Prospective Students

Criminology Internship

Criminology is an interdisciplinary science that focuses on law and its interpretation by the courts, patterns in crime, the explanation of deviant and criminal behaviour, and society’s reaction to law-breaking.  If you are considering pursing a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Criminology, your education will allow for a range of career opportunities upon graduation.

A component of the Degree program is a 13-week internship that occurs in the Spring semester of the fourth and final year of studies. Students get the opportunity to apply their education in the field and gain professional experience and industry contacts. The completion of an internship while pursuing a Degree allows students to graduate with experience.

Students pursue internships (and employment after graduation) in the following areas: Probation, Parole, Policing, Law, Corrections, and Non-Profits.  The opportunities in non-profit are varied and can include working with: at-risk youth, individuals with mental health issues, individuals with drug and alcohol addiction, individuals seeking housing supports and resources, and those seeking resources and assistance transitioning back into the community after incarceration.

Benefits of an Internship

There are numerous advantages to participating in an internship:

  • Internships allow students to ‘try-on’ a job to see if they like it. It is an opportunity to compare what you ‘think’ the job might be like to what it actually is.
  • Students can apply their education in the field and receive mentorship and coaching from professionals in the industry.
  • Through internships, students will meet numerous industry professionals and start to develop their professional network. The contacts established in the field through an internship become critical upon graduation.  Industry contacts often assist students to secure work after graduation.
  • Students develop confidence in their skills and abilities during their internship and recognize the value of their knowledge.
  • During an internship, students will be exposed to the range of career opportunities in the field.
  • After the successful completion of an internship students will have an industry reference for future job applications, not to mention new artifacts for their portfolio.

Requirements and How to Apply

Please visit the Criminology Program and Course Calendar to review program requirements and application process:

Students can also review the Criminology Program website.

In order to be eligible to participate in the internship component, students must successfully complete all required 4th year courses and successfully pass the Internship Work Integrated Planning Course (CRIM 474). If you would like additional information about the internship component, feel free to contact the Program Coordinator at:

Important Dates

Please visit the Criminology Program and Course Calendar to learn about important program dates.

Want More Information on the Criminology Degree Program at VIU?

If you are interested in applying to the Criminology program, please contact the Program Chair:

Elizabeth McLin

Adelle Hoskins

Adelle had the opportunity complete her internship with Nanaimo RCMP’s Criminal Intelligence Analyst, Ryland Wellwood. Her work included researching new initiatives and technology being used within other departments, and compiling reports based on open source research. Topics included; comparative statistics, body worn audio/visual recorders for police, crime severity index calculations, crime bulletins, crime rates, and Integrated Resource ...

Learn more about Adelle's Internship Experience