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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.

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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.

Resources: Career Planning 

Explore career path options with these resources:

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 government and state government options. Review more tips for BSOS majors.

For detailed tips, visit Vault’s Guide to Politics, Public Policy, and Activism Jobs. 

Explore: Forensic investigators, requires an advance degree

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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
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Add to your skills with LinkedIn Learning's skill based videos. 

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.

Sample internship sites/title

  • Counterterrorism Research Intern, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
  • 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
  • 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
  • Law Enforcement Apprentice Program, Montgomery County Police Department
  • Legal Advising Intern, Staines Magistrates' Court
  • 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

Sample list of opportunities

Featured Options:

  • Browse positions - featured in Careers4Terps for CCJS majors
  • Secretary’s Honors Program (SHP) - a new initiative to recruit exceptional recent graduates for careers at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that includes fellowships related to cybersecurity, policy, management, emergency management, and law
  • Police Auxiliary - on campus opportunity

Sites UMD students have interned at recently:

  • Activist Non-Profits of every stripe, e.g.
  • AIPAC
  • Brady Commission
  • Capital Area Immigrant Rights Coalition
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus
  • Department of Justice
  • Human Rights Watch
  • Kids in Need of Defense
  • Consider approaching lobbying Firms
  • Maryland General Assembly (usually comes with a stipend)
  • Pacific Legal Foundation
  • US Congress

Tip: Reach out to small law firms. Networking is crucial as firms are more willing to hire undergraduates as interns if they have an existing connection to the firm.

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: Researching programs:

YANA KRAMARENK ‘18 (CCJS)

YANA KRAMARENK ‘18 (CCJS), Office of Police Complaints,  Investigative Intern

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: