Professional internships serve a number of important functions.
Linking Theory with Practice:
La Salle’s mission is to foster “creative teaching that blends theory with practice, producing an educational experience with practical applications.” The link between the theories and best practices learned in class and the practical application of that knowledge in a professional setting is a quintessentially Lasallian tradition. The CJ/SOC internship allows you to take the academic ideas and theories you have learned in class and apply that knowledge in a real world, hands on setting where you will be mentored and apprenticed by experienced professionals in criminal justice, legal, government, advocacy and non-profit settings.
Building Professional Networks, Getting a Job and the Resume:
- Today It’s BOTH “What” AND “Who” You Know
Several of our students have obtained employment at the organizations where they interned. While the jump from one’s internship experience to permanent employment at the internship agency site is a possibility, the social networks developed through the internship experience are permanent, far-reaching and can aid in future employment possibilities. Internships provide students with occupational and social networks that are invaluable in a competitive, tight labor market.
- Building the Resume
Internships provide students with a way to distinguish themselves on their resumes from other job applicants adding an experiential component to their list of academic achievements.
- Testing the Waters
Internships provide students with the chance to determine if their career choice is right for them. Part of the intellectually and experiential journey of an internship and the march towards finding your vocation is trying your hand at different career possibilities. It may be the case your internship confirms what job is right for you or you may come to realize that your career interests lie elsewhere.
- Graduate School
Should you choose to attend graduate school you will have a polished scholarly research paper to submit with your graduate school application. In addition, your research paper can be included as part of your professional job portfolio.
Recent Criminal Justice and Sociology Internship Placements
Philadelphia Public Defenders Office
Pennsauken Police Department
De La Salle In Town (adjudicated male delinquents program through St. Gabe’s System)
Center Point Training Center (Mental Retardation Center)
Victim/Witness Unit United State’s Attorney Office
ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement)
Philadelphia Police Department: Crime Scene Unit
Pennsylvania Innocence Project (through Temple’s Beasley Law School)
United States Marshal’s Service (Philadelphia)
Youth Study Center (Philadelphia)
SPIN (Special People in the Northeast) – Disabilities Center
Families of Murder Victim’s Program
Montgomery County Adult Probation and Parole Department
Defenders Association of Philadelphia