Internships Launch Careers

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

Graduate Internship in Crime & Justice

The graduate internship is a one- or two-semester placement in a crime and justice-related 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 prior to placement. Placements can range from advocacy to law enforcement agencies to penal institutions. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 to enroll in an internship or practicum.

Recent placements include:

  • Local and State Nonprofits
  • County Courts
  • County Sheriffs Departments
  • State Correctional Institutions
  • Local and State Police
  • State Youth & Criminal Justice agencies
  • Federal Criminal Justice agencies
  • Suffolk Superior Court
  • Prisoner Education Network
  • 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 & Justice

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


Our alumni go on to a variety of rewarding careers. The following is a sampling of positions earned by recent graduates of our programs:

  • Transitional Coordinator, Elliot Community Health Services
  • State Trooper, New Hampshire State Police
  • Probation Officer, Brockton District Court
  • CEO, Interfor, Inc., a private security and security consulting firm
  • Crime Analyst, Massachusetts State Police
  • Caseworker, Department of Youth Services
  • Assistant Director, Boston Reentry Initiative
  • Treatment Program Supervisor, MCI Framingham
  • Social Worker, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
  • Advocate, Middlesex County Courts Child Abuse Unit
  • North Carolina Department of Corrections
  • Lawrence Police Department
  • Crime and Justice Institute
  • Marshall, Williams & Gorham, LLP
  • Museum of Science Safety Committee
  • The Massachusetts Department of Corrections
  • US Border Patrol
  • US Drug Enforcement Agency