Internships

Collaboration. Mentorship. Exploration.

What is an Internship?
Potential employers are increasingly interested in hiring graduates who have had meaningful real-world criminal justice experience. Hilbert has long recognized the need to prepare its criminal justice students with hands-on, practical work experience while providing a valuable resource to law enforcement and related agencies. Using a network of more than 40 internship sites, all types of agencies offer criminal justice internships to our students, from police departments to probation to marshals' services.

Offered your senior year, internships take place either during the fall or spring semester and you'll receive academic credit for your efforts. This is your chance to make contributions to an organization and to demonstrate your potential value as a full-time employee after graduation.

Benefits of Doing an Internship
A criminal justice internship provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable criminal justice work experience before graduating.
  • Check out your interest in the field.
  • Clarify your interests, strengths and weaknesses that need to be worked on.
  • Find out about additional job possibilities.
  • Develop your intellectual, problem-solving and leadership skills.
  • Gain relevant experience and skills, giving you greater potential to be hired by the agency or organization where you intern.
  • Network with professionals in the criminal justice field.
  • Gain a sense of self-confidence and professionalism.
  • Bring classroom learning to life.
  • Increase your job marketability in the criminal justice field.
  • Narrow your focus and clarify your career goals

Internship Sites

Federal:

  • U.S. Marshal’s Service
  • U.S. Probation Service
  • U.S. Customs Service 
  • U.S. Attorney General
  • U. S. Postal Service Police
  • Office of Congressman
  • Veterans Administration of WNY Police Department

State:

  • N.Y. State Attorney General’s Office-Organized Crime Task Force
  • N.Y. State Attorney General’s Office-Consumer Fraud Bureau
  • N.Y. State Police
  • N.Y. State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • N.Y. State Department of Corrections-Collins Correctional Facility or Gowanda Correctional Facility
  • N.Y. State Department of Corrections-Brocton/Lakeview Shock Facility
  • N.Y. State-Buffalo Halfway House-Glenwood Avenue
  • N.Y. State Department of Corrections-Wende Correctional Facility
  • N.Y. State Park Police-Letchworth State Park

County:

  • Erie County Child Protection Services
  • Erie County Central Police Services Training Academy
  • Erie County District Attorney-Victim/Witness Program
  • Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Department
  • Erie County Probation
  • Niagara County Victim/Witness Program-Lockport
  • Erie County Probation/Detention
  • Victim Assistance & Advocacy Organization (NW)
  • Erie County Sheriff’s Department

Town/Village:

  • Town of Amherst Police Department
  • Town of Hamburg Police Department
  • Town of Orchard Park Police Department
  • Town of Evans Police Department
  • Town of Tonawanda Police Department
  • Town of West Seneca Police Department
  • Town of Cheektowaga Police Department

City:

  • City of Buffalo Police Department - “C” District
  • City of Buffalo Housing Court
  • City of Buffalo Police with the U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Division

Private: 

  • Baker Hall
  • Hopevale
  • Hilbert College Campus Security Department
  • Seneca Nation Reservation Police
  • Crisis Services
  • Child & Family Services-Shoplifting Prevention Program (treatment based)
  • Gateway-Longview Youth & Family Services
  • Compass House - Services for Youth
  • NIC Crime Victims Assistance Program
  • Legal Aid Bureau
  • Community Grief Center Youth Program
  • Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Wegmans Food Markets-Loss Prevention
  • Old First Ward Housing Advocacy Project

Who to Contact:

Edward Qualey
Chairperson of Criminal Justice
156 Paczesny Hall
716-926-8870
equaley@hilbert.edu