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 encouraged to participate in an internship opportunity. Internships are available in agencies at the local, state, and federal level, such as 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 a semester or summer.

Valpo students also have the opportunity to choose from two different types of off-campus programs through the Chicago Urban Studies Program or the Washington Semester.

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

The Washington semester offers significant internships with government agencies, congressional offices, and interest groups.

Internship websites: 

For more information on internships, please contact:  
Professor Danielle Lavin-Loucks
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