Daily Journal Instructions

The Daily Journal is an important part of the internship coursework. It provides you with the opportunity to reflect on and process your work experiences with the agency. It also allows the internship coordinator to track the your hours and work assignments. 

General Instructions:

  • A Daily Journal will be kept for each day that you work, regardless of the number of hours worked for that day.
  • You must send a set of Daily Journals to the internship coordinator after every 40 hours you work (unless you are instructed differently by the coordinator). You will continue to send your journals until all hours of the internship are completed.
  • The internship coordinator will advise you of the date when the first set of Daily Journals are due.
  • A set of Daily Journals will be combined into one document and e-mailed to the internship coordinator as an attachment. 
  • If you do not have access to e-mail you will complete the copies of the Daily Journal form, available on the departmental forms page. One form is completed for each day worked. The Daily Journals are then mailed to the internship coordinator after every 40 hours of work.
            Michael Klein
            Internship Coordinator
            Department of Criminal Justice
            1401 Presque Isle Avenue
            Marquette, MI 49855

Daily Journal Contents:

  • Type your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address in the upper left-hand corner of the first page of the set of Daily Journals.
  • Clearly delineate the day, date, shift (in hours) and total hours worked for each day. This will then be followed by a detailed description of the day’s activities and the your personal reactions and comments regarding those activities.
  • Record your shift or hours by using a.m. and p.m.
  • Use appropriate grammar, spelling and punctuation. You may be asked to resubmit Daily Journals that are poorly written.


  • Retain copies of your Daily Journals and your final internship paper as it might be useful in future job interviews.
  • Keep a small notebook with you at all times during your internship so that you can record your activities and observations. The notebook entries will be helpful in writing your Daily Journals and final paper. This notebook should also be retained for future reference.