Field Experience Courses

The field experience course is required for a major in criminal justice or sociology, and for the social work minor. It is normally taken in the senior year and requires 120 hours of placement time. It consists of a closely-supervised internship in which the student applies skills and knowledge specific to the major or minor. A wide variety of placements are available with public and private agencies. Contact any sociology or criminal justice faculty for more information.

Recent internships include: Youth Emergency Services and Shelter, Polk County Court, regional police & sheriff departments, Juvenile Justice Court – Iowa Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Agency, Children and Families of Iowa, Department of Public Safety, Iowa Attorney General’s Office, CrossRoads of Iowa and the Des Moines Public Schools, among others.

Are you looking for information on possible internship, job, or career ideas for criminal justice, sociology, or social work? Take a look at these career ideas and websites as a place to start. Then, contact Dr. Samantha O’Hara a semester before your anticipated Field Experience course to begin the application process.

Recent site locations for Field Experience Courses

Please click on this link to get some ideas for your next field experience course.

Career Ideas and Websites

Want some general career-seeking advice or avenues, knowing that they are great possible field experience sites? Please click on this PDF for a long listing of suggestions and websites to get you going.

Career Services

If you would like to see more about criminal justice, sociology, or other social service jobs, Career Services maintains an updated database of employers and possible internships.