David R. Hayworth College of Arts and Sciences
Criminal Justice

Internships and Experiential Learning

High Point University values experiential learning in all majors. The criminal justice program offers many opportunities for students to apply classroom lessons to real-world situations. Students can join the Justice Club, Pre-Law Society or our local chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (the National Honor Society of Criminal Justice).


An internship is not required in the Criminal Justice major; however, students are encouraged to pursue internships, and credit hours can be awarded for the experience. Faculty will work with students to create a customized internship experience. Internships can occur during the summer months, or during a normal semester. The HPU Washington Center program is another way to obtain an internship. Contact Dr. Jana Spain about this program at:

Past experiential activities we have created for our students include:
  • Courtroom observations and field trips to local prisons
  • A seminar on serial sexual killers by Robert Ressler (founder of FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit)
  • Student participation in the Citizen Police Academy
  • Attending a national justice conference
  • Police K-9 demonstration
  • Defense tactics for student survival, including firearms safety and instruction
  • Guest speakers from the FBI, customs, SBI, corporate asset protection, probation/parole, district attorney’s office, public defender office and more
  • Creation of a Mock Trial Course
  • Creation of the HPU Intercollegiate Mock Trial Competition Team
  • Crime Scene Investigation work at the CRJ Learning Lab/Crime House (Lifting prints from crime scenes, analysis and print matching skills, blood stain interpretation and analysis, mock homicide scene investigator)

Criminal Justice at HPU

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