Criminal Justice Internships: Theory Into Practice guides the student, instructor, and internship site supervisor through the entire internship process, offering advice and information for use at the internship site as well as pre-planning and assessment activities. With more and more students engaging in internships as a means of enhancing their credentials, the internship has become a defining educational moment. Students learn basics such as choosing an internship site at either a public agency or a private firm, résumé writing techniques, effective use of social networks, interviewing skills, and the importance of setting and developing goals and assessing progress. It also serves as a reference tool for professors and supervisory personnel who assist and supervise the student during the experience.
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.
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.
Part I: Pre-Internship Considerations 1. Introduction to Internships 2. Preparing for Your Internship in the Age of Transparency 3. The Placement Process Part II: Professional Concerns 4. Setting Goals and Identifying Educational Objectives 5. Your Role as an Intern 6. Being a Participant-Observer 7. Intern Supervision 8. Ethics in Practice: Guidelines Part III: The Role of the Organization 9. Organizational Characteristics: Formal and Informal Structures 10. Political, Economic, and Legal Factors 11. Organizational Goals and Relationships 12. Using Information and Technology as Crime-Fighting Tools Part IV: Assessment and Career Planning 13. Assessing Your Experience 14. Career Planning