9th Edition

Criminal Justice Internships
Theory Into Practice

ISBN 9781138231665
Published December 16, 2016 by Routledge
228 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

USD $56.95

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Book Description

Criminal Justice Internships: Theory into Practice, 9th 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 for pre-planning and assessment activities. With more and more programs offering or requiring internships as a graduation requirement, McBride offers students a means of enhancing their credentials and gaining a foothold in a competitive job market.

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 also serves as a reference tool for professors and supervisory personnel who assist and supervise students during their internships. Divided into four sections—Pre-internship Considerations, Professional Concerns, Role of the Organization, and Assessment and Career Planning—this book offers resources to enrich the experience of the student and lay the foundation for future professional success. Suitable for all Criminal Justice, Justice Studies, and Pre-law undergraduate programs, Criminal Justice Internships is useful as well 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: Guidelines

PART III. The Role of the Organization

9. Organizational Characteristics: Formal and Informal Structures
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 retired Commissioner of University Police for the State University of New York. He is also retired from his position as professor at Utica College, where he served as Executive Director of the Economic Crime and Justice Studies Division and Director of the Economic Crime Management program. At Utica, he coordinated the criminal justice internship program, which allowed for semester-based study placements in the United States and overseas. Dr. McBride holds bachelor 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.


Criminal Justice Internships: Theory into Practice is a welcome addition to our Learner Researchers' repertoire as they begin their exploration into internship opportunities. In his latest edition, Bruce McBride has done a fabulous job providing insight into this daunting and often intimidating world of social and criminal justice, as practitioner and internship host. --Director Lonnie C. Croal, MA, CEC, CACE, School of Justice & Public Safety Professional Programs, Columbia College – Calgary

Criminal Justice Internships: Theory into Practice is noteworthy for its comprehensive coverage of all aspects of academic internships with a focus on the unique issues of experiential education in criminal justice. Dr. McBride addresses a wide range of important topics pertaining to the internship process, including timely concerns not commonly discussed in comparable texts, such as social media and networking, political, economic and legal factors and ethical concerns. The book serves as a relevant and useful text for courses dealing with careers in criminal justice.—Jay S. Berman, Ph.D., Department of Criminal Justice, New Jersey City University

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