Criminal Justice Internships

7th Edition

Theory Into Practice

Authors: Gary Gordon R. McBride
Paperback ISBN: 9781437735024
Imprint: Anderson
Published Date: 10th October 2011
Page Count: 216


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Criminal Justice Internships: Theory into Practice, Seventh Edition, provides an introduction to criminal justice internship, highlighting professional and personal issues. The topic is important because the majority of criminal justice programs in the United States have designated internships as either a requirement or a major elective. The book is organized into four parts. Part 1 on pre-internship considerations covers the history and benefits of internship, and the placement process. Part 2 discusses professional issues that can arise during an internship, including the four stages of an internship experience, intern supervision, and ethical and moral dilemmas faced by interns. Part 3 focuses on the role of the internship agency. This includes organizational characteristics; the ways in which the agency operations and personnel are affected by political, economic, and legal factors; and agency effectiveness and its relationship to the overall criminal justice system. Part 4 deals with the assessment of the internship experience and career planning. This book was written for criminal justice students undertaking an internship with a public agency or private firm. It can also serve as a reference tool for professors and supervisory personnel who will assist and supervise interns.

Key Features

  • Updated with information on employment trends, potential placements available on the Internet, setting professional goals, and the pursuit of advanced studies.

  • Explores the impact of the Millenials-generation student as "digital native," focusing on both the benefits and the dangers of social networking, creating and monitoring one’s online identity, and utilizing and developing important skill sets for tech-savvy students.

  • Applies the public policy concept of the "subgoverment" model to understand the complex relationships between criminal justice organizations and their stakeholders.


Students in the criminal justice field.

Table of Contents

Preface Table of Figures Part 1 Pre-Internship Considerations

1. Introduction to Internships Why Intern? Background of Internships Educational Goals About This Book Conclusion 2. Preparing for Your Internship in the Age of Transparency Introduction Cautions and Encouragements What If? Posting a Résumé Online Preparing for Your Internship 3. The Placement Process Introduction Choosing an Appropriate Site Writing a Résumé The Internship Interview Background Screening Liability and Insurance Conclusion Thinking About Your Internship Placement

Part 2 Professional Concerns

4. Setting Goals and Identifying Educational Objectives Introduction Setting Realistic Goals Types of Goals Developing Learning Objectives for Your Goals Methodology for Assessing Progress Conclusion Planning Your Internship 5. Your Role as an Intern Introduction Experiential Stages Conclusion Your Role as an Intern 6. Being a Participant-Observer Introduction Participant Observation Data Collection Data Recording One Final Word of Caution Thinking About Your Internship 7. Intern Supervision Introduction Definition of Supervision Faculty Supervisor Agency Supervisor Peer Support Conclusion Thinking About Your Internship 8. Ethics in Practice: Guidelines Introduction Codes of Ethics Ethical Standards for the Emerging Professional Ethics in the Age of Transparency Examining Your Value System


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About the Author

Gary Gordon

Gary Gordon is a partner with Bluewater International, a hybrid management consulting and investment banking firm focused on cyber, homeland, and healthcare information security. In his almost three decades as professor of criminal justice and economic crime, he was a national leader in developing talent to meet emerging threats and immediate needs of government and industry sectors responsible for financial crimes, fraud and abuse, risk management, computer security, and digital forensics. A strong advocate for combining academic disciplines with real world internship experiences, he has supervised hundreds of interns in government and corporate sites across the United States.

Affiliations and Expertise

Partner, Bluewater International

R. McBride

R. Bruce McBride is Commissioner of University Police for the State University of New York. He is retired from his position as professor at Utica College, where he served as Executive Director of the Economic Crime and Justice Studies Division and Director of the Economic Crime Management program. At Utica, he coordinated the criminal justice internship program, which allowed for semester-based study placements in the United States and overseas. Dr. McBride holds bachelor and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Oswego and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University at Albany. He is immediate past-president of the Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State.

Affiliations and Expertise

Commissioner of University Police for the State University of New York, USA