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Justice Studies Internships

Justice Studies Department policy for students who will take JUST 350 Field Work Seminar:

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on NEIU students being prevented from completing in-person internship hours, the Justice Studies Department has modified the requirement that students do 180 volunteer hours in person in an agency/community setting. Instead, students taking JUST 350 will be able to work remotely or online in any of the following options until further notice:

  • A virtual internship with agencies offering this option, and the minimum hours to complete: 80 hours
  • Researching non-profit organizations and governmental agencies that promote social justice or that have social justice initiatives or program

The JUST 350 class may incorporate development of practical skills that are useful in the field, such as grant proposal writing, interviewing, and social research.

Schedule of Classes

Fall Semester 2020

Spring Semester 2021

Justice Studies Course Catalog

An important component of the Justice Studies curriculum is for students to gain real-world experience in the field, typically focusing on advocacy for community justice and the ethics that inform those practices. This component is formalized when students enroll in JUST 350 Field Work Seminar, which includes a 200-hour internship with an agency or organization of their choice. In order to enroll in JUST 350, students must have completed the JUST 345 Practicum course and its prerequisites, as well as a minimum of three to four electives (9 to 12 hours) in Justice Studies.  

It is strongly advised that students do not wait until the beginning of the JUST 350 Field Work Seminar to secure their internship, but that they finalize their arrangements while still enrolled in JUST 345 Practicum. This means that ideally, students should discuss their internship arrangements with their JUST 350 Field Work Seminar instructor before the beginning of the course. Students must do their internship at the same time they are enrolled in the Field Work Seminar—not before.  

See the most recent listing of Justice Studies internship sites.