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Crime, Law and Society Program Internship - FAQs

When can I complete the internship for the Crime, Law and Society minor?
When should I sign up for an internship?
How do I go about signing up for the internship? Do I sign up through My Charleston?
How many hours are required for the internship?
Will I have to complete assignments for the internship?

When can I complete the internship for the Crime, Law and Society minor?
The internship should be one of the last things you do for the minor and students usually complete the internship during their final semester at the College. With that said, students should first complete SOCY 341: Criminology, POLI 203: Criminal Justice and at least one and preferably two of the three electives for the minor prior to completing the internship.

When should I sign up for an internship?
You should set up the internship the semester before you plan on completing the internship. So, if you plan to complete the internship in the fall, you should begin setting it up about half way through the previous spring semester. If you plan on completing the internship in the spring, you should begin setting it up in the fall. I would prefer that all internships are completed during the fall or spring semesters. Summer internships are generally only offered for opportunities not available during the academic year, such as SLED internships.   If you have to complete the internship during the summer, you will have to pay tuition for three credit hours during the summer term.

How do I go about signing up for the internship? Do I sign up through My Charleston?
First, contact and set up a time to meet with the director of the Crime, Law and Society program, Ann Stein. Before meeting, preview the list of internship options at http://crime-law-society-minor.cofc.edu/student-ops/internships.php and identify several sites that interest you. If you know of internship options that are not on that list, bring those as well. All new internship sites have to first be reviewed and approved by the program director. After meeting with the program director, you will receive the contact information for the internship site or sites in which you are interested. It is then up to you to set up an interview for the internship. Treat this like a job interview—dress professionally and plan on trying to impress the site supervisor.  You do not sign up for the internship through My Charleston.  Instead you will complete an Individual Enrollment Form from the Registrar.  Once you complete this form (it requires the signature of the internship site director, a description of the internship and your signature), return it to the program director to get the remaining signatures and the form will be sent on to the Registrar who will add the internship to your schedule.

How many hours are required for the internship?
For 3 academic credits, you will be required to complete approximately 120 hours of work at your placement site over the course of the semester (this is about 8-10 hours per week for a 14 week semester). Your hours should be spread out over at least 8 weeks. Thus, you cannot complete the internship in three weeks by working 40 hours per week.  You can schedule the hours with the internship site director;  most sites are usually flexible and schedule around your classes.

Will I have to complete assignments for the internship?
Yes. Since you are completing the internship for credit, you will be subject to similar expectations that come with being in a regular class. At the beginning of the semester during which the internship is being completed, the Crime, Law and Society program director will have an orientation meeting of all interns to outline the academic expectations for the internships. The expectations will generally include the following:

  • Submission of weekly journals describing your activities and what you are learning at the internship site
  • Significant writing assignments including several brief papers
  • A self-evaluation summary that challenges you to evaluate your performance at the internship site as well as the performance of the internship organization itself.
  • The internship site supervisor will also be asked to evaluate your performance during the semester.

If you have additional questions or want to set up a time to meet with the Crime, Law and Society program director, contact:

Ann Stein
Senior Instructor in Sociology
Director, Crime, Law and Society Program
(843) 953-6547
steina@cofc.edu
19 St. Philip Street, Room 104