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Criminal Justice Practicum

NCCU's Criminal Justice Practicum integrates theoretical criminal justice perspectives with real employment experience in a variety of local criminal justice agencies. The practicum is intended to provide students a meaningful learning experience beyond the classroom. 

Application deadlines are: April 1st for fall placements, November 1st for spring placements, and February 1st for summer placements.  To enroll in Practicum students must have completed 80 credit hours with an overall 2.3 GPA and must be a Criminal Justice major. To register students need to make an appointment with the Practicum Advisor prior to registration in the course.  

Examples of Practicum Placements

  • Division of Adult Corrections & Juvenile Justice
  • NC SBI
  • Raleigh Police Department
  • Wake County Sheriff’s Department
  • Durham Police Department
  • Durham County Sheriff’s Department
  • NCCU Police Department
  • Durham County Youth Home
  • Durham County District Attorney’s Office
  • Criminal Justice Resource Center
  • Project BUILD

Comments About NCCU's Past Interns

"She treated the clients with dignity and respect which is highly regarded in this field of work. She does not hesitate to ask questions for clarity so that she remains on target with a task and to better understand the process and expectation. She has demonstrated a commendable work ethic, very attentive, punctual and overall team player.”   ~ Desdemona Faison, Durham Probation/Parole

“Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills. Asked questions and expressed a strong desire in learn all aspects of our operation."  ~ James W. Ellis Jr., Troy House Residential Re-Entry Center

“She has been a wonderful addition to our firm and an asset to me personally. She is professional, diligent, and very hard working. She follows directions well, does not get in the way, and has a reserved way about her that allows her to blend into any situation we encounter."  ~ Daniel A. Hatley, Law Office of Daniel A. Hatley

"Her overall performance is outstanding. She speaks and dresses in a professional manner at all times. She is able to relate to the youth and families very well. She has built a rapport with the families and they trust her, which means a lot when it comes to the population in which we serve. She is a great leader. She learns quickly. She doesn't need to be micro-managed. When task are given, she goes above and beyond to complete the task” ~ Carlos Rawlinson, Durham Housing Authority

"She is inquisitive and insightful, willing to evaluate diverse sources of information and points of view, and has a tendency towards precision. Her assignments have been completed at a level above expectations for an undergraduate student.” ~ Michael J. Boucher, US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham NC

Contact Information

For more information please contact the Department of Criminal Justice Practicum Advisor:

Ms. Tameka Vaught
Email: tvaught1@nccu.edu
Phone: (919) 530-7090
Office: 306 Albert N. Whiting Criminal Justice Building

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