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Criminal Justice Internships

With over 75 internship opportunities, students are continually forming relationships with our local, state, and

federal partners and often our students engage in more than one internship. Some of our students have even completed internships while studying abroad in English speaking countries.  

Students apply what they have learned in the classroom to these real-world experiences and in many cases form long-lasting relationships and permanent employment upon graduation.

Students are expected to consider their future career and/or academic plans when selecting an internship as internships may offer networking, mentorship and additional educational prospects that can help advance a student’s long-term career and/or academic success. In addition, internships are often used to help guide a student’s future plans.  

Under the supervision of both a faculty supervisor and field professional, students take the theories and principles learned in the classroom and apply them to their work in a field setting.  Students acquire knowledge and new skills while providing service to the community.  The CJ internship facilitates awareness of the working world and helps students with their career development.

*Current students should refer to the Criminal Justice Internship Manual

*Note for International Students: If you are applying for an internship you must meet with the Designated School Official (DSO) before beginning the internship to complete required paperwork and obtain an authorized I-20.  Please visit the Career Services site to review the Application Process for Elective Credit Internships for International Students and Eligibility Requirements for International Students drop-down sections for details.

Prerequisites and Limits

  • Students must have completed 60 credits prior to registering for a CJ Internship course.
  • Students must attend a CJ Internship information or orientation session.
  • Students must sign a CJ Internship Code of Ethics and must agree to act within the bounds of professionalism.

Internship Placement Sites



We have had students intern at each of the following agencies:

Albany Police Department Nassau County Police Department - Photo Division
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms National Security Administration
Central Intelligence Agency New Jersey State Police - Ballistics Unit
City of Beacon Police Department New Jersey State Police
City of Poughkeepsie Police Department New York City Police Department
City of Poughkeepsie: Fire Insp./Investig. New York State Department of Corrections
Community Transition Center New York State Park PD
Connecticut Police Academy New York State PD
Connecticut State Police Newburgh Police Department
Customs and Border Protection North Haven Police Department
Department of Homeland Security NY Department of Environmental Conservation PD
Drug Enforcement Agency NY State Office of the Attorney General
Dutchess County Court Passaic Court Prosecutor's Office
Dutchess County Family Services Port Authority Police
Dutchess County Public Defenders Port Washington Police District
Dutchess County ASPCA Project More - Dutchess County Community Transition Center
Dutchess County Dept. of Emergency Response- Fire Insp. Project More - Women's Center
Dutchess County District Attorney's Office Project MORE Transitional Housing
Dutchess County Probation R.E.A.L. Skills Network
Dutchess County Sheriff's Office Saugerties Police Department
Exalt Youth Secret Service
Exodus Transitional Community Suffolk County Police Department
Family Education Program Town of East Fishkill Police Department
Family Services Center for Victim Safety and Support Town of Plattekill Justice Court
Federal Bureau of Investigation Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department
Federal Bureau of Prisons Ulster County Probation
Fishkill Correctional Facility Ulster County Sheriff's Office
Gilbert West Law Firm United States Marshalls - EDNY
Grace Smith House (shelter) United States Marshalls
GSS Security Services US Department of Homeland Security
Hudson Valley Re-Entry Network US Department of Justice
Hyde Park Police Department US Marshalls Service
Immigration and Customs Enforcement US Park Police
Internal Revenue Service US Postal Inspection Service
Kingston Police Department Village of Fishkill Police Department
Mediation Center of Dutchess County Wappingers Falls Police Department
Mount Pleasant Police Department Youth Bureau Walkill Correctional Facility
Nassau County District Court Westchester Intelligence Services
Nassau County Police Department