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10th Edition

Criminal Justice Internships
Theory Into Practice

ISBN 9780367519315
Published May 5, 2021 by Routledge
250 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Criminal Justice Internships: Theory Into Practice, Tenth Edition, guides the student, instructor, and internship site supervisor through the entire internship process, offering advice and information for use at the internship site as well as pre-planning and assessment activities. With increasingly more programs offering or requiring internships, the need for guidance is answered by McBride's counsel, offering students a means of enhancing their credentials and gaining a foothold in a competitive job market.

Divided into four sections―Pre-internship Considerations, Professional Concerns, The Role of the Organization, and Assessment and Career Planning―this book offers resources to enrich the student's experience and lay the foundation for future professional success. Students learn basics such as choosing an internship site at either a public agency or a private firm, résumé-writing techniques, effective use of social networks, interviewing skills, and the importance of setting and developing goals and assessing progress.

The book serves as a reference tool for professors and supervisory personnel who assist and supervise students during their internships. Suitable for all Criminal Justice, Justice Studies, Financial Crimes and Cybersecurity Investigations, and Pre-law undergraduate programs, Criminal Justice Internships is also useful in Social Sciences programs with a service-learning component.

Table of Contents


PART I. Pre-Internship Considerations

1. Introduction to Internships

2. Preparing for Your Internship in the Age of Transparency

3. The Placement Process

PART II. Professional Concerns

4. Setting Goals and Identifying Educational Objectives

5. Your Role as an Intern

6. Being a Participant-Observer

7. Intern Supervision

8. Ethics in Practice

PART III. The Role of the Organization

9. Organizational Characteristics

10. Political, Economic, and Legal Factors

11. Organizational Goals and Relationships

12. Using Information and Technology as Crime-Fighting Tools

PART IV. Assessment and Career Planning

13. Assessing Your Experience

14. Career Planning



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R. Bruce McBride is Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at Utica College. He is also the former Commissioner of University Police for the State University of New York. At Utica, he served as Executive Director of the Economic Crime, Justice Studies, and Cybersecurity Department. He also coordinated the criminal justice internship program, which allowed for field study placements in the United States and overseas. Dr. McBride holds bachelor's and master’s degrees from the State University of New York at Oswego and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University at Albany. He is a past president of the Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State. He continues to serve on the Municipal Police Training Council, which coordinates police and correctional training for New York State.    


"I like that the chapters are straightforward, easy to comprehend, and typically full of pertinent information. I had reviewed several internship texts, and this was definitely my top pick."

Professor Ann Dirks-Linhorst, Ph.D., J.D., Criminal Justice Studies, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville