Freshman Year

  • Focus on completion of General Education courses
  • Take career assessment inventories to explore personal interest, values, and personality types.
  • Meet with program advisor to discuss program requirements.  Scholar track requires completion of ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 with specific grade (B or better).
  • Meet with career services to compose resume
  • Investigate student clubs and organizations.
  • Join Lambda Alpha Epsilon Pre-professional Criminal Justice Fraternity (Must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA, complete 10 hours of combined community service hours as well as fundraisers)
  • Attend Workshop on Undergraduate Research

Sophomore Year

  • Continuation of General Education courses
  • Suggested completion of CJE 3001 Careers in Criminal Justice course.
  • Participate in externship (contact experiential Learning/Career Resource Center)
  • Explore various information on related criminal justice careers: Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement/Policing, FBI/CIA/DEA/ICE, Homeland Security, Boader patrol, Crime analysis, Victim Advocate/Counseling/domestic Violence/Social Work, Investigation, law school, and Graduate School/Academic Profession.
  • Seek non-credit internship or volunteer opportunities within Criminal Justice field.
  • Explore related minors with program advisor
  • Update resume
  • Seek information on student groups/organizations (LAE, etc.).
  • Seek program advising
  • Meet with the Criminal Justice Internship Director to begin the application process
  • Make an application to the PHI THETA OMEGA Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (Requirement: declared major/minor, 3 full time semesters, 3.2 GPA, top 35% of class, and four courses in Criminal Justice)
  • Attend Workshop on Undergraduate Research
  • Apply for a UCF Student Research Grant (March, July, October)
  • Summer Research Academy Application

Junior Year

  • Complete CCJ 4054 – CJ Ethics.
  • Enroll in certificate courses if applicable to career goals.
  • Join the UCF Criminal Justice Group (LAE) and participate in networking and volunteering activities
  • Obtain information about qualifying to join the Criminal Justice Honor Society.
  • Review Honors in the Major program
  • Review Senior Scholar Program
  • Review Scholars Track courses
  • Review the Leads scholars Program
  • Consider study abroad courses (England)
  • Attend the Criminal Justice Career Fair (Every Spring term).
  • Attend UCF Job Fair (Give students 1 -5 points if they have to miss class to attend)
  • Seek input on your career opportunities from department and faculty advisor.
  • Participate in a criminal justice internship or internship through experiential learning
  • Participate in job shadowing activities (ride along, spend a day with a judge, a classification officer at the jail or a private investigator).
  • Begin researching graduate schools if planning to continue education.
  • Seek out a faculty Mentor (Department provide a list of faculty who is willing to work with students as their mentors)
  • Attend faculty research workshops to get to know faculty and their areas of interest
  • Visit Career Services to explore available resources.
  • Use relevant career services career related inventories.
  • Attend Career Services workshops on interviewing, resume writing, and other relevant topics.
  • Attend job fairs.
  • Register with Career Services Knight Link to have resume posted online.
  • Map out careers steps (to select the appropriate coursework as well as skill building task). Meaning going to Law School – Legal Studies minor, join moot court/ Law Enforcement – pick the appropriate classes – ride along – internship.
  • Research & Mentoring Program (RAMP)
  • Attend Workshop on Undergraduate Research
  • Apply for a UCF Student Research Grant (March, July, October)
  • Summer Research Academy Application

Senior Year

  • Continue to work with Faculty Mentor
  • Work with a peer mentor
  • Apply to graduate schools if planning to continue education. Meet with Graduate Advisor (discuss expectations, application deadlines, preparation for the GRE, etc.)
  • Develop potential list of references and request letters of recommendation from faculty/employers.
  • Participate in the Criminal Justice Honor Society if eligible.
  • Continue participation with Criminal Justice Group (LAE).
  • Attend Criminal Justice Career Fair.
  • Attend University Job Fairs
  • Update resume.
  • Continue to work with Career Services to explore specific employment opportunities.
  • Upload resume to knight link
  • Research & Mentoring Program (RAMP)
  • Attend Workshop on Undergraduate Research
  • Apply for a UCF Student Research Grant (March, July, October)
  • Summer Research Academy Application

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