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Many Criminal Justice programs actively encourage and facilitate student participation in internships and other types of field learning activities. Internships are often highly individualized arrangements between the student and a criminal justice (or related) agency, creating the potential for a wide range of outcomes. While evidence indicates that successful internships offer students a host of potential benefits, relatively little is known about the nature of the “average” or “typical” internship as characterized by students and their host agency supervisors. Through an analysis of data collected via self-administered surveys completed by participants in WOU’s CJ practicum program, this study aims to change that. Findings indicate that most students accomplish their academic goals and assess their experiences in highly favorable terms. Agency supervisors generally evaluate students as prepared, professional and committed. Large portions of both groups view the completion of an internship as an important (if not essential) component of an undergraduate education in Criminal Justice. Aspects of internships that warrant caution and continued study are discussed

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Criminal Justice