Student Resources


All students are expected to meet each semester with their advisor to review their academic progress and register for classes. Students can check on COIN for the name and contact information of their advisor. If an advisor is not listed in COIN, students should contact the Department Secretary, Ida Almeida at or 508.999.8401. University Extension students should contact the University Extension office foradvising support.

Students are expected to track and take responsibility for their progress. Advisors are expected to provide information, advice, and support in a timely and easily accessible manner. Problems with the advising process should be brought to the attention of the Department Chair.

Advisors are generally not available over the summer. Please contact the Department Chair or CJS Program Director if you have any questions over summer break.

If you have not yet declared a major, are thinking of majoring in sociology, anthropology, or crime and justice studies, and would like further information, see criteria for Admission into the Department and make an appointment to see the Department Chair. The Academic Advising Center also offers guidance on important decisions such as selecting a major.

To register for courses each semester, be sure to do the following:

  • Make an appointment with your advisor as soon as possible during the advising period (sign-up sheets are posted on individual faculty doors).
  • Review your progress to degree on COIN and note all questions you would like to discuss with your advisor.
  • Review your course options for the following semester and make a preliminary schedule. The Course scheduling planning aid can be helpful with this process. If you are trying to plan your progress to degree over several years the Degree planning aid may be helpful.
  • Become familiar with how to register on COIN.
  • Meet with your advisor. PLEASE NOTE that your advisors will only take the registration hold off after meeting with you in person.
  • Register as soon as your advising hold is taken off. Courses fill up quickly so be sure to do this as soon as you can.


  1. Advising Form for Crime and Justice Studies 
  2. Junior Year Review Form- identifies will identify outstanding requirements that still need to be met for graduation.
  3. Course Scheduling Planning Aid Form - helps with planning a student schedule.
  4. Degree Planning Aid Form - helps students plan progress to degree over several years.
  5. Requirement Waiver Form


Internship Overview

All Crime and Justice Studies majors are expected to take the Internship course during their junior or senior

year and can choose from an extensive list of community placements.

By participating in the internship program you will:

  • Apply your theoretical learning in real-life situations.
  • Explore career options.
  • Develop practical skills for working in in your professional field.
  • Build your resume with career-appropriate experience.
  • Develop a network of professional contacts for future employment.
  • Improve your qualifications for graduate programs.
  • Help area agencies provide services that improve our society at the local level. 


Internship Course
Students interested in doing an internship for university credit should register for CJS 450, our Internship course.

In addition to a determined number of work-hours, the internship course has additional requirements. Be sure to read the official course description and consult with the instructor teaching the course for a more detailed description of the course and its requirements.

Internship Placement 
Students registered for the Internship course should find an internship placement prior to the beginning of the semester. The internship experience should be conducive to the student’s academic interests and long-term career plans.

Students are encouraged to search for appropriate internship sites on their own. However, they may also utilize the agencies listed under the Resources section below or check with the department’s secretary for a list of potential internship sites. All placements have to be approved by the instructor teaching the course.

Submit an Internship
If you are interested in offering our students an internship with your agency please contact our department at 508.999.8401 or

Internship Placements

The following internship possibilities are only suggestions that were based upon the past success of students in these placements.
You are able to seek internships that are not included on this list. 


  • 3rd Eye Unlimited: 48 Union Street, New Bedford, MA 02740 508.910.2260
  • Better Community Living, Dartmouth, 508.999.4300.
  • Attleboro Juvenile Probation, P.O. Keri Enfield, 508.222.5350
  • Bristol County Sheriff’s Office , James Rioux, Director of Volunteer Programs and Services, 508.995.6400, (Dartmouth HOC, New Bedford HOC, Correctional Addiction Center)
  • Coalition for Social Justice, check at: for contacts in Fall River, New Bedford, Brockton and Falmouth.
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Parole, 508.999.4820, New Bedford.
  • Community Care Services,; 508.823.5400 (Taunton area).
  • Fall River District Court Probation: Chief Prob. Officer Carol A. Silvia, 508.491.3240
  • Fall River Police Dept., Internship coordinator, 508.676.8511 x214
  • Bristol County Juvenile Probation, Chief Prob. Officer Kevin Martin, 508.823.6384; offices in Fall River, Taunton, New Bedford and Attleboro
  • The Women's Center, New Bedford and Fall River, ask for volunteer coordinator, 508.996.3343
  • HOPE Collaborative, Diedre Lopes, 508.979.1557. Group does anti-violence work in New Bedford.
  • Justice Resource Institute, New Bedford, 508.993.4675
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Office of Parole, Richard Ryan, 508.999.4820, New Bedford.
  • Katie Brown Educational Program (for the recognition and prevention of domestic violence), Claire Spaulding McVicker,, 508.678.4466 (Fall River and Providence).
  • Massachusetts Division of Labor Relations/Commonwealth Employment Relations Board; applicants should send a letter of interest explaining their interest in the DLR, their relevant experience and what they hope to get out of the internship, as well as a resume and writing sample to Elizabeth Neumeier, Bd. Member, c/o Division of Labor Relations, 19 Staniford Street, 1st fl., Boston, MA. 02114.
  • Massachusetts Parole Board, Caitlin Casey, Chief of Staff, 508.650.4510; Prospective applicants can also visit the website:
  • New Bedford District Court Probation, Chief Probabion Off. Lourenco Lopes Jr., 508.999.9700 x402
  • New Bedford Juvenile Drug Court, P.O. Ann Condon, 508.999.9700 x628
  • New Bedford Juvenile Probation, Lourenco Lopes, Chief, 508.999.9700 x402
  • New Bedford Juvenile Resource Center, Scott Gomes, 508.993.4675
  • New Vision Organization, Inc., Leonna Brandao, 508.533.7735
  • Northstar Learning Centers, New Bedford, David DeCoste, 508.991.5906
  • Office of Community Corrections, Taunton 508.884.9189; Dartmouth 508.717.0601
  • Plymouth County Sheriff's office, David Guilford, 508.830.6200 x407. Initial contact should be at least 1 month before start of internship.
  • Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, multi service agency, Nancy Paull, 508.324.3500, Fall River 
  • St. Vincent's (adolescent's program) – Westport, 508.679.8511 and Fall River 508.996.6789
  • Youth Villages, programs for adolescent females; Woburn, Plymouth, Worcester, Springfield and residential campus in Arlington. Alicia Salerno, 781.937.7967;