In recent years, our students have served as interns at locations such as the New York State Supreme Court, U.S. Pretrial Services, the Office of Attorney General in Philadelphia, the Legal-Aid Society, Children’s Law Center, and American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut.
For a comprehensive list of internship possibilities, please see the Administrative Assistant for the Criminology Undergraduate Program, Ms. Sarah Spencer in SAC 204.
One internship program to consider for the spring or fall semester is The Washington Center (TWC). In economic terms, a full-time internship through TWC is an excellent option. Students pay Villanova tuition (no room & board) and TWC provides housing (students are responsible for travel and food). There are also stipends available for selected placements. Below is an overview of TWC written by Nicole Accurso ’13, a senior majoring in Criminal Justice:
There is no better way to start off your career than with an internship. At The Washington Center (TWC), internships will help you develop the skills needed to succeed in the "real world.” You will build confidence because you will be immersed with professionals. Instead of being assigned insignificant tasks, you will be working among these professionals in whichever field you choose. You will even create a portfolio, in which you will document, analyze, and evaluate each and every experience. Not only will this provide others with details about what you've done, but it will give you satisfaction and a huge sense of accomplishment. By having an internship at The Washington Center, your eyes will open up to the talents you never knew you had. You will be challenged and discover new ways of thinking and communicating.
No matter what your areas of interest are, you can find a program for you at TWC. The programs include Political Leadership, Business and Management, Law and Criminal Justice, Media and Communication, and Advocacy, Service, and Arts, among so many others. Alumni of TWC have leadership positions in virtually every profession. In addition to the actual internship, there is an academic course component. Taking classes that complement your internship gives you the chance to receive college credit and get the most out of the whole experience as possible. TWC is unique in this regard because it integrates academics with real-world experience.
One of the best parts about this program is the fact that it is located in one of the most fascinating cities in the country. Washington, D.C. is an excellent place that combines entertainment with learning and working. TWC houses students in furnished apartments in the heart of D.C., therefore immersing them with people living and working there. A few other benefits of the program include its year-round operation, with fall and spring semesters and even a summer term, and its commitment to giving financial assistance. TWC allows more than 75 percent of interns to receive financial aid. TWC truly tries to make it possible for anyone to be a part of such a wonderful experience. To learn more about TWC, read one of their many brochures, or visit their website at www.twc.edu.
Nonprofit, Educational, Health, and Social Services Organizations
The Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) is a consortium of 33 colleges and universities in the greater Philadelphia area which works to strengthen Philadelphia's service & service learning communities. PHENND provides updates of local events, resources, national conferences, grant, volunteer and job opportunities in the higher education and nonprofit sectors.
The Idealist website provides offers ways for to “do something good,” including job and internship listings, volunteer opportunities, and events.
Links provided by the American Sociological Society
Find internships and even entry-level jobs based on your city of choice at Intern Match. Check the site out frequently as most opportunities require you to submit your application within a short timeframe.
The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project is a national effort to help local, state, and federal policymakers and criminal justice and mental health professionals improve the response to people with mental illnesses who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Research for Action (RFA) is a Philadelphia-based, non-profit organization engaged in educational research, evaluation, and strategic advice. Founded in 1992, we work with public school districts, postsecondary institutions, and educational and community organizations to improve the educational opportunities for those traditionally disadvantaged.
Resources for Human Development (RHD) is a comprehensive, nonprofit, social service organization with headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa. Since 1970, RHD has provided a wide range of human services for the most vulnerable members of our society. People with developmental disabilities, mental illness, addictions, and homeless individuals and families have all benefited from the compassionate care and support provided through RHD programs.
JEVS Human Services is a diverse human services organization with a wide-reaching effect. JEVS Human Services enhances the employability, independence, and quality of life of individuals through a broad range of programs.
Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) is a nonprofit public health institute that builds healthier communities through partnerships with government, foundations, businesses and community-based organizations. It fulfills its mission to improve the health of the community by providing outreach, health promotion, education, research, planning, technical assistance, and direct services.
Congreso is a multiservice organization with an expert focus on the Latino community. Through comprehensive education, employment, health and social services, Congreso serves more than 15,000 individuals a year.
Maternity Care Coalition (MCC) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to improve maternal and child health and wellbeing through the collaborative efforts of individuals, families, providers and communities. MCC’s comprehensive approach includes research, public policy initiatives and services for families.”
Northwestern Human Services is a community-based, nonprofit, human services provider serving the special needs of children and adults through a full range of integrated services in the areas of mental health, addictive diseases, autism, education, intellectual/developmental disabilities, juvenile justice, therapeutic family care and other specialized services.”
Job Bank via The Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations
Project H.O.M.E. empowers people to break the cycle of homelessness, address the structural causes of poverty, and attain their fullest potential as members of society.
Religions for Peace is a large international coalition of representatives from the world’s great religions dedicated to promoting peace.
United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania offers one of the most outstanding ways for individuals and corporations to make an impact on local health, education, and social service needs. The United Way advances the common good by focusing on improving education, helping people achieve financial stability, and promoting healthy lives, and by mobilizing millions of people to give, advocate, and volunteer to improve the conditions in which they live.
Government & Public
City of Philadelphia --> see Section 5: Human Services, Community Services and Corrections and Section 6: Public Safety, Inspection and Communications
U.S. Government - Federal jobs and employment information
One easy way of obtaining information about careers in criminal justice is to visit state civil service websites. For example, the Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission website is a rich and readily available source of employment information.