As a student at Truman, the experience you gain from justice systems internships gives you an important edge in the competition for future professional employment and admission to graduate and professional schools. Firms that hire new college graduates now rank internships as their most effective source of new recruits.
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How to Find Internship Opportunities
For summer internships, the best method is to explore opportunities near your hometown with local police departments and county attorney offices. For a more professional experience seek out national government agencies, some are located in St. Louis and Kansas City.
Local and city internship applications are typically due the semester before the internship starts while regional and national internship applications are due nearly a year before the internship starts. A good listing of internships is sited below. Standard tuition fees apply to internship credit.
- Consumer Protection Division, Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon
Jefferson City, Missouri
This internship opportunity is ideal for students interested in pursuing a future career in law enforcement or those wanting to go to law school.
- Department of Homeland Security
Offers several opportunities from the US Secret Service, US Customs & Border Protection, and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
- FBI Honors Internship Program
This is an excellent hands-on experience and a rewarding, paid opportunity. You’ll be working side-by-side with Special Agents and Professional Staff personnel on important cases and management issues according to your background and interest that may include forensics, computers, law, etc. By the end of your internship, you will have a thorough understanding of the inner workings of the FBI. Watch video.
- The Washington Center
A structured, well-supported program in your area of interest that includes small group meetings with members of Congress, site visits, embassy visits, workshops and other activities. For information on financial assistance and scholarships, contact Truman’s Justice Systems Program.
- Office of Inspector General
Kansas City, St. Louis, Omaha, Des Moines
This is a highly rewarding, volunteer program to learn more about investigative activities related to fraud, waste, and abuse.
- Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) serves as the Federal government’s leader for and provider of world-class law enforcement training to prevent crime and terrorism throughout the world. Students majoring or obtaining advanced degrees in Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Administration, Forensic Sciences, Psychology, or Computer Forensics, as well as students pursuing Juris Doctorate degrees are the norm… of critical importance is the applicant’s desire to pursue a career in Federal law enforcement. Interns receive $49 per session day of taxable income to help defray the cost of meals, incidental expenses, and travel costs. Alpha Phi Sigma members honored.
- United States Department of Justice
Several opportunities available.
Some of the best law enforcement internships are through your local police departments. Police departments provide several, exciting, and educational experiences in ride-alongs with officers along with helping in investigations and attending court observations among several other duties. You would need to call the police department to see if they will host an intern. Police departments near larger cities, such as St. Louis or Kansas City, may provide better opportunities.
- Six Flags Security Department
St. Louis, Missouri
Security interns learn to monitor traffic, verify information, and respond to emergency situations and Loss Prevention Officer interns conduct investigations regarding employee/guest dishonesty.
- Worlds of Fun – Park Rangers/Security Assistants
Kansas City, Missouri
A full-time paid internship that works closely with the Kansas City Police Department and includes training in control defense tactics, handcuffing techniques, etc. This is a great internship to learn more about law enforcement.
- Kirksville Police Department
- Missouri State Highway Patrol
Possibilities within law enforcement and forensics.
- Missouri Department of Natural Resources
Internship opportunities with the State Park Rangers.
County Medical Examiners Offices, Kansas City Police Department Lab and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Laboratory may have internship opportunities.
County attorney offices and private law firms are great opportunities. Seek out local possibilities near your hometown.
- Attorney General’s Office, State of Iowa
- Georgetown University Law Center
For highly motivated individuals thinking about a career in law or criminal justice. The intern will get hands on experience in trial work by representing the role of a defense attorney and learn investigative field work throughout the city. Contact Truman’s Justice Systems Program regarding a scholarship to help aid in financial costs.
- Normile Family Center
Intern as a Youth Care Specialist in the Residential Treatment Units or Security Detentions supervising children of abuse and neglect or juveniles between the ages of 12-18 in daily activities including physical, educational, etc. Telephone: 660-665-4224.
- Preferred Family Health Care
Intern as a Residential Technician in the Adolescent and Adult Programs assisting individuals with daily living, educational activities and client monitoring.
Probation & Parole
- District #18B
- St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
A volunteer opportunity to learn more about advocacy, case management, work with prosecutors and victims.