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Internships and Research

Experiential learning — the hands-on approach that gets you real world experience — is invaluable in our field. That's why we require criminal justice majors to complete an internship before graduation and offer research project opportunities where you'll work directly with a faculty member.

Our the faculty-student relationship is very important. All criminal justice majors conduct research, but students may also enroll in an independent study course and work on a project with a faculty member directly. York College’s criminal justice program also emphasizes experiential learning. Students are encouraged to work for Campus Safety and to pursue internships on the local, state and federal levels. Download a transcript of this video.

  • Internship info

    Internships are your window into a realistic and practical view of the system that we can't teach you in the classroom.

    Our students have been exceptional in finding internships, such as with juvenile and adult detention facilities, the district attorney's office, security firms, and crime labs. The major also maintains close ties with many local organizations that provide services to crime victims, juveniles and others in the local community and can facilitate volunteer placement with the organizations to enable students to gain valuable career experience, and often, specialized training.

    Students are eligible for placement once they have successfully completed 60 semester hours and have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

    View a list of Criminal Justice Internships.

  • Research project info

    In the classroom, research projects provide in-depth analysis as you work with one-on-one with a faculty member. Students have helped faculty members study determinants of fear of crime and satisfaction with police, evaluate date rape prevention programs, organize career days, conduct community surveys and more.

    Some resulted in publications or presentations. One example: PJ Verrecchia and Robyn Arp '14, recently published the article "Family structure in Pennsylvania and its effect on delinquent acts: a data analysis," published in the International Journal of Criminology and Sociology.  

Contact Us
Criminal Justice
Amie R. Scheidegger, Ph.D., Coordinator
Appell Life Sciences, Room 346
Phone: 717.815.6577
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