In the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, cooperative education—or co-op for short—is a key component to the Experiential Liberal Arts, an educational model that integrates experiential learning with the rigorous study of society, culture, and politics.
Your understanding of criminal justice is enhanced by learning both inside and outside of a traditional classroom setting. School of Criminology and Criminal Justice students participate in a variety of co-op experiences that provide them with opportunities to conduct research, to learn new analytical skills, to collect and synthesize information, to think critically, and to interface with criminal justice practitioners. Enhanced knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations in the world result in better informed students and effective engagement in the classroom.
Two coordinators work closely with students to discuss career interests and objectives, to develop successful resume writing and interview skills, and to monitor performance while on co-op sites. The coordinators interact with various public and private criminal justice agencies to develop stimulating and rewarding positions in the Boston area as well as in other regions of the country. Global co-op opportunities are also available for students who wish to pursue their co-op abroad.
Co-op Coordinators in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Senior Cooperative Education Coordinator
403C Churchill Hall
Associate Cooperative Education Coordinator
403D Churchill Hall
Sample Co-ops in Criminal Justice
Enhance your classroom learning and deepen your knowledge through the co-op experience in a variety of fields. Below is a partial list of the co-op employers and sample job titles by field or industry.
- Correctional Officer Aide, Program Monitor, Re-entry Research Assistant, General Research Assistant, Management Assistant, Employment, Education & Training Intern, Accountability & Reintegration Intern , Forensic Mental Health-Administrative Assistant, Program Monitor, Probation Assistant, Clerk’s Office Assistant
- Massachusetts Department of Correction, Probation Department of Boston Municipal Court, Suffolk County (Massachusetts) District Attorney’s Office
- JUVENILE JUSTICE
- Youth Worker, Direct Care Counselor, Community Monitor, Youth Services Group Worker, Youth Counselor
- New England Innocence Project, Massachusetts Children’s Alliance
- HUMAN SERVICES/SOCIAL SERVICES
- Victim Advocate, Direct Care Worker, Child Care Worker, Mental Health Assistant, Residential Treatment Intern, Group Home Care Worker, Employment and Training Assistant, Community Based Worker, Social Policy Research Assistant, CORI Unit Intern
- Massachusetts Victim and Witness Program, Middlesex Partnership for Youth, Eliot Community Human Services, Inc.
- Procedures Clerk, Law Office Assistant, Paralegal, Legal Intern, Legal Assistant, Legal Recruiting Clerk
- Bronx Defenders (Bronx, NY); Middlesex District Attorney’s Office; Ropes & Gray, LLP
- LOSS PREVENTION/INVESTIGATIONS/SECURITY
- Loss Prevention Investigator, Security Officer, Investigator, Passport Specialist, Background Investigator, Surveillance Investigator, Security Consultant, Bank Investigations
- Boston Medical Center, U.S. DHS Homeland Security Investigations, Boston Private bank
- POLICING/LAW ENFORCEMENT/FEDERAL
- Investigative Aide, Police Dispatcher, Summer Special Police Officer, Assistant Crime Analyst, Investigation Intern, Community Service and Training Intern, ID Unit Intern
- Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center, Cambridge Police Department, U.S. INTERPOL, Drug Enforcement Administration
Learn more about Co-op
If you would like to learn more about how co-op works in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, please visit the CSSH co-op website.