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Internship Information

Internship Applications and Deadlines

All Justice Studies Majors are required to complete JUST497.
All Paralegal Studies Minors and Post-BA Certificate students are required to complete PALG497.

Students must submit their application in accordance with the following deadlines:

  • Application for SUMMER 2021 JUST497 Senior Seminar and Internship
    DEADLINE: February 15th
    The deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications.
  • Application for FALL 2021 JUST497 Senior Seminar and Internship
    DEADLINE: March 1st
    The deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications.
  • Application for FALL 2021 PALG497 Paralegal Seminar and Internship
    DEADLINE: March 1st
    The deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications.

THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THE APPLICATION DEADLINES.

Applications for the Summer open in December and are due by February 15th.
Applications for the Fall open in December and are due by March 1st.
Applications for the Spring open in July and are due by October 1st.

For Justice Studies Majors:  After submitting the online application, you should receive a confirmation message and an email with your submitted responses immediately.  If you do not receive these, your application may not have been successfully submitted and you should follow up with the Applied Learning Specialist, Ms. Amanda Choo.

Purpose

The purpose of the Internship Program is to provide students with direct experience in their concentrated area. The required capstone course takes a two-fold approach to the senior experience. The first approach is pragmatic, concerned with the integration of theory in practice as graduating seniors apply acquired knowledge to the work environment. The second approach is broader, and based on the culmination of a course of study concerned with the application of social justice to contemporary issues. Class discussions include pertinent topics such as; ethical and professional responsibility, confidentiality, conflict resolution, resume writing and interviewing skills, professional affiliations and associations, organizational models and exploration of career options.

Eligibility & Prerequisite Requirements

All Justice Studies Majors must successfully complete the application process in order to receive permission to register for JUST497 Senior Seminar and Internship.  For students who anticipate registering for JUST497, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of JUST204 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of JUST205 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of JUST300 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of JUST310 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of six (6) concentration electives (which include the required concentration electives)
  • Students in the Justice Studies Concentration must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 overall, in the major and in the concentration
  • Students in the Paralegal Studies Concentration must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 overall, in the major and in the concentration
  • Students in the International Justice Concentration must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 overall, in the major and in the concentration
  • Students must have junior or senior status and submit the application by the designated deadline
  • Students may take JUST497 up to one (1) semester in advance of their final semester

All Paralegal Studies Minors and Post-BA Certificate students must meet the prerequisite requirements in order to receive permission to register for PALG497 Paralegal Seminar and Internship.  For students who anticipate registering for PALG497, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of PALG210
  • Completion of PALG312 with a minimum grade of C-
  • Completion of two (2) legal specialty courses
  • Students in the Paralegal Studies Minor must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 overall and in the minor
  • Students in the Post-BA Certificate program must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75
  • Students must submit the application by the designated deadline

Important Factors to Consider

Students must submit their application and meet the eligibility requirements by the following DEADLINES:

SUMMER:  February 15th (for JUST497 only)
FALL:  March 1st
SPRING:  October 1st

Justice Studies Majors must complete and submit their application online.

Paralegal Studies Minors and Post-BA Certificate students must complete and submit their application online.

  • Students are encouraged to submit the application as soon as possible.
  • Students are responsible for checking their MSU email for important updates about the internship process.
  • A prior arrest or conviction may exclude students from certain placements. Most internship sites require a background check. You must advise the Applied Learning Specialist, if you have a prior arrest, conviction or expungement.  Students who conceal this information jeopardize completion of the internship requirement and may prolong graduation.
  • Internships require 90 hours of fieldwork over the designated semester.
  • All self-placements must be approved by the Department.
  • Students must create a well designed and grammatically correct resume with no spelling errors. Click here to view the Guide to Resume and Cover Letter Writing.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for FAQs regarding JUST497.
Click here for FAQs regarding PALG497.

Contacts

  • Ms. Amanda Choo, Applied Learning Specialist, Dickson Hall Room 351.
    Phone: 973-655-7702 or email: chooa@montclair.edu.
  • Director Nicole A. Fackina, Paralegal Studies Program, Dickson Hall Room 330.
    Phone: 973-655-7759 or email: fackinan@montclair.edu.
  • Ms. Brenda Sheehan, Department Administrator, Dickson Hall Room 331.
    Phone: 973-655-7897 or email: sheehanbr@montclair.edu.