appointment

Class Sections 375-01 meets on Tues. 11:30am-2:15pm Section 375-50 meets Thur. 4:30-7:15pm

 

Frequently asked questions and their answers.

Q.  If I have been arrested, involved in domestic violence, drugs, alcohol possession violation, etc. can I complete a CJ Internship? 
A. The short answer is no but it depends on the facts involved.  An agency WILL do a background check on any applicant and may reject any applicant they choose.  You need an internship for a degree so keep this in mind.  Once you submit your application and are given a meeting time discuss any issues.

Q.  Do I find my own internship?
A.  No, that would be chaotic for you, the agency and result in no agency accepting our interns.  If you have an offer of an internship then note it on your application.  The agency needs to know you are registered and receiving credit for the internship.  This concerns liability issues.  You must follow the application process that I have outlined in my many emails to all CJ Majors.

Q.  Can I just register for the internship?
A.  No, you have to follow the application process listed on my faculty homepage.  http://bluehawk.monmouth.edu/~jkelly/Application%20for%20Internship.htm

Q.  Hello Professor Kelly.....I'm completing my freshman (soph, junior) year and I have an opportunity to work with the New Brunswick police department as an Intern.  I was wondering if I would be able to obtain credits for this internship.  I believe that most internships usually take place during Junior and Senior years and I'll be heading into my Sophomore year, but I thought this would be a great opportunity for me.
Let me know your thoughts on this when you have a chance.
A.  It is a great opportunity but the CJ Internship at MU isn't like a Junior College or High School ride along program.  It is a 300 level course that satisfies a requirement of your major plus it satisfies experiential education requirements and is writing intensive which means you have to produce several papers and other written work during the semester.  Our internship program requires you to work 8 hours a week at your internship for a minimum of 90 hours during the semester plus attend the internship class which is either tuesdays between 11:30am and 2:15 pm or Thursdays 4:30pm to 7:15pm.  Keep in mind that since it's a 300 level course you should have most of your 200 levels completed to really be able to prepare the papers. All papers are in APA format.   The idea behind our internship is that you already have a general idea of what you want to do by junior year.  As a freshman you're still learning about the opportunities.
In most internships you will be doing a lot of filling out of forms, paperwork, answering phones, etc. to learn about the organization and since you only intern 1 day a week the type of work will be kind of hit or miss as things don't wait for you to show up.  You have to be realistic in what you will be able to get from an internship and once they gain confidence in your ability to follow directions you may be asked to participate more but a lot depends on you.

PS.  The internship is a required course that you must complete to graduate.  You must follow the application procedure outlined in my faculty homepage where the application can be saved as a text file, completed and emailed to me directly.  That starts the process.  Obviously, you should meet with your advisor and plan your schedule and determine what semester you would need your internship.  Internships are limited as you are taking the internship along with your other courses.  While the FBI, DEA, etc. looks like a great internship idea you have to think logically about what you want.  Can you travel to Newark, Trenton, etc. to attend the internship?  How long of an application process does the agency have?  Do they require a 3.0 or 3.5 gpa?Are you guaranteed the internship?  This is very important as what do you do if they don't accept you?  Delay your graduation?  Will you be able to gain any valuable experience at the internship?  My answer to this is YES. Because ANY experience in the field, whether in your preferred area or not, is just that experience.  Experience that you can use in the future.

                                               

 

 

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS:

 

Internship Manual Available at Website www.monmouth.edu/~jkelly

 

Debbie J. Goodman, Ron Grimming.  Work in Criminal Justice; An A-Z Guide to Careers.  Pearson, Prentice Hill.

 

APA Manual, Current Edition.

 

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

 

Intern students will evaluate principles of criminal justice through on-site participation at an approved criminal justice agency.  The agency will be studied with respect to its stated purposes and contributions to the field of Criminal Justice.  Students will analyze field experiences in terms of academic research and classroom instruction.  Students will have the opportunity to meet and work with professionals in their chosen field of interest through a structured program of supervision and evaluation.  The course also provides students with an opportunity to integrate academic and experiential knowledge.

 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

 

          Upon completion of the course, the successful student will be able to:

          Understand the organizational structure and functions of the placement agency.

          Understand the relationship between academic and experiential knowledge.

          Complete a research paper on a topic related to his/her internship.

          Describe his/her experiences, and personal growth during the semester.

          Clarify educational and professional goals. 

The student will learn professional demeanor, the requirements, and functioning of a criminal justice or related agency with which they intern.    

Students will record the information they acquire by writing reflective journals and by responding to questions from the manual.  

While an intern, students will learn how to dress, behave, and function in a professional manner.

Student interns will coordinate internship hours with the agency and the professor and complete the required internship hours with the host agency. 

