Registration is necessary to intern at a placement site. Please speak to Associate Professor Cory Watkins or your advisor regarding registration.

In order to qualify (academically) to register for criminal justice internship credits, you must meet the following criteria:

  • criminal justice major in last 30 hours of study
  • All CJ core courses complete, with a grade of C or better in each core course. These are
    • CCJ3014 (Crime in America)
    • CCJ3024 (Criminal Justice System)
    • CJL 3510 (Prosecution and Adjudication)
    • CJC3010 (Corrections and Penology)
    • CJE4014 (Police and Society)
    • CCJ4701 (Research Methods in Criminal Justice)
    • CCJ4746 (Data Analysis for Criminal Justice) this applies only to those students who are enrolled under the catalog year of 2012 or later
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 or better


These are only the academic qualifications enforced by the UCF’s criminal justice undergraduate program. Please understand that no individual agency or organization is bound by these criteria. Some agencies have far more stringent criteria. In addition, it is important to understand that many agencies will not accept interns with poor or even not-so-good driving records! Most criminal justice agencies will conduct at least a cursory background check, and some agencies will do a full-scale investigation, calling your references, as well as “developed references,” or references whose names they get from asking your references or others who know you. If you have used drugs, you may want to check the policies of the organizations you are interested in, prior to making application. The level of tolerance for past indiscretions varies from agency to agency.

“This internship exceeded any expectations that I had. From day one, I was treated like an actual employee …”

Taylor Bork – State Fire Marshal Intern

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