The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice has established internship opportunities with over forty criminal justice agencies in the Lincoln area. Whether your interest is in law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, courts, law, juvenile services, victim services or other related areas, you will receive valuable experience and contacts in the field to enhance your career development.

Qualifications

  • Must be a major or minor in Criminology and Criminal Justice. (Note: Internship credit cannot be substituted for upper-level minor degree requirements.)
  • A minimum of 75 credit hours completed before starting the internship.
  • A minimum of 12 credit hours completed in Criminology and Criminal Justice before starting the internship.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the end of the semester preceding the start of the internship.

Requirements

  • A minimum of 160 work hours must be applied to the internship during the semester (approximately 10-12 hours per week)
  • Work out an acceptable schedule with your agency supervisor.
  • Provide your own transportation.
  • Keep a log of hours and activities to be turned in at the end of the semester to internship coordinator.
  • A written paper will be required on your internship experience in which you attempt to integrate your experience with what you have learned in the classroom.

Application Process

Application forms are available online at: http://www.unl.edu/eskridge/cj397index.html. Please fill out the application form and rank your choices of agency placements (top four). This form should be turned in to Dr. Chris Eskridge, the Internship Coordinator early in the semester preceding the semester you plan to complete the internship. You will receive three hours of internship credit (CRIM 397) under the Pass/No Pass option.

Internship Agency Work Descriptions

The following descriptions provide   information on a wide range of opportunities available.  Other agencies may be available for   internships, so inquire if you have another agency you want to be considered   for internship credit.  Agencies not on   the list must be approved by the Internship Coordinator.

CORRECTIONS

Agency

Typical Activities

Diagnostic and Evaluation Center

Work with professional staff interviewing and compiling information   on newly arrived legal offenders, assessing their needs for written reports   and placement within the correctional system.    Possible paid internship. www.corrections.state.ne.us/dec.html  

Lancaster County Corrections

Interns are typically involved in booking, transport, control center   activities, assisting the work release coordinator, etc. www.lancaster.ne.gov/correct

Lincoln Correctional Center

Typically assist unit case worker in coordination and observation of   inmate activities, providing basic needs to inmates, inspections,   disciplinary hearings.  Interns receive   special training during the first few weeks.    Possible paid internship. www.corrections.state.ne.us/lcc.html  

Nebraska Department of Correctional Services

Work on special projects. www.corrections.state.ne.us  

Nebraska State Penitentiary

Interns will assist in maintaining security, supervise inmates,   assist in caseload functions and assist with inmate orientation to housing   unit.  Another opportunity may be   possible with the Emergency Preparedness Program.  Possible paid internship. www.corrections.state.ne.us/nsp.html  

COMMUNITY   CORRECTIONS/PROBATION/PAROLE

Agency

Typical Activities

Lancaster County Community Corrections

This internship exposes interns to the daily operations of the county   court system and community corrections programming including screening,   community service and pretrial diversion services. www.lancaster.ne.gov/commcorr/index.htm  

Lancaster County Drug Court

Interns are involved in assisting supervision officers with intensive   supervision, drug testing, sitting in on drug court sessions, some data   collection and computer work. www.lancaster.ne.gov/commcorr/drugcourt  

Nebraska State Parole (Adult)

Interns are involved in revocation investigations, Parole Board   hearings, interviewing parolees and some home visits. www.corrections.state.ne.us/parole.html  

Nebraska State Probation (Adult)

Interns are typically involved in interviewing defendants for PSI   reports, supervision of probationers and will observe revocation   proceedings.  Note: Additional   application form required. www.supremecourt.ne.gov/probation   (Adult Programs)

Nebraska State Probation (Juvenile)

Interns are typically involved in interviewing juvenile defendants,   observation of court proceedings and supervision of juvenile probationers. www.supremecourt.ne.gov/probation   (Juvenile Services)

Nebraska State Probation Administration

Work with Nebraska Probation Administration to streamline probation   operations throughout the state. www.supremecourt.ne.gov/probation  

United States Probation (Adult)

