Though not required, the internship and practicum option is ideal for students who wish to clarify their career objectives or expand their experiences within their current career. If you are currently enrolled in the MSCJS program and are interested in applying for an internship or practicum placement, please contact Maureen Norton-Hawk.

Graduate Internship in Crime and Justice

The graduate internship is a one or two semester placement in a criminal justice agency where the student experiences criminal justice in action. Students receive 3 credit hours per semester for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

In the semester prior to enrollment students must meet with the director to explore possible placements. Placements can range from advocacy to law enforcement agencies to penal institutions. Once the placement decision is made the student develops a list of goals/objectives. After meeting with the agency the director determines if the student’s objectives are realistic given the parameters of the agency. Usually the student works 8 hours per week accumulating a minimum of 110 hours. Weekly email communications are central and the final paper can not be completed without this communication. Students maintain a journal of their placement experiences and how these experiences meet their objectives. At the end of the semester each student will submit a folder that includes their hours, objectives, a 10-15 page paper and a copy of their email communications.

The following is a partial list of the agencies we routinely contact and place our students:

  • Suffolk Superior Court
  • Boston Juvenile Court
  • West Roxbury District Court
  • Roxbury Drug Court
  • Middlesex Superior Court
  • Woburn District Court
  • Prisoner Education Network
  • Quincy District Court
  • Dedham District Court
  • Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services
  • Suffolk Country District Attorney
  • Office of the Commisioner of Probation
  • Suffolk County Sheriff
  • Boston Alcohol & Substance Abuse Programs
  • Portal to Hope
  • U.S. Postal Inspector’s Office
  • Massachusetts State Police
  • Massachusetts Department of Youth Service
  • Massachusetts State Fire Marshall’s Office
  • Suffolk County House of Corrections

Graduate Practicum in Crime and Justice

The graduate practicum is a one or two semester opportunity for an individual who is currently a full-time employee of a criminal justice agency. The program is intended to provide new training and experiences that are available at his/her current place of employment. Students receive 3 credit hours per semester.

In the semester prior to enrollment students must meet with the director to develop a proposal outlining the intended project. Once the plan of action is established the student develops a projected time line noting key dates and accomplishments. After meeting with the student’s supervisor, the director determines if the student’s proposal is realistic given the parameters of the agency. The student allocates a minimum of 8 hours per week toward the completion of the proposal accumulating a minimum of 110 hours. Weekly emails and bi-monthly meetings with the director are required. Students maintain a journal of their progress throughout the semester. At the end of the semester each student submits a final product, presentation or paper.