Beyond the classroom

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Internships

Internships give students a valuable opportunity to gain practical experience in an occupation of interest, to make professional contacts, and to prepare for their future careers locally and nationally. During internship, students relate theory they have learned in their course work to the way things "really work" in the field.

Past placements have included:

  • United States Customs
  • Onondaga County District Attorney Office
  • U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Secret Service
  • United States Marshals Service
  • Forensic Medical Services
  • New York State Police

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Criminal Justice Club

The Criminal Justice Club was founded to bond students who share common goals and interests, encourage students to learn more about public agencies and the community, and to explore ways to serve our community. The club has a variety of different events and activities planned, including guest speakers, ride-alongs, and trips to jails and prisons. The club is always looking for new members and new activities!

We meet bi-weekly and are currently only accepting students who are criminal justice majors or minors. Contact faculty advisor Dr. Margaret Schmuhl for more information. We hope to see you at the next meeting!

Peer advisors

Upper division level students who have demonstrated good academic performance, maturity,  and dependability are selected to be Peer Advisors.  Peer Advisors provide valuable assistance to the department, individual faculty members, and Criminal Justice students.  They receive 3 upper division level credits for the semester that count towards the degree requirements.  They maintain office hours in the department's Peer Advisor office in Room 449 Mahar and are available on a walk-in basis to assist students with advisement issues, course selection, and answer questions or concerns that students may have.  Peer Advisors receive training by the Advisement Coordinator to perform this role.

Academic

Scholarships and awards

Raymond Joseph Stastny Memorial Scholarship - $500
This award honors the memory of Raymond Joseph Stastny, a 1978 SUNY Oswego graduate with a degree in criminal justice, who became an outstanding agent with the U.S. Justice Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, and lost his life in the line of duty. The award will be given to an outstanding student majoring in criminal justice and aspiring toward a career in law enforcement.

To qualify for this award, a student must:

  • Be a declared criminal justice major or second major
  • Be a full-time student
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of their selection
  • Participate in intramural or intercollegiate athletics
  • Be planning to pursue a career in law enforcement
  • Submit a brief narrative describing career goals, financial need, special achievements (academic, athletic, community, etc.)

If you are interested in being considered for this award, complete this application form.

The Luciano J. Iorizzo Scholarship Award - $500
Named to honor Professor Emeritus Luciano J. Iorizzo, first chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice, this scholarship will be awarded to a deserving criminal justice senior who has demonstrated above average academic performance.

To be eligible for this scholarship, the following requirements must be met by the end of the first semester of the junior year:

  • Declared criminal justice major or second major.
  • Junior standing at time of application.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or better at the time of selection.
  • Criminal justice GPA of 3.2 (required and elective CRJ courses).
  • Demonstrated financial need.

If you are interested in being considered for this award, search on the Scholarship page.

Dave A. Ingram, Esq. Memorial Scholarship - $500
Established by Roger Manning in memory of the lifelong work, mentoring and dedication of attorney David A. Ingram, Esq., a strong advocate of legal education. This scholarship has been established to encourage advanced legal education in the field of social justice/public interest law, including disability, public welfare, health care, environmental, or Federal Indian law.

To qualify for this award, a student must:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time, junior year student (completed 57-86 credits, including transfer credits, by deadline) in good academic standing;
  • Demonstrate academic abilities, personal experience and career goals to continue his/her legal education in social justice/public interest law, possibly as a viable candidate for law school admission or related graduate-level legal education;
  • Complete an essay demonstrating your interest in and commitment to social justice and/or public interest law.

If you are interested in being considered for this award, complete this form.

Outstanding Senior In Criminal Justice - $500
Given to a graduating senior with a major or second major in criminal justice in recognition of superior academic performance and service to the college and the community.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Graduating senior
  • Major or second major in criminal justice
  • Grade point average (cum GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Service to the college and the community

Students can be nominated (by either faculty or students) or may apply directly. Each applicant must submit a letter of application, transcript, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. The award winner will receive a certificate and engraved plaque. The award will be presented at Honors Convocation.

Outstanding Senior in Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement) - $500
Given to a graduating senior with a major or second major in criminal justice with an interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Selection will be on the basis of academic achievement and service to the college and the community.

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Graduating senior
  • Major or double major in criminal justice
  • Interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement
  • Grade point average (cum GPA of 3.0 or higher)
  • Service to the college and the community

Students can be nominated (by either faculty or students) or may apply directly. Each applicant must submit a letter of application, transcript, resume, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Applications will be reviewed by a screening committee. The award winner will receive a plaque donated by the Fraternal Order of Police. The award will be presented at Honors Convocation.