Criminal Justice students have the opportunity to explore careers in the field and gain valuable hands-on experience through internship opportunities. The department currently offers three different internship opportunities:

 

Washington, D.C. Semester

Requirements

  • GPA 3.0 or above
  • Junior or Senior Status

This is a 16 credit-hour experience of graded (A-E) credit. You will need to apply early since some agencies require security clearances.

SUNY Brockport directs the Washington Internship Program. For the latest information, please visit the Washington Semester website. This site includes program informationcosts, and application forms  (application, permission sheet, housing).

Application Procedures

After completing your application (including obtaining two letters of recommendation), you must meet with Dr. Michael Cretacci, chair, Criminal Justice Department, SUNY Buffalo State (C114, Classroom Building). Dr. Cretacci must approve applications before sending them to the SUNY Brockport coordinator.

 

Upon receipt of acceptance notification from the Washington Center, you must make an appointment with Josephine Zagarella-Behrens, director, International and Exchange Office, SW 410, (716) 878-4620.   

 

Students will register for 15 credit hours of INE390. Upon completion of the Washington experience, the Washington semester coordinator reports student grades to Josephine Zagarella-Behrens. The coordinator does so for the three components of the Washington experience (research, work, and seminar). Grades will then be conferted to:

  1. Nine (9) credits in the Criminal Justice major distributed as follows:

    CRJ488 – 3 credits 
    PSC497 – 6 credits (in the Professional, Behavioral, and Social Science Electives)
     

  2. Seven (7) credits of All College electives

These credits will then count both towards the student’s criminal justice electives (included in the criminal justice GPA) and/or the student’s total credit hour requirement (120 credits) for the B.S. degree.

Financing your Washington Experience

It is highly recommended that you attend (at least one year before application) a study abroad financial information session. This session will provide information that will help you seek funding for the Washington experience as well.

  • Sample Internship Agencies
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service
  • Department of Justice, National Center for Interpol
  • Department of Justice, Criminal Division
  • Department of Justice, COPS Program
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Washington Metropolitan Police Department, Anti-Gang Division
  • Washington Metropolitan Police Department, Community Policing Division
  • D.C. Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Division
  • D.C. Office of the Attorney General, Office of Police Liaison
  • D.C. Office of the Attorney General, Juvenile Justice Division
  • Office of the U.S. Attorney, Law Enforcement Coordinator’s Office
  • Supreme Court Police Department
  • The International Association of Chiefs of Police
  • Montgomery County Maryland Police Department
  • Fairfax County Virginia Police Department

 


CRJ 488: Local Internship

 

Requirements

  • GPA of 3.0
  • Senior-level standing at time of internship
  • Completion of the Career Development Center workshops

Application

Completed applications accepted six months to a year in advance of internship. Instructor permission granted upon acceptance of completed application.

Internship Application (DOC)

Agency List (DOC)

Previous Internships

A comprehensive, supervised field experience in criminal justice and related social service agencies. Requires a minimum of 120 total internship hours in the agency and a bi-weekly academic seminar on campus. Some recent student internship experiences include:

  • Homeland Security Investigations (ICE)
  • Niagara County Sheriff's Department – Crime Analysis
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
  • Erie County Sheriff’s Department
  • Amherst Police Department
  • Buffalo Police Department
  • Cheektowaga Police Department
  • Erie Crime Analysis Center
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Marshals

 

Summer Internships

A number of federal agencies offer summer internships of interest to criminal justice majors. 

 

While the Criminal Justice Department does not offer the internship course CRJ 488 over the summer, criminal justice majors are encouraged to apply for these summer internships on their own. 

 

You will not receive college credit or faculty supervision for the summer internship; however, you will receive valauble, practical experience. 

 

Most of these agencies require you to submit a resume and cover letter. We encourage you to work with the Career Development Center (CDC) located in Cleveland Hall 306 to develop well-written materials.

