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Internships and Practicums

Department of Criminal Justice




Message to students from Criminal Justice graduate (2000) USMC Captain Craig Q. Reese, Fort Benning, GA.


"I encourage you to enjoy your time and take advantage of the many programs available to you. Learn a foreign language, develop your computer skills, and participate in internships to further your education and experience. Capt Reese These will become the basis for your leadership and knowledge making you an invaluable asset to any organization. The Criminal Justice Department at the University of Wyoming strengthened my understanding of duty and sacrifice which I have carried throughout the United States Marine Corps and continue to display to this day."

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In addition to academic training, the Criminal Justice program is geared toward providing the practical skills that will be required of persons working with criminal justice and other service delivery systems. Field placements in various agencies are available to students in their junior and senior years. Interns are given the opportunity to gain firsthand experience related to their future careers and to personally assess whether any particular role is suitable as an occupation. Internships vary between one to 12 credit hours per semester, and students are allowed to take a maximum of 12 credit hours of internships.

Examples of past and possible internships and/or practicums include:

  • ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives)
  • Marine Corp Officer Program
  • US Marshal's Office
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center)
  • Probation & Parole
  • Corrections
  • State Senators
  • Governor's Office
  • Police Departments
  • Sheriffs' Offices
  • Attorneys' Offices
  • SAFE House
  • Girls/Boys Schools
  • Department of Family Services

The objective of this course is to integrate practical criminal justice experience with academic knowledge. The student is expected both to participate in specifically assigned duties and to observe the broader activities of the sponsoring organization. Further expectations involve reflecting upon this participation and observation in the form of written assignments.

Internship Packet

Internship Application



CJ Practicums

A practicum experience provides students with both a renewed and deeper perspective on their classroom learning. Additional information and experience will enhance their ability to be successful in graduate or professional schools or as practitioners in a Criminal Justice field.

The practicum can act as a capstone course that integrates the student's prior academic work, especially courses in Criminal Justice.

The objective of a Criminal Justice Practicum is to: provide students with an opportunity to apply classroom (theoretical) learning in an agency setting; encourage the development of a professional identity, and an appropriate set of professional skills and values; help students identify or clarify their career interest; provide agencies with an opportunity to observe and evaluate potential staff; and provide students with the opportunity to conduct participant research in a justice agency.


To schedule an appointment with the Internship or Practicum Coordinator, call 766-3803 or email or to pick up a Packet come to A&S, room 223.


To contact the UW/Casper College Internship or Practicum coordinator, Shane Stone call 800-860-2398 or email

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Department of Criminal Justice

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A&S Building, Room 208

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307-766-2988

Fax: 307-766-3913


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