UMKC student at Kansas City Police Department


The department is committed to the notion that CJC majors’ most valuable learning experiences often occur when there are opportunities to apply classroom learning in field settings. Each semester there are opportunities for students to work with community agencies or organizations under the supervision of agency professionals and CJC faculty. To participate in a CJC internship, a student must be a CJC junior or senior in good standing, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and successful completion of CJC 101.

All internships are approved at the discretion of the Internship Coordinator, Ms. Rita D. Pearce ( Students may receive up to 3 hours of credit for an internship. Internships are not required for graduation and are unpaid unless otherwise approved. Students are advised to contact the Internship Coordinator five to ten weeks prior to the desired starting date of the internship.  The Coordinator will assist the student in setting up their internship. Students are responsible for scheduling a minimum of 95 field hours and attending 4 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, criminal record checks (when required), and training (when required). 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.