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The Department participates in an internship program for students to explore the field of criminal justice. The internship provides students an opportunity to gain “real-work” experiences in a criminal justice agency by completing 96 intern hours at an agency of their choice. Students have the opportunity to become involved in the day-to-day operations of the agency, allowing them to gain first-hand experience in professional criminal justice settings. The internship is a supervised experience that permits students to work directly with both agency personnel and clientele. The course also provides students with an opportunity to integrate academic and experiential knowledge through increasing knowledge, developing skills and clarifying values. The internship also increases the likelihood of building professional networking contacts and mentoring relationships, helping student become more viable, experienced job applicants when seeking employment upon graduation. Many employers consider internship experience in the hiring process, and often look to their own interns as the best potential candidate for full-time positions. Internship opportunities are available with many local, state, federal and private agencies. Notable internship placements have included; Indiana State Police, Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Indiana Department of Correction, U.S. Custom’s Service, U.S. Marshall’s Service, U.S. Transportation Security Administration, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.