Interns are typically involved in interviewing federal defendants,   assisting with reports, and observation of court proceedings. www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourts/ProbationPretrialServices.aspx  

COURTS AND LEGAL

Agency

Typical Activities

Gage County Attorney

Assist attorneys with cases and attend court hearings. www.gagecountynebraska.us/webpages/attorney/attorney.html  

Lancaster County Attorney (Juvenile Division)

Assist attorneys with background work in prosecution of cases.   Placement will be with the Chief Deputy of the Juvenile Division. www.lancaster.ne.gov/attorney/Juvenile.htm  

Lancaster County Public Defender

Interns work with the investigator to provide information to   attorneys.  They will interview   witnesses, write reports and may attend court.  At times, they may assist with court   hearing docket call, filing motions, letters, etc. and witness interviews. www.lancaster.ne.gov/pdefen

Legal Aid of Nebraska

Assist attorneys with preparation of civil and juvenile cases.  Legal research as requested by attorneys   and may attend court. http://legalaidofnebraska.com/  

Legislative Judiciary Committee (spring only)

Interns are involved in research related to proposed bills.

Nebraska Attorney General’s Office (Consumer Protection Div.)

Interns handle consumer fraud complaints.  Act as a neutral mediator between consumers   and businesses, and educate consumers. www.ago.ne.gov/consumer_protection  

Nebraska State Court Administrator

Interns are typically involved in court management research   projects.  Past projects have included   court workload reviews, sentencing guidelines, citizen’s handbook on courts,   and retention of judges. www.supremecourt.ne.gov/9/administrative-office-courts  

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Agency

Typical Activities

Citizenship and Immigration Service

Interns assist Immigration Officers with citizenship and immigration   fraud investigations. Note: Early application is required because of   background checks. www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis  

Hall County Sheriff

Work on warrants, special projects ride-along with deputies, etc. www.hcgi.org/content.lasso?page=6114  

Lancaster County Sheriff

Work on warrants, special projects, ride-along with deputies,   etc.  Note: Additional application form   required. www.lancaster.ne.gov/sheriff  

Lincoln Police Department

Interns are assigned to a division such as Forgery, Technical   Investigations, Youth Aid, Community Service, Records, Criminal   Investigations, Liquor and Vice Inspections, etc. Opportunity to ride-along   with officers.  Note: Additional   Lincoln Police Department application form required.  The Lincoln Police Department will review   applications and make final selections. www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/police  

Nebraska State Patrol

Interns are assigned to a division such as Criminal Identification,   Criminal Investigations, Research & Planning, Drug Investigations,   Carrier Enforcement, Traffic, Training Academy K-9, Sex Offender Registry,   Criminal Investigative Analysis, etc.    Opportunity to ride-along with troopers.  Note: Additional State Patrol application   form and resume is required.  The State   Patrol will review applications and make final selections. https://statepatrol.nebraska.gov

United States Marshal’s Office

Interns are typically involved in transporting prisoners, office   work, executing miscellaneous Federal District Court orders and attending   court proceedings.  Note: Early   application is required because of background checks. www.justice.gov/marshals

United States Secret Service (Omaha)

Accompany special agents and learn various aspects of the position   including protection and counterfeit investigation. Assist special   agents.  Note: Early application is   required because of extensive background checks. www.secretservice.gov

UNL Campus Police

Assist with special projects and have an opportunity for ride along. www.police.unl.edu

 

VICTIM ASSISTANCE

Agency

Typical Activities

Friendship Home

Shelter for abused women and children.  Interns work as women’s advocate or   children’s advocate.  Some involvement   with support groups.  Note:  Includes 20 hours of training. www.friendshiphome.org

Voices of Hope

(Formerly Rape/Spouse Abuse Crisis Center)  Working on crisis phone line giving   information to victims on resources available.  May work on special research projects.  Note:    Requires initial training. www.voicesofhopelincoln.org  

Victim-Witness Unit Lincoln Police Dept.

