Internship requirements

Internships require:
  • a minimum GPA:
    • cumulative GPA 3.0 overall or
    • 3.0 in criminal justice course work or
    • permission of internship director
  • the completion of a minimum number of credit hours:
    • junior standing (completion of 60 hours or more) with at least 15 credit hours of criminal justice courses or
  • permission of internship director

What the credit hours will count for

Flagstaff campus students

A maximum of six credit hours may be applied to your criminal justice elective requirements; the remaining hours may be applied to general electives.

Statewide BAS students

A maximum of three credit hours can be applied to your criminal justice emphasis; the remaining hours may be applied to general.

Credit hours

Approximately 50 hours of internship work is required for each credit hour of college credit. Summer internships can be 15 weeks and valued the same as fall or spring semester with prior approval of the internship director.

Internships are subject to minimum and maximum credit-hour requirements depending on when the internship placement occurs:

Term

Minimum credit hours

Maximum credit hours

15-week fall or spring semester

3

12

10-week summer session

3

9

Hours worked vs. credit hours

The approximate breakdown of hours worked to credit hours is given below:

15-week spring or fall semester

Hours worked per week

Hours worked per semester

Credit hours

10

150

3

20

300

6

30

450

9

40

600

12

10-week summer semester 

Hours worked per week

Hours worked per semester

Credit hours

20 

200

4

30

300

6

40

400

8

Restrictions 

There are restrictions on receiving class credit for internships:

  • if you did work in the semester or semesters prior to submission and approval of internship application, you will not receive credit
  • you may not intern at an organization you’re currently working at without prior approval from the internship director and agency

Insurance

When you are working at your internship site, you are not insured by the university for injury or harm you may cause to others. Some agencies, however, do insure their interns; ask the agency if this insurance is available.