CJ faculty and the Career Development Center highly encourage students to complete an internship within their concentration to complement their classroom learning. Mercyhurst University has many partnerships with police and sheriff’s departments, juvenile and adult probation offices, prisons and jails, community corrections agencies, law offices, county judges, district attorney’s and public defender’s offices. We place students in federal, state, and local agencies. We add new placements every year!

Although students can be placed anywhere in the country for their internship, a number of students complete their internships in Erie County. There are many criminal justice and social service agencies close to campus. For example, the Erie County Courthouse, which houses many criminal justice agencies, is within a 10 minute drive of campus (it is also on the bus route from campus). Students have the option to do their placements during the school year or during the summer.

Below is a sampling of our criminal justice internship placements:

  • City of Erie Police Department 
  • U.S. Marshal’s Office (Western District of NY)
  • New York State Police
  • Boston Police Department
  • Ocean City Police Department (Maryland)
  • Buffalo Police Department
  • Los Angeles Police Department
  • Allegheny County Police Department
  • St. Mary’s Police Department
  • Warren County Sheriff’s Office
  • Erie County (NY) Sheriff's Department
  • Avalon Police Department (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Lackawanna Police Department (Buffalo, NY)
  • Dover Police Department (Dover, NH)
  • Shaker Heights, Police Department (Ohio)
  • Geauga County, Sheriff’s Department
  • District Attorney’s Office, Nassau County
  • Amberley Village Police Department
  • Presque Isle State Park Police
  • Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department
  • St. Mary’s Police Department
  • Erie County, Edmund L. Thomas Detention Center
  • Erie County PA Adult Probation/Parole
  • Erie County PA Juvenile Probation
  • Erie County PA Public Defender’s Office
  • Erie International Airport Police
  • Pennsylvania Board Probation/Parole (Western District, Erie office)
  • Clearfield County Probation Department
  • Nicholas Perot & Smith Kohler Wall
  • Clearfield Co Magisterial District Judges
  • Erie County District Magistrates
  • Ford City Magistrate
  • Venango County Court of Common Pleas
  • Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh)
  • Monroe County Public Defender's Office (New York)
  • Chautauqua County District Attorney (New York)
  • Perseus House (Juvenile Treatment facilities)
  • Achievement Center
  • Gateway Rehabilitation 
  • Sarah Reed Children’s Center
  • Hermitage House Youth Services
  • Allegheny Co. Juvenile Probation
  • Butler County Adult Probation
  • Auberle (Juvenile Residential Treatment)
  • Community Corrections Center
  • SafeNet, (Domestic Violence Services)
  • Bayfront Maritime Center
  • George Junior Republic
  • SCI Cambridge Springs (Prison)
  • SCI, Albion (Prison)
  • Waldameer Amusement Park (Security)
  • Swan & Dolphin Hotel (Walt Disney World)
  • Presque Isle Downs and Casino

This is not an exhaustive listing as we add new placements every year.
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