Internship Academy

The Center for Homicide Research offered one of the finest internship programs in the United States. Over 600 students have completed internships with the Center. Qualifying students came from undergraduate, graduate and law schools. This was a multi-disciplinary opportunity, though majors typically included sociology, criminology, psychology, social psychology, forensic psychology, GIS (geographic information systems), statistics, or law. All internships are were unpaid, however the Center offered an interactive learning environment with real-world learning.

Research has identified, categorized and documented homicide in the United States.  Research was done primarily using Internet-based databases and archives, but additional research was often conducted at other locations around the Country.  Homicide incident records were also being retrieved from law enforcement and court systems, both online and in-person. Interns conducted research on identified homicide topics to gather additional information, and conduct analysis to identify patterns and trends.

Because of the complexity of the research data, researchers and interns were required to have an attention for detail. A working knowledge of sociological research was helpful, though not required.

Interns must also have had an inquisitive spirit. Many cases were not easily identified from the available sources and were required to be researched in great detail. Because these cases were often difficult to identify, multiple research strategies were encouraged under the supervision of the principal researcher.

Interns and researchers were required to have the ability to work with diverse cultures, communities and lifestyles. This included people of color, people with mental illnesses, and the homeless to name a few. An understanding of the LGBT community was also helpful, but not required. Students were also required to be willing to confront stigmatized topics of death, murder, and sex. Homicide routinely involves diverse forms of sexual behavior and this topic was frequently discussed, though in a clinical manner.

A background check was required of all students and was conducted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and did not allow any felony or violent convictions.

Work of the Center is continuing, however, the internship program has been discontinued.


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