ADJ 296 Syllabus


Division:      Arts and Sciences                                                                                                         Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:    Administration of Justice


Course Number and Title:      ADJ 296, Internship


Credit Hours:  3             Hours/Wk Lecture:   Variable          Hours/Wk Lab:          Variable Lec/Lab:



I.              Catalog Description:  In order to apply criminal justice theory to practice, this course will allow the student to participate in an on-site criminal justice learning experience in a variety of criminal justice agencies.  Appropriate placements will be with police departments, sheriff’s departments, juvenile and adult probation departments, correctional institutions, and departments of social services.  Other placements will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Variable hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught:


ADJ 296 is a second semester course and is a required course in each of the three specialization areas—law enforcement, corrections, protective services (private security).  ADJ 296 does not require any special experience, prerequisites or corequisites.


III.             Required Background:


                  ENG 111 eligibility


IV.           Course Content:


A.               Introduction to Internships

B.               The Placement Process

C.               Setting Goals and Identifying Educational Objectives

D.               Your Role As An Intern

E.               Being A Participant-Observer

F.                Intern Supervision

G.               Ethics in Practice:  Guidelines

H.               Organizational Characteristics:  Formal and Informal Structures

I.                  Political, Economic, and Legal Factors

J.                Organizational Goals and Relationships

K.               Technology as a Crime-Fighting Tool

L.                Assessing Your Experience

M.               Career Planning

V.           Learner Outcomes


The student:

VI.          Evaluation

A.               will understand how to maintain a schedule at his/her field site and avoid scheduling conflicts

B.                       will understand how to maintain a log of hours, plus record sufficient detail of his/her accomplishments during scheduled agency/organization duty periods

C.                       will be able to write a mid-semester and final evaluation

D.               will be able to display politeness, cooperativeness and professionalism while at the agency/organization field site

Students will be evaluated on all materials, including mid-semester and final evaluations, which must be included in the end-of-the-semester binder.


All students must complete systematic writing assignments—letter of introduction, resume, chapter questions and synopses—as defined by faculty.

All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



VII.         This course supports the following objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives:  


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding