Internship & Career Opportunities in Criminal Justice

Cassie Piniere at InterpolThe Castleton University Criminal Justice programs are designed to give you hands-on, real-world experience as part of your learning experience.

As a Castleton University Criminal Justice student, you will have the opportunity to transition form classroom learning to real-world scenarios through required field experience and internships.

Criminal Justice Field Experience

As a student in the Criminal Justice Department, you will get your first, outside-of-the-classroom exposure to the field of criminal justice through field experience.

Through a series of structured observations with Vermont agencies, you get the opportunity to interact with criminal justice professionals, see them in their element, and ask questions to help clarify your own career aspirations.

Criminal Justice Internship & Seminar

This upper-level elective combines 125 hours of a student internship experience through a local criminal justice agency with an instructor-led seminar held throughout the semester.

The course gives junior and senior Criminal Justice majors the opportunity to apply what they have learned through participation in responsible and hands-on learning in the field. 


The Criminal Justice Department has many partnerships to provide engaged work experiences to Criminal Justice majors.

If a student desires to work with an agency not listed, we will try to accommodate that interest.

Howard Center Park Street Program – Mental Health Services

  • Help supervise juveniles
  • Assist with teaching
  • Attend staff meetings to discuss day-to-day tasks

Marble Valley Correctional Center

  • Work with correctional caseworkers
  • Teach or help organize educational programming
  • Attended weekly classification meetings

Rutland County Court Diversion

  • Help manage cases
  • Sit in on intakes
  • Assist with diversion assessments

Rutland County Public Defender’s Office

  • Creating juror information spreadsheets
  • Gaining experience in motion writing and legal research
  • Transcribing audio files to be used by attorneys

Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office

  • Perform research on legal issues in active cases
  • Help prepare documents to be filed with the court
  • Observe hearings, mediation, depositions, and trials

NewStory Center

  • Helping clients find housing
  • Preparing and cleaning residences for move-in
  • Attend staff meetings
  • Learn hotline and crisis intervention and process procedures

Rutland Dismas House

  • Interacting with clients on a daily basis
  • Help maintain adherence to house rules by assisting in conducting room searches
  • Participate in house activities with residents, including attending dinners

Rutland Probation and Parole

  • Assist with the supervision of clients
  • Performing intakes and assessments 
  • Helping clients acquire the resources they need

Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council

  • Conduct research as needed by supervisors
  • Aid teaching academy coordinators

Vermont Department of Liquor Control

  • Help write proposals for funds and resources
  • Work with Liquor Control personnel to conduct research on various aspects of the department 
  • Gain knowledge about the department and shadow employees as they perform daily duties, such as inspection of businesses

Victim Advocate within State’s Attorney’s Office

  • Helping victims understanding the judicial process
  • Assisting with paperwork
  • Making telephone and written contact with victims

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