All criminology students are required to do at least one internship and are encouraged to have more than one. Sociology majors not in the criminology concentration are also strongly encouraged to participate in an internship opportunity. Internships are available in agencies at the local, state, and federal level, including police departments (at local and county levels), juvenile and adult probation offices, victim assistance units, family and youth services bureaus, and the U.S. Marshals. Students earn three credit hours for 128 hours worked within the spring semester or the summer.

Valpo students also have the opportunity to choose from two different types of off-campus programs (both of which can satisfy the internship requirement) through the Chicago Urban Studies Program or the Washington Semester. In addition, some semester-long study abroad opportunities that include an internship component can be use as a student’s internship experience if they fit within the disciplines of sociology or criminology.

The Urban Studies program helps students understand the magnitude and complexity of an urban environment by analyzing and experiencing firsthand the political, social, economic, and cultural forces shaping a city.

The Washington semester provides some very similar insights, coupled with significant internships within government agencies, congressional offices, NGOs, and interest groups.

Internship websites: 

For more information on internships, please contact:  
Professor Danielle Lavin-Loucks
Internship Coordinator
Sociology & Criminology Department
Email: danielle.lavin-loucks@valpo.edu
Phone: 219.464.5004

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Examples of internship placements include:

Boys and Girls Club of Porter County

Caring Place (services and shelter for victims of domestic violence)

Cook County, IL, Adult Probation

Dayspring Women’s Center

DuPage County, IL, Juvenile Probation

Family and Youth Services Bureau

Porter County Juvenile Detention Center

Porter County PACT

Porter County Prosecutor’s Office – Victim Assistance Unit

Porter County Sheriff’s Department

U.S. Marshals Service

U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services

Valparaiso Police Department

Westville Correctional Facility