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What is the Criminal Justice Internship course?

The Criminal Justice Internship course (T CRIM 498) is aimed at providing students with an opportunity to learn through experience while receiving academic credit. The course is restricted to students who are Criminal Justice majors with senior status. A description of further prerequisites are articulated on the CJ Internship Fact Sheet.


  • Criminal Justice major
  • Senior status
  • All interns must have a recommendation form completed by a professor or lecturer from the Social Work and Criminal Justice Program (Social Work or Criminal Justice faculty).
  • All interns must complete an internship contract and provide an unofficial UW Tacoma transcript reflecting a 2.5 overall grade point average (GPA).
  • All interns must have completed T CRIM 371: Helping Skills in Criminal Justice with a minimum 2.0 final grade.
  • All interns must have completed at least one of the following courses with a minimum of a 2.0 final grade:
    • T CRIM 370: Police and Society
    • T CRIM 372: Adult Corrections
    • T CRIM 360: Youth and Juvenile Justice Systems
    • T CRIM 395: American Criminal Courts

Required documents

Available internships

Lakewood Police Department

They are looking for an individual who has a very strong interest in pursuing a career as a law enforcement officer. Lakewood will provide their intern with a variety of interesting experiences working directly with patrol officers, detectives, specialty units, support and administrative staff. The intern will be exposed to all aspects of policing and that will include conducting at least one ride-along with patrol officers, and active exposure to investigations, evidence response, court proceedings and special projects.

Review the internship description.

Washington State Department of Corrections, Lakewood Field Office

The interns will work with other Washington State Department of Corrections, Community Corrections Officers (probation and parole) (CCO). The type of duties will include filing paperwork, sitting in on interviews with CCOs and offenders, learning the various systems we use every day on the job. They will also learn and help create DOC violation reports and will ride along with senior staff to conduct home and field visits. They will also learn the process of intake, high-risk situation interviews, and completing Offender Needs Assessments. Interns will also assist with clerical duties, attend trainings with CCOs and attend meetings.

Review the internship description.

Pierce County Juvenile Court

Several internship opportunities are available! Time commitments will be discussed with the interns, but one academic year plus enrollment in T CRIM 498 this spring is preferred. 

Review the internship description.

Department of Assigned Council

The Department of Assigned Counsel (DAC) provides mandated legal services to indigent persons accused of crimes. Student interns will have the opportunity to become involved in criminal defense case preparation.

A time commitment is required; please review the internship description PDF for details. Enrollment in T CRIM 498 during spring quarter is preferred.

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to Dr. Barb Toews, who will forward your materials to the agency.

Review the internship description.

Internship agencies

Relevant internships might include the following areas:

  • Federal, state or local police agency
  • Pre-trial, probation, parole
  • Adult or juvenile corrections
  • State or federal court
  • Criminal or immigration law
  • Juvenile justice
  • Appropriate private security
  • Non-profit  agencies which provide support to victims; witnesses; and the accused
  • Other relevant entities that provide support to the criminal justice system such as emergency management organizations, forensic laboratories, medical examiner’s offices, etc.

When to apply

T CRIM 498 is limited to 20 students, so it is imperative that you apply as early as possible.  You can apply in Winter Quarter, and need not wait until registration begins for Spring Quarter.  All applications must be complete and submitted three weeks prior to the first day of the quarter.

How to apply

  1. Secure an internship. There are two ways:
    • The student can secure their internship individually. Internships secured in this manner must be approved by the department. To do this, you should provide details to Dr. Barb Toews via email at
    • The student will receive internship opportunities via email from the Social Work and Criminal Justice department. These are pre-approved and the student will follow the application directions as detailed by the agencies.
  2. Obtain a Criminal Justice Faculty Recommendation. This form is titled CJ INTERNSHIP RECOMMENDATION.
    • Upon completion, referee should email a pdf of the recommendation to Dr. Toews at
  3. Both the student and agency should complete their portions of the CJ INTERNSHIP CONTRACT.
    • Submit the CJ Internship Contract, along with unofficial UWT transcripts, as attachments in an email to
  4. Enroll in the course during the Registration Period.
    • An add code will be provided after all material has been submitted and reviewed.

Resume Assistance for Internship Positions

All students have a need for an updated resume and Career Development is here to assist! You can make an appointment with Career Development to help create and update your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile. To schedule an appointment, please call 253-692-4421, email, or visit