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Internship Program Philosophy Requirements and Evaluation
Eligibility Placement Sites Application

Internship Program

The Saint Anselm College, Criminal Justice Internship program was established in 1974. The goal of the Internship Program is to foster an academically oriented field placement, which allows students to receive college credit for work performed in criminal justice and related agencies of their choosing. The student remains under supervision of both the professional work site and the Criminal Justice Department.

For qualified students, internships may occur in the summer, fall, or spring semester. Fall and spring semester internships are only available to senior, criminal justice majors. The Summer Internship is offered through the college summer school program and is available to any student in good academic standing. A full time internship requires forty (40) hours per week at the work site and is the academic equivalent of four (4) courses, for which the student earns twelve (12) college credits upon successful completion. A part time internship requires twenty (20) hours per week at the work site and is equivalent of two (2) courses, for which the student earns six (6) college credits upon successful completion.

Program Philosophy

The philosophy of the Criminal Justice Internship Program is consistent with the philosophy of Saint Anselm College. It is designed to allow an opportunity for career exploration and experiential learning within the context of the liberal arts education. As such, it is intended to enhance the educational experience in a manner that is complimentary, not supplementary to the academic process.

The purpose of a liberal education, preparation for useful and productive lives and the development of human potential, is more fully realized by providing students an opportunity to apply the values and intellectual skills acquired in the classroom to their chosen field or profession.

By providing students with an opportunity to integrate theoretical principles with practical experience, the internship program will assist students in realizing the significance of a broad-based liberal arts education in addressing the problems and realities of their chosen profession and of adult life in general.

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Requirements and Evaluation

Field Evaluations

Each agency assigns one person as the intern's immediately supervisor who is also responsible for all subsequent evaluations and communication with the Criminal Justice Department. In order to ensure that students receive a meaningful and relevant experience, the Criminal Justice Department requires that agencies utilize interns to their fullest ability in various phases of their operations and in a direct and active manner. While it is expected that interns will offer clerical assistance as needed, under no circumstances should interns function in a menial capacity or to solely provide a clerical support function. Interns are expected to perform as fully functioning members of the agency or program, to hold responsible positions and to perform duties similar or equivalent to those of any entry level professional. Toward this objective, students are required to complete three (3) written evaluations of their internship experience and to report all assignments to the Department's Internship Director. Additionally, the Department's Internship Director will periodically contact the field supervisor to discuss the specific work assignments as well as the intern's performance. Finally, the field supervisor will complete and submit to the Department, three (3) written evaluations of the intern. These evaluations facilitate the monitoring process and assist in determining the student's final grade.


As the goal of the college is to foster an academic internship experience, students are expected to attend a seminar on campus that meets three (3) times throughout the semester. Internship supervisors are requested to allow students release time to attend these meetings.

The internship seminar will help students to identify and become more aware of the talents they have developed at Saint Anselm College within the Criminal Justice Program. It will also effectively demonstrate that it is the intellectual abilities of comprehensive reading, critical analysis, synthesis of ideas and written and oral communications, in contrast to more narrowly defined educational goals, that will be the most applicable and essential to successful career development.

Research Paper

The research paper is intended to demonstrate familiarity with the literature of the intern’s chosen field as well as the ability to analyze an issue of topical concern in that profession. The paper should also exhibit an ability to integrate theoretical principles with practical, in-service experiences.

A letter grade is assigned based upon the completion and quality of the research paper, seminar performance, and the evaluations of the field supervisor.

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Eligibility for the internship semester requires students to be in good academic standing. A minimum GPA of 2.0 overall and 2.3 in the major is required. Students must also participate in an interview to assess their general maturity and readiness. Internship placement is a selective and competitive process and is not automatically guaranteed.

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Placement Sites

While new placements are continually being developed in accordance with students' interests, the following page is a directory of some of the agencies that have been successfully affiliated with the Saint Anselm College, Criminal Justice Internship Program.

Federal Agencies

United States Federal Probation Office
United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
United States Development of Housing and Urban Development
United States Marshal Service
United States Department of State
United States Postal Inspection Service
United States Department of Homeland Security

Law Enforcement

Municipal State Agencies
Salem, New Hampshire New Hampshire State Police
Goffstown, New Hampshire New Hampshire Fish & Game
Manchester, New Hampshire Massachusetts State Police
Boston, Massachusetts New Jersey State Police


Hillsborough County, Attorney's Office, NH
Hillsborough County Attorney's Office, Victim-Witness Assistance Program, NH
Manchester District Court, Domestic Violence Unit, NH
Brockton District Court, Brockton, MA
Quincy District Court, Quincy, MA
Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire, Inc.


New Hampshire Department of Corrections Field Offices
New Hampshire Department of Corrections Research and Planning Division
New Hampshire Parole Board Office
Boston Court Municipal Probation Department, MA

Juvenile and Related Justice Agencies

Goffstown District Court Juvenile Services Office, NH
Greater Derry District Court Juvenile Diversion Program, NH
Salvation Army, NH
John H. Sununu Youth Services Center, NH

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Application for Internships

The deadlines for applying are:

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - November 15
  • Summer Term - April 15

NOTE: Federal internships require a lengthy application process with separate deadlines. Students considering a federal internship should apply a minimum of 6 months in advance. Consult Internship Director for deadlines.

Apply to: 
Elaine Rizzo, Ph.D., Director, Internship Program, (603) 641-7078,

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