OGLESBY — Beginning this summer, the criminal justice internship at Illinois Valley Community College will be offered each semester as an elective three-credit course option rather than as a core requirement of the criminal justice Associate in Applied Science degree and certificate.
“This change will accommodate criminal justice students who may have found it difficult to participate within a mandated internship due to work and family obligations,” said program coordinator Kevin Hermes.
The internship allows students to participate in the field of their choice, gain practical experience with a criminal justice agency and apply knowledge learned within the classroom.
The internship is open to sophomores who have obtained permission as well as the necessary paperwork from Hermes. They must then obtain approval and necessary information from the host agency before returning the forms to Hermes for final approval.
Once approved, they will register for CRJ 2280 through Lisa Witalka of the Career Services office at 815-224-0502 or Room CTC203.
Hermes added, “We have removed an obstacle to students’ participation in an invaluable program.”