The internship course is designed to provide an experiential learning opportunity to students to prepare them for careers in justice-related fields, including courts, law enforcement, law offices, nonprofit organizations, and community-based programs. Students are required to spend a minimum of 120 hours in the internship setting. Through the internship, students gain knowledge of the structure, goals, and work procedures of an agency or office. In addition, the course is designed to promote understanding of the multiple links between coursework and workplace dynamics.

The internship is an integral part of the Justice Studies (JS) and Forensic Science (FS) undergraduate programs. All JS and FS majors are required to complete a three-unit internship course. JS majors are also able to complete a second three-unit internship for credit, under Area ‘E’. The internship is limited to JS and FS majors and minors. Students may also fulfill this major requirement through the combination of JS 140 and JS 141.

Internship Enrollment 

Please submit your completed internship materials to the JS Department at least two weeks before the start of the semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

The first step is to read our Internship FAQ's, which should answer the majority of your initial questions.

Read the Internship FAQ's

Prospective Interns

JS students should begin thinking about the kind of internship setting they would like to work in by the beginning of their junior year, and should begin the process of applying for specific internship opportunities during the semester before they intend to enroll for JS 181.

Become an intern

Internship Opportunities

Students should check the JS Department's Internship Opportunities website page, the SJSU Career Center (Handshake) and their own communities for JS related agencies offering internships.

View listed internship opportunities

Current Interns

Students are responsible for all the information provided in the syllabus and additional documents.

Read the requirements

Contact Information

Are you an organization seeking an internship student? To become one of our internship placement sites, please contact the Internship Coordinator.

Contact the Internship Coordinator