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The University of Maryland Criminology and Criminal Justice graduates have been successful in many different fields post-graduation. Using information from the annual University of Maryland graduation survey, we have compiled details about CCJS majors, such as their post-graduation adventures. Use this information as a place to start exploring your career interests. Review additional resources below and on the Feller Center's website. 

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Start Exploring Career Titles/Work Areas

Use the sample job and internship titles (mentioned above) to start exploring career paths. The links below provide a short overview of the positions. Review more career areas related to this major as well as tips to succeed. 

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Resources: Career Planning & Graduate School

Explore career options by reviewing current openings. Note what qualities you currently have or need to gain so that you exceed the qualifications upon graduation. 

Federal and state government: Application tips for BSOS majors

For detailed industry tips visit Vault Career Guides. Sample list below. 


Review a sample list of graduate programs recent UMD CCJS alumni are pursuing. 

Start researching your career path of interest to identify if there are additional educational requirements. Sample job titles that require an advance degree:

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Assistant United States Attorney
  • Attorney
  • Consular Officer
  • Contract Attorney
  • Contract Patent Attorney
  • Crime Analyst
  • Criminal Intelligence Analyst
  • Foreign Affairs Officer
  • Investigator
  • Professor of Criminology
  • Program Analyst
  • Research and Writing Specialist
  • Senior Consultant (Anti-Money Laundering)
  • Special Agent
  • Plus many more

Graduate School Resources/Tips from the Feller Center

Market Skills Developed: CCJS Major

Skills lead to jobs. Which skills do you possess?

  • Assess your skills, abilities, interests, and values and explore how they relate to career options.
  • Skills inventory - get started identifying your unique assets.

Sample list of skills developed in class.

  • Descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Social science research methods
  • Understanding of basic criminology and criminal justice content area
  • Competency in applying quantitative skills to criminological concepts
  • Read more about your major's learning objectives 
Professional Competencies for a Career-Ready Workforce, NACE

Skills lead to jobs. Which skills do you possess?

Highlight your skills in your application materials

Gain Experience

Internships are a great way to try out an interest, regardless if they are directly related to your major. Employers tend to favor job seekers who have had an internship in the field they are hiring for. CCJS, Internship Success Stories

Sample internship sites/title

  • Consulting Intern, Protiviti, Inc.
  • Counterterrorism Research Intern, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
  • Criminal Investigative Intern, Major Crimes Unit at the Fairfax Public Defender’s Office
  • Data Entry Intern, Maryland State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy
  • Drug Enforcement Task Force Intern, U.S. Attorney's Office
  • Drug Task Force Intern, Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Discovery Unit Intern, New Jersey State Police
  • Government Affairs Intern, Maryland Chamber of Commerce
  • Homicide Unit Intern, Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
  • Intern and Clerk, Chester County Office of the District Attorney
  • Intern Investigator, Public Defender Service
  • Intern, DC Pretrial Services
  • Intern, Greenbelt Police Department
  • Intern, International Community Corrections Association
  • Intern, Office of the Attorney General
  • Intern, Office of Majority Leader, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer
  • Intern, Metropolitan Police Department of Washington DC
  • Intern, U.S. Department of State
  • Investigative Intern, Legal Aid Society
  • Law Enforcement Apprentice Program, Montgomery County Police Department
  • Legal Aid Intern, Undergraduate Student Legal Aid Office
  • Legal Intern, The Law Offices of Darlene Wright Powell and Investigative Intern, Maryland Office of the Public Defender for Prince George’s County
  • Legislative Intern, Maryland General Assembly
  • Manhattan Special Victims Squad Intern, New York City Police Department (Manhattan Special Victims Squad)
  • Office Assistant/Firearms Examiner Assistant, Montgomery County Police Department
  • Research Intern, Justice Policy Institute (Research)
  • Student Analyst, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Student Intern, State Attorney's Office of Montgomery County

Start your search with these tips.

Sample list of opportunities:

Prepare to applyTips to customize your resume, cover letter, etc. 

UMD Criminology & Criminal Justice Internship Directory

Review this comprehensive list of organizations where past UMD CCJS students have successfully acquired internships.

Build Connections

After researching career paths, consider talking with people working in your field of interest to gain inside information. The links below provide sample events where you may be able to meet professionals in your field of interest. Use these opportunities to learn more about your field of interest, establish new networking contacts, and informational interviews.

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Notes from recent Employer Information Sessions- Log in with your CAS credentials to view the notes. 

Consider reviewing state and national associations related to criminal justice to access career path information and even attend association sponsored events to network with professionals in your field of interest. Start exploring areas below:

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