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Service Learning and Internship Programs

Part of the Mission of Oklahoma City University is to foster civic responsibility. The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice achieve this initiative through their Service Learning and Internship programs. Like all OCU students, sociology and criminal justice students must complete a Service Learning course. In addition, we require all our criminal justice students to complete an internship. Your educational experiences in both the academic and the real world are brought togetherin such programs.

Through our programs we have had students working with such agencies as the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, The Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial and the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League. Our students take what they have learned in the classroom and through reciprocal learning applied it to the real world.

We have also placed students at agencies outside Oklahoma City. We had a student interning at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian during the semester it opened. This was through the Washington Center internship program. The Washington Center internship offers students the opportunity to intern at many branches of the federal government in Washington, D.C.

Students have the opportunity to earn college credit hours for their internship service. Students must work 40 hours for each college credit and attend a bimonthly learning community.

Where have OCU students interned?

CASA program
Cleveland County Juvenile Facility
Emerson Alternative School
Ex-Offenders Re-Entry
Federal Transfer Center
Federal Weed and Seed Program
Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism
Oklahoma City National Memorial
Oklahoma City Police Department (OCPD)- gang unit
OCPD Police Athletic League
OCPD substations: Santa Fe, Will Rogers and Hefner
OCPD training facility
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
Oklahoma County Juvenile Facility
Oklahoma Department of Health and Human Services
Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics
Oklahoma State Dept. of Corrections - Probation and parole
Oklahoma State Highway Patrol
U.S. Post Office - investigative unit
YMCA Battered Women's Shelter
Washington, D.C. Center - The Smithsonian
Many local law offices

We would like to thank all these agencies for offering our students these great opportunities!

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