​​ Students in the Criminal Justice AAS Degree program must complete CRJ 932 Internship as part of the graduation requirements. We strongly encourage students to plan ahead and begin researching internship opportunities early in their academic careers. Although many agencies offer internships, they are typically limited in the number of student interns they can supervise at a time, and most higher education institutions with criminal justice programs require internships prior to graduation. Thus, there may be competition for a limited number of positions. It is the student’s responsibility to secure an internship with an agency or organization related to the criminal justice field. Students may refer to the Career Opportunities site for a starting point.

If you have concerns or are unable to secure an internship for the upcoming term and are otherwise on track to graduate, email Samantha O’Hara at

Note: If you are currently employed or were previously employed in the criminal justice field, or have other relevant experience, you may be able eligible for the Credit for Prior Learning – Credits by Experience Process. Please review the information and contact the Criminal Jus​tice Program Chair if you have questions about required supporting documentation.​

Eligibility Requirements

  • Completed at least 24 credits in a Criminal Justice degree program
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.0

Note: Many agencies will complete a background investigation as part of their interview process. Students with criminal records may find limitations in their options. DMACC does not complete a background investigation as part of the internship course.

How to Register

Course Delivery

This is a Pass/Fail class. In order to pass, students must:

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 150 hours with the agency or organization.
  • Document hours and activities on the course Blackboard site.
  • Submit a final reflection paper adhering to the requirements listed on the course syllabus and on the course Blackboard site.
  • Hours and activities must be confirmed by Weekly Evaluations and a Final Evaluation submitted by the site supervisor.

Site Supervisor Forms

​Employment in the criminal justice field is highly dependent upon one's character and background. Students who have a criminal history may complete the program of study, but it is NOT likely that they will find employment in the criminal justice field, and students with a criminal history may NOT be eligible for an internship, which is required for the AAS degree.