The Industry

Are you looking for criminal justice internships or entry-level criminal justice jobs? Professionals in the criminal justice field help society by maintaining social order in accordance with government regulations concerning criminal justice. They work in many different environments such as local and federal government agencies, law firms, and private corporations.

Law enforcement officers, lawyers, paralegals, social service providers, IT professionals, parole and corrections officers, and teachers play important roles in the criminal justice sector.

The Internship

While you might not be on the front lines busting a drug ring during a summer criminal justice internship, you could be in an important support role and impact the lives of many people. You could be a service provider for victims, an advocate, a researcher, or a community liaison. Criminal justice internships might also train and manage volunteers or serve as a liaison between victims and advocacy groups. Your on-the-job training and mentoring will prepare you for positions at the local, state, and federal level.

Like most fields today, criminology internships are becoming increasingly digitized whether it’s using databases to identify suspects or running surveillance equipment, so use the opportunity to get familiar with the different types of technology in use as well as common office software packages including Microsoft Word and Excel.

The Career Options

Typically, there are two career paths that are taken: law enforcement or legal.

If you want to focus on dealing with crime, then law enforcement is the path for you. You have many career options within law enforcement such as a police officer, FBI agent, corporate security employee, forensic psychologist, or criminologist. There are physically active roles such as guarding the country’s borders or investigating allegations of drug trafficking, as well as roles in office settings such as carrying out cybersecurity functions. Each of these plays an important part in enforcing America’s laws.

With the legal path, you can represent individuals or businesses, or serve as a public official in courts. You can be a judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, or another role in the court system. From prosecuting white-collar criminals to offering a final judgment to dispose of a case, you’d have an important part in administering justice.

A less well-known career option is the nonprofit sector where you might be a part of education and advocacy programs on behalf of the underserved.

The Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the criminal justice field is projected to grow overall over the next decade, though the growth rate by area varies. For example, the number of police and detective jobs is expected to grow 4% over the next decade, which is slower than average, while the number of paralegal and legal assistant jobs is projected to grow 8% over the next decade, which is about average.

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