Jumpstarting Your Career: An Internship Guide for Criminal Justice / Edition 2

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Overview

This guide for readers provides information about obtaining valuable internships and making the successful transition to employment. It focuses on the many issues involved in the total internship experience. The author's personal experience as an intern and as a coordinator for internship placements makes this book topical and important. Only the best information available from psychology, social work, and other disciplines was used to cover the following topics: goals and objectives, the field-placement process, agency concerns, the intern's role, supervision, values and ethical standards, evaluation, and future careers. An excellent resource for those seeking employment in the criminal justice field, as well as supervisors and field placement supervisors.

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Editorial Reviews

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" . . . this book has great appeal to all criminal justice educators who want to know "how to" establish, monitor, and evaluate internship programs. Clearly there is a need to 'bridge the gap between criminal justice theory and criminal justice practice. This revised edition is a giant step in that direction." — Lee Ross, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131175778
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/15/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 787,797
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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This book was written for students in the social sciences (criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, and social work) who are beginning a criminal justice internship in a public or private agency. It will also be a useful reference for faculty and agency supervisors. The book focuses on many issues involved in the total internship experience, especially those related to students' personal and professional development during their internship education. A guide of this sort is important because many of my students have, over the past six years, considered their internship among the most influential experiences of their undergraduate careers. At the same time, they have reported that their regular course work provides only indirect, and generally insufficient, preparation for their initial real-world experiences. This book is designed to make the connection between academic course work and the knowledge, skills, and emotional challenges that are found in the professional world of work.

I have attempted to use the best information available from psychology, social work, and other disciplines that the interns will encounter in their various, placements. I conducted extensive literature reviews of the leading journals and textbooks in each discipline and consulted with several faculty and agency supervisors in various colleges and universities and internship placements.

Using my personal experience as an intern and my experience coordinating internship placements for hundreds of students, I designed this book to be used as an introductory text on internships that can also be a helpful resource tool for students in their work at the agencies. I hope this book will helpreaders have a more effective and rewarding work and learning experience.

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Table of Contents

I. THE CONCEPT OF INTERNSHIPS.

1. Defining Internships.

2. Goals and Instructional Objectives.

3. Field Placement Process.

4. Pragmatic Agency Concerns, Agency Goals and Social System Affiliations.

II. FIELD PLACEMENT CONSIDERATIONS.

5. The Intern's Role.

6. Supervision.

7. Values and Ethical Standards.

III. EVALUATION AND FUTURE CAREERS.

8. Evaluation of Field Education Experience.

9. Future Careers.

References.

Index.

Resource Guide.

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Preface

This book was written for students in the social sciences (criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, and social work) who are beginning a criminal justice internship in a public or private agency. It will also be a useful reference for faculty and agency supervisors. The book focuses on many issues involved in the total internship experience, especially those related to students' personal and professional development during their internship education. A guide of this sort is important because many of my students have, over the past six years, considered their internship among the most influential experiences of their undergraduate careers. At the same time, they have reported that their regular course work provides only indirect, and generally insufficient, preparation for their initial real-world experiences. This book is designed to make the connection between academic course work and the knowledge, skills, and emotional challenges that are found in the professional world of work.

I have attempted to use the best information available from psychology, social work, and other disciplines that the interns will encounter in their various, placements. I conducted extensive literature reviews of the leading journals and textbooks in each discipline and consulted with several faculty and agency supervisors in various colleges and universities and internship placements.

Using my personal experience as an intern and my experience coordinating internship placements for hundreds of students, I designed this book to be used as an introductory text on internships that can also be a helpful resource tool for students in their work at the agencies. I hope this book will help readers have a more effective and rewarding work and learning experience.

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