Students will prepare for a criminal justice or related profession by submitting a resume to the professor.

 

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING:

 

          Hours at Criminal Justice Agency              =       90

 

          Journal and Progress Reports           =       20% of grade

          Agency Description Paper & Presentation=         20% of grade

          Final Paper & Presentation                        =       40% of grade

          Internship Evaluation                                 =       20% of grade

 

JOURNAL:

 

A soft covered 3 ring binder that will be maintained as a diary of experiences, unless otherwise directed.  Record duties performed, observations made, knowledge and skills gained, feelings and questions to be resolved.  Include plans for next visit to the agency.  Must be neat and legible and brought to agency and class at ALL meetings. All interns are required to keep a journal of internship experiences and hours.  The journal should be typed on 8.5 x 11” paper (DO NOT use spiral notebooks or erasable paper), unless otherwise directed. The journal should include a brief synopsis of what you do during your internship, including the hours worked for each entry, the running total of all hours completed, what you did during each shift, how you feel about what you are doing, and how what you see or do relates to what you learned at Monmouth University (see sample Journal Entry Format ).  Your journal must be submitted at the conclusion of each 15 hours of internship or at other prearranged times (see course schedule).

 

KEEP A TIME SHEET:

 

TIME SHEETS ARE NO LONGER NECESSARY AS THE PROGRESS REPORTS AND EVALUATION SERVE THIS FUNCTION.

 

WEEKLY SEMINARS:

You will share experiences and knowledge gained with other interns.  Your journal will be used as a refresher.

 

INTERNSHIP EVLAUATION:

 

Mentor will submit an evaluation of the student’s progress.  Attendance, initiative, participation, interest, ability and attitude will be evaluated.

 

AGENCY DESCRIPTION PAPER:  (Minimum of 5 pages NOT INCLUDING THE TITLE PAGE, CHARTS, GRAPHS, REFERENCE PAGE OR FOOTNOTE PAGE.  NO INTERNET REFERENCES WILL BE ACCEPTED AND THERE IS A MINIMUM OF 4 REFERENCES REQUIRED)

 

          See Manual for Requirements.

 

FINAL RESEARCH PAPER:  (Minimum of 10 pages NOT INCLUSIVE OF TITLE PAGE, ABSTRACT, CHARTS, GRAPHS, REFERENCE PAGE OR FOOTNOTE PAGE)

 

          A thorough and analytical report summarizing knowledge and skills acquired through the internship experience.  (See Manual for Requirements) www.monmouth.edu/~jkelly

 

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:  2 Page Goals of Internship Paper.

 

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1.       PREPARATION AND CLASS PARTICIPATION – The assigned text readings are the basis of class discussion.  Students are expected to have read the assignments and actively participate in discussions.  Failure to adequately perform in these areas will result in a lower grade. 

2.       ATTENDANCE – Students are expected to be present for all scheduled classes.  Excused absences will require a serious reason with accompanying documentation. An absence is an absence although the professor will consider the circumstances. 

3.       TARDINESS – Students are expected to be on time for class.  Late arrival disrupts the entire class.  Unexcused tardiness will equate to an absence.

4.       SPECIAL ACCOMODATIONS – Students with disabilities who need special accommodations for this class are encouraged to meet with me or the appropriate disability service provider on campus as soon as possible.  In order to receive accommodations, students must be registered with the appropriate disability provider on campus as set forth in the student handbook and must follow the University procedure for self-disclosure, which is stated in the University Guide to Services and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities.  Students will not be afforded any special accommodations for academic work completed prior to disclosure of the disability.  Students will not be afforded any special accommodations for academic work completed prior to the completion of the documentation process with the appropriate disability service office.

5.       WITHDRAWAL – The last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” is MARCH 26, 2007.

6.       CLASSROOM DECORUM – Disruptive and/or discourteous behavior will not be tolerated (e.g. conversations, cell phone/beeper noise, sleeping, conspicuous eating and drinking, etc.)

7.       ACADEMIC HONESTY – Cheating, copying, plagiarism, etc. will

not be tolerated. This problem is covered in the student handbook.  Incidents of academic dishonesty will result in an “F” grade for that assignment or test and the filing of a formal report. Severe or repeated cases will result in a grade of “F” for the course.

 

NOTE:  The scheduled topics are subject to change as circumstances dictate throughout the semester and the professor may add or subtract the number of tests if necessary. Books must be read prior to first day of class and must be brought to class.  CLASS ASSIGNMENTS MAY CHANGE DURING THE COURSE AND THE PROFESSOR WILL NOTIFY OF ANY CHANGES VIA EMAIL.  STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGULARLY READ EMAIL AND ALSO UTILIZE WORD 97 FOR PAPERS.