Title

The Benefits of a Criminal Justice Practicum Experience

Date

5-30-2013 9:00 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Department

Criminal Justice

Session Chair

Misty Weitzel

Session Title

Criminal Justice Posters

Faculty Sponsor(s)

David Murphy

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

Many criminal justice undergraduates, including those at Western Oregon University, have opportunities to earn academic credit for completing internships. There is widespread recognition these activities benefit students in a variety of ways, yet many questions remain unanswered. Relatively little is known about the positive outcomes a practicum experience can have on an individual’s education. This study of self-report surveys provides some insight into the students’ opinions and thoughts on these topics. Specifically, we examine the students’ rating and importance of completing a practicum, and how it enhanced their overall educational experience. Our findings suggest that students have positive internships and it is very beneficial to their education.

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May 30th, 9:00 AM

The Benefits of a Criminal Justice Practicum Experience

Werner University Center (WUC) Pacific Room

Many criminal justice undergraduates, including those at Western Oregon University, have opportunities to earn academic credit for completing internships. There is widespread recognition these activities benefit students in a variety of ways, yet many questions remain unanswered. Relatively little is known about the positive outcomes a practicum experience can have on an individual’s education. This study of self-report surveys provides some insight into the students’ opinions and thoughts on these topics. Specifically, we examine the students’ rating and importance of completing a practicum, and how it enhanced their overall educational experience. Our findings suggest that students have positive internships and it is very beneficial to their education.