Criminal Justice Program

Correctional Services Internship

Welcome to the Akins High School Correctional Services Internship (CSI) page.  With a partnership with the Travis County Sheriff's Office, Akins students have the unique opportunity to go out to the Downtown Travis County Jail and the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle to learn directly from current Correctional Officers.  The goal of the Correctional Services Internship is to have the student ready for a career in Corrections by the time they graduate. 
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During the course, students will earn four certifications to take with them upon completion of the internship which include the following...

  • Texas Municipal Jailer Certification
  • Correctional Services Professional Certification
  • Private Security Level II Certification
  • Objective Jail Classification Certification

In the classroom, students will learn the following topics...


  • Basic organizational models for municipal, county, state, or federal correctional facilities and the history of correctional services.
  • Officer's role in maintaining order and safety along with professional standards and ethical responsibilities
  • Issues related to human behavior and relations in a detention facility
  • Methods of screening for and addressing injurious prisoner behavior
  • Intake procedures for a detention facility
  • Various inmate health care issues and processes
  • Methods of providing various prisoner services
  • Prisoner and facility security protocols
  • Appropriate actions to take in emergency situations at a detention facility.
  • Report-writing methods and courtroom procedures
  • Situations requiring the use of force and the use of force continuum.
  • Self-defense and defensive tactics

At the end of the internship the students will be career ready and will have a Professional Portfolio that will include the following...

  • Professional Resume
  • Four Industry Certification Certificates
  • Letters of Recommendation from Industry Professionals
  • Industry references
  • Awards for Industry Skills Competitions 
  • Experience with Correctional Officer Tasks and Duties