Internship and Research Opportunities

Our students' most valuable learning experiences often occur when they are required to apply classroom learning in a field setting.

Internship Opportunities

Each semester, we provide opportunities for students to work with community agencies or organizations under the supervision of agency professionals and our faculty. To participate in an internship, you must be a criminal justice and criminology major, a junior or senior in good standing, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and have successfully completed CJC 101. Students may receive up to three hours of credit per internship. 

Internships are not required for graduation and are unpaid, unless otherwise approved. Students are advised to contact our internship coordinator five to ten weeks prior to the desired start date of the internship. The coordinator will assist you in setting up your internship.

You are responsible for scheduling a minimum of 95 field hours and attending four in-class sessions, journaling, completing three online tests and writing an 8-10 page paper. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the site, complete paperwork, complete criminal record checks, if required, and complete training. All hours spent in these activities will be logged as field hours.

Students accepted into the program will enroll in CJC 491.

Students should understand that as interns they serve as ambassadors of the CJC program and UMKC. All interns must maintain the highest level of professionalism during the internship. All internships are approved at the discretion of the internship coordinator, Misty Campbell

Research Externships

Undergraduate research, or research externships, are an opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty member and get hands-on experience applying research methods and ethics to create new knowledge. Research projects require students to think creatively, develop problem-solving skills and enhance professional communication skills. They also give students the chance to explore potential careers.

Human Trafficking Externship

Currently, our department offers a research externship in human trafficking, which gives students opportunities to assist with several local initiatives in the anti-human-trafficking effort.

  • Engage in various sectors of a comprehensive strategy to eradicate human trafficking
  • Understand what is needed to prevent human trafficking
  • Undergo specialized training to identify victims
  • Coordinate resources to assist in rescue and recovery operations
  • Work with trauma-informed personnel to facilitate transition to holistic restorative services

Students assist with local research, learn how to collect data, process data, produce reports and help create geographic mapping of resource availability, as well as service needs and gaps. In some cases, students will have the opportunity to shadow and observe projects and initiatives in partnership with local anti-human-trafficking agencies.

To the greatest extent possible, different projects will be assigned to different students based on area of interest.