Contacting victims and witnesses regarding police and court actions,   education on criminal justice processes, accompanying victims to court. www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/police/vwindex.htm  

 

YOUTH/JUVENILE SERVICES

Agency

Typical Activities

Cedar’s Youth Services

Work in programming with youth in residential treatment juvenile   diversion services, teen court or the Freeway Station (a short-term placement   for troubled youth - home setting).    Note: Additional application form required. www.cedars-kids.org

Center on Children, Families & the Law

The Center on Children, Families and the Law is a multi-disciplinary   that seeks to enhance the well-being of children, youth, and families through   research, policy analysis, and community service.  Interns assist in the development of   training materials for child welfare and juvenile justice professionals who   work for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. www.ccfl.unl.edu/

Douglas County Juvenile Assessment Center

The Douglas County Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) serves as the   focal point for intake, assessment, service referrals and case management.   The JAC functions to limit penetration of juveniles into the formal juvenile   justice system.  Interns are trained to   administer the assessment instruments, and after being trained, to carry a   small caseload.   Interns also have the   opportunity to be involved in community initiatives and interact with   community service providers.   http://www.douglascounty-ne.gov/jaccms/  

Child Protective Services

Child Protective Services works with abused, neglected, dependent,   and/or delinquent youth to ensure that they are placed into a permanent   healthy and caring environment, help them heal, and keep them safe from   future harm or maltreatment.  http://dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/Pages/jus_jusindex.aspx  

Juvenile Diversion

Juvenile Diversion interns receive hands on experience and training   on all the various components of the programs and services provided.  Interns serve in an active role alongside   staff working directly with clients and families including: the facilitation   of intakes, assessment, case management, co-facilitation of educational   groups, and Teen Court operations. See generally www.cedars-kids.org

 

Juvenile Reentry Project

 

Work with youth who have been released from either detention or from   a youth rehabilitation center, and assist them with their re-entry into the   community.  Interns will coordinate   their activities with the Re-Entry Project staff, the Nebraska Department of   Health & Human Services, and the Lincoln Public Schools. www.dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/pages/jus_ojsindex.aspx  

Juvenile Services Office

Assist Juvenile Service Officers in the supervision of juveniles who   have become state wards.  Visitations   at schools, group homes, correctional facilities and court hearings.   Note: Additional application form   required. www.dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/pages/jus_ojsindex.aspx  

Lancaster County Juvenile Drug Court (JDC)

The Lancaster County Juvenile Drug Court (JDC) serves youth between   the ages of 15-18 youth with identified alcohol and/or drug problems. The JDC   team monitors and works closely with the youth and family to address youth’s   substance use and other related problems.    The JDC is a voluntary post adjudication program and youth are on a   conditional release while in the program.     http://lancaster.ne.gov/juvenile  

Teen Court

Interns receive hands on experience and training on all various   components of the programs and services provided.  Interns serve in an active role alongside   staff working directly with clients and families including:  the facilitation of intakes, assessment,   case management, co-facilitation of weekly Teen Court proceedings.  Interns should be available every Thursday   from 3 to 6 pm for Teen Court.  See   generally www.cedars-kids.org

Nebraska juvenile Justice Association

Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association works with organizations   statewide, serving as a general resource, and more specifically, providing   training for those who work with youth and families.  www.njja.org  

 

OTHER

Agency

Typical Activities

CenterPointe

Work with adult or youth whose drug/alcohol problems require   residential services or work in Drug Crisis Center which provides 24-hour   Crisis Line counseling for people with drug/alcohol related problems.  Note:    Includes training. www.centerpointe.org  

Nebraska Crime Commission

Interns are typically assigned a project that involves some data   collection and analysis and report writing.    Usually contact with various correctional (Jail Standards) and law   enforcement agencies. www.ncc.ne.gov/CC.htm  

Nebraska Department of Insurance (Fraud Division)

Interns are involved with case file review, contacting insurance   companies and complainants, gathering questions and accompanying investigator   on interviews.  Research for anti-fraud   presentations. www.doi.nebraska.gov/fraud/ifpdindex.htm