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Internship (CRIM 180I) Requirements

Any changes after the COVID-19 restrictions end will be posted here.

1.       Students must have completed at least 90 units at the end of the semester preceding their internship but may be placed on a wait list if they are not graduating at the end of the internship semester, to ensure that graduating seniors can completed their internship requirement.
Open only to Criminology department majors. Prerequisites: CRIM 1, CRIM 2, CRIM 20 (A letter grade of a C or better must be awarded BEFORE you can register). Co-requisite: CRIM 112/FBS 114 and senior standing, or permission by instructor/internship coordinator. Students signed up for CRIM 112 or FBS 114 in their last semester are eligible to sign up for CRIM 180I internship concurrently. Graduating seniors have priority when registering.
FBS does not require internships, FBS students will be allowed to register on a space available basis but must meet the same pre-requisites.

Eligible students may be issued a permission number to register AFTER they email their DPR in PDF format to Dr. Schweizer ( and it is determined that they have met the pre-requisites.
The DPR must be in the following format:

DPR Instructions

All emails should state "Spring 2023 internship permission number request” using a student email address

After students are registered, they must quickly complete the tutorial and also upload one of the following, depending on circumstances:
The below documents are accessible in the internship sections on CANVAS
1. Internship Placement Request (If you want the department to place you)
2. Self-Placement Form (when agency is first approved Dr. Schweizer and Mrs. Rosalinda Acosta/Mabrey
3. Waiver of internship hours (if you do not desire placement)
4. A request to use current CJ related employment instead of an internship placement with another agency
The above documents are vital in determining suitable placements and also to assess the number of placements needed.  For that reason, it is important that students provide those documents before the actual start of their internship semester.
Any desired placement may not be possible if a student waits for the start of the semester to register and then submits the placement documents. Students will be directed to potential openings on a first come/first served basis.  This will occur through zoom placement meetings that are scheduled as soon as the internship section is open for registration, and only for registered students and after a student has uploaded a placement document indicating a desire to be place with an agency. 
This is not relevant for students who placed themselves, completed a waiver, or are currently employed in a qualifying capacity.
Only students who  are registered and completed the tutorial/orientation that is posted in their class section,  and a placement request, will be allowed to enter the zoom based placement meeting. 
Saturday 19 Nov at 1500
Saturday 17 Dec at 1500
Additional meetings will be posted as needed
Students who do not upload their placement request in a timely fashion, and immediately after registration, may not have the opportunity for an actual internship, and have to opt for alternative research assignments that are posted for each internship section.  These alternative assignments can also be selected by students who have health or other complications that would interfere with actual internship hours at an area agency.
Resumes will have to be uploaded within two weeks after the first internship meeting, where we will discuss the writing of a resume
DO NOT send email through CANVAS. Email Dr. Schweizer at and use your regular Fresno State student email address.

Internship Class meeting dates:

Zoom links emailed to all registered students

FALL 2022

All mandatory meetings have passed. The last optional meeting for students needing additional assistance is at 1700 on 7 December 2022.



Zoom links are posted in each internship section

Mandatory Meetings*
Date Time Location 
25 January* 1700-2000 Zoom
8 February* 1700-2000 Zoom
22 February* 1700-2000 Zoom
10 May  (as needed) 1700-2000 Zoom

Meeting Topics
Meetings remain online via Zoom. All topics and related information will be provided in an online mode and IN recordings of meetings that are linked on Canvas

1. Placement and Discussion of Job Descriptions and Applications
2. Applications and Behavioral Expectations
3. Oral Boards
4. Background Investigations
5. Psychological Testing

Students will have the opportunity to indicate their interest in an actual placement  during a placementmeeting that is held before the start of the semesterafter they are registered,  unless they have already been accepted by an agency on their own and the placement has been approved by the internship or the placement coordinator. (Dr. Schweizer and Ms. Acosta-Mabrey) After approval, such students must complete the self placement placement request and upload in on CANVAS in their internship section.

CRIM 180I SAMPLE PDF FORMS  (DO NOT USE) updated or current forms will be provided through Canvas once students are enrolled in the course.

There are  face to face internship placements for students who qualify and are also willing to perform internship hours at their own risk. The risk levels are subject to change, as agencies are may be less restrictive in accepting internship students as the Corona situation changes.

Other placements involving online activities may also be available. Students may decline actual placement and opt to complete alternative assignments to learn about CJ careers to complete the internship requirement, based on their individual situation.

It is imperative for students interested in being placed to submit the required INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT REQUEST immediately after registering for the course. Placements will be provided on a first come, first served basis and may be filled by the starting date of the fall semester.

Students currently employed in the criminal justice field or a related area, should contact Dr. Schweizer to determine if the employment hours can be used as part of the internship requirements.

Students will have access to internship course documents and additional information as soon as they are registered.

For professional experience substitution consideration, consult your assigned internship faculty prior to or during the first internship meeting.  


For more information, please contact the Internship Coordinator, Dr. H.O. Schweizer.