Field Experience

The field experience is an essential element of the Criminal Justice program, not only for course work completion but also for students to gain real-world work experience in the field they hope to pursue. These opportunities may include assisting lawyers as legal assistants, as researchers in criminal investigation and volunteers at many local faith-based organizations that provide services to victims of crime, juveniles, and local community. 

Students in the Criminal Justice program complete a mandatory 40-hour field experience in a criminal justice agency. The field experience is an essential element of the Esperanza College program in which students can expect to gain invaluable experience, connections, and an understanding of the criminal justice field. 

Upon matriculation into the program, students will be informed of field experience placement and timeline from the Program Director.  

Examples of field experience have included: 

Camden Prosecutor’s Office 

Philadelphia Police Department

• The Justice Juanita Kidd Stout Center for Criminal Justice of the Philadelphia Courts

Court of Common Pleas

Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole

Defenders Association of Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Prison Society