The Criminology and Sociology internship, offered to honours and graduate students, is designed to provide students with hands-on research experience in a criminal justice related organisation. The internship involves students undertaking a specific research project for the organisation, culminating in a 5000 word report. The purpose of the subject is twofold. First, to expose students to the operation of a government or community-based organisation, where, in the course of an agreed research project, students have the opportunity to enhance their skills of data collection, analysis, report writing, observation, listening, and cooperation, as well as to develop appropriate professional contacts. Second, to facilitate an understanding of the relationship between social and criminological theory and the practical operation of a criminal justice agency.
Some of the many agencies which have interned students in the past:
- The Victoria Police
- The Department of Justice
- The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
- Liberty Victoria
- The Australian Drug Foundation
- The Centre Against Sexual Assault
- The Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service
- The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
- The Red Cross
The Criminology and Sociology internship is run over two semesters and is worth 25 points in total. The equivalent of 150 - 170 hours will be spent on the agency internship itself, including establishing and conducting the research project and preparing the report (worth 70%). In addition, up to eight two-hour seminars are run throughout the year and students must also prepare a theoretical essay (25%) and give a short seminar presentation (5%).