Homeland Security Investigations

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in ICE’s mission. It is responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities, including the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States. HSI uses its legal authority to investigate cybercrime, export enforcement issues, financial crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, immigration crime and the smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband.

 

This is an unpaid internship. All applicants must be a citizen of the United States, enrolled at least half-time in an accredited college or university, and have and maintain a minimum 3.25/4.0 scale GPA (rare exceptions may be evaluated and approved by the SAC). Applicants will have to undergo a suitability background investigation.

 

Deadlines for applications are up to six months in advance – please plan accordingly.

 

Applications (resume, copy of transcripts, two letters of recommendation, two additional references) should be submitted to:

 

Attention: Summer Internship
Brent Goodwin
Supervisory Special Agent
Homeland Security Investigations
130 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY  14202

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the premier drug enforcement organization in the world and the only single-mission federal agency dedicated to drug law enforcement. Using unique operational and intelligence capabilities, the men and women of DEA identify, investigate, disrupt, and dismantle major drug trafficking organizations and those who facilitate them, remove drugs and violent criminals from our neighborhoods, and fight the diversion of licit drugs.

 

This is an unpaid internship. All applicants must be a citizen of the United States, enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university, classified as an undergraduate (junior or senior) - a participant cannot be graduating before the program begins, have and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and be in good standing with their academic institution. Applicants will have to undergo an extensive background check prior to being selected for the position. Prior drug usage will be a determining factor in this process.

 

Deadlines for applications are up to six months in advance – please plan accordingly.

 

Applications (cover letter, resume and copy of transcripts) should be submitted to:
Attention: Summer Internship
Dale M. Kasprzyk
Resident Agent in Charge
Drug Enforcement Administration
Buffalo Resident Office
535 Washington Street, Suite 500
Buffalo, NY 14203

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is a unique law enforcement agency in the United State Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and storage of explosives, acts of arson and bombings, acts of terrorism, and the illegal diversion of alcohol and tobacco products. They partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public they serve through information sharing, training, research and use of technology.

 

This is an unpaid internship. All applicants must be a citizen of the United States, enrolled at least half-time in an accredited college or university, be in good academic standing and maintain a minimum 2.0/4.0 scale GPA.  Applicants will have to undergo a background investigation.

 

Deadlines for applications are up to six months in advance – please plan accordingly.

National Clandestine Service

The Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) National Clandestine Service (NCS) is the covert arm of the CIA. The NCS Undergraduate Internship Program offers a limited number of talented undergraduate students the opportunity to support the NCS mission of collecting human intelligence on critical international developments. NCS interns will be part of a unique world of important events and meaningful accomplishments.

 

This is a paid internship; interns work at the CIA Headquarters facility in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. All applicants are required to be U.S. citizens, enrolled full-time in an accredited four-year US university or college, and must have completed at least one full semester of undergraduate studies at the time of the application, with at least a 3.0/4.0 scale GPA. Students selected for this program may begin their first internship the summer between sophomore and junior year, and their second internship the summer between junior and senior year. Each summer is a 90-day period/180 days total to complete the internship requirements.

 

Deadlines for applications are up to a year and a half in advance – please plan accordingly.

Federal Bureau of Investigations

FBI employees are responsible for protecting and defending the United States against terrorists and spies; upholding and enforcing the criminal laws of the United States; and providing leadership and criminal justice services to our international, federal, state, and local partners.

 

This is an unpaid internship. All applicants must be a citizen of the United States, enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university, classified as an undergraduate (Junior or Senior) - a participant cannot be graduating before the program begins, have and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale and be in good standing with their academic institution. Must be willing to participate for a term of at least 10 weeks or longer, 40 hours per week (during summer only).

 

Deadlines for applications are up to one year in advance – please plan accordingly.

Criminal Justice

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Classroom Building C114
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4517 •  Fax: (716) 878-3240

hillch@buffalostate.edu