Jobs, Internships & Co-ops

Criminal Justice Internships

There are many opportunities for internship experiences in our program. We have recently employed a full-time professional-in-residence with more than 20 years of experience in the system to help place students in meaningful internships. Over the past several years, we have placed students in federal, state and local criminal justice agencies including:

  • DEA
  • Federal Probation
  • U.S. Marshals, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • Niagara Falls Police Department
  • Niagara County Probation Office
  • Niagara County Sheriff ’s Office
  • NYS Division on Consumer Fraud
  • NYS Police
  • NYS Department of Corrections
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Niagara County District Attorney's Office 
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office (in Buffalo) 

Students have also taken advantage of semester-long internships in Washington, D.C. and with the New York state government in Albany.

Juniors, seniors and graduate students can perform internships for course credits by enrolling with Ron Winkley.

  • Undergraduates enroll in CRJ 390 - Field Experience in Criminal Justice for fall internships, or CRJ 395 - Independent Study for spring or summer internships.
  • Graduate students enroll in CRJ 600 - Independent Study/Supervised Readings for internships in any semester.

Finding an Internship

  • Contact Ron Winkley in Timon Hall (Room 114) for  information and potential internship contacts. (rwinkley@niagara.edu)
  • Look over the internship postings on the bulletin board in Timon Hall outside of Room 114.
  • Visit the Cooperative Education Office in the lower level of Seton Hall. They have many internship postings and will help create a file to help you find an internship.

Why do an internship?

The main goal of participating in an internship is to enhance student understanding of the “real” work environment of a criminal justice agency. There are many complexities, nuances and subtleties to the work of criminal justice professionals that cannot be explained or conveyed in a classroom.An internship is a great way to learn more about an agency or job and can help you discover if the career you are pursuing is right for you. Internships often turn into job offers and are great for networking. An internship can also help you find a mentor who can assist you in learning more about your field of interest based on their own experiences and professional connections.

Here are just a few examples of the agencies at which Niagara University Criminal Justice majors have interned:

Federal Agencies

  • U.S. Marshal
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Federal Parole

State Agencies

  • New York State Police
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Local Agencies

  • Lockport Police Department
  • Niagara County District Attorney's Office
  • Niagara Falls Police Department
  • Niagara County Sheriff's Department
  • Lewiston Police
  • Town of Niagara Police
  • Niagara Country Domestic Violence
  • Community Missions
  • Buffalo Police Department
  • Niagara County Probation

Any students interested in signing up for a criminal justice related internship must contact Prof. Winkley at 716.286.8089 or rwinkley@niagara.edu