Term of Award

Fall 2011

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Education Administration (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Teri Denlea Melton

Committee Member 1

Randall Carlson

Committee Member 2

Linda M. Arthur

Abstract

It was the hypothesis of the researcher that exposing criminal justice students to the career field through the completion of a criminal justice internship will increase job satisfaction for the individual in state level investigative law enforcement and the field as a whole. Increased job satisfaction, in turn, produces higher retention rates which may lead to making the state level investigative law enforcement field a more stable environment. Therefore, the purpose of this correlational study was to discover if there was a difference in the score on Spector's Job Satisfaction Survey between state level investigative law enforcement personnel who completed an internship and those who did not. Data were collected by electronically delivering the Job Satisfaction Survey, along with demographic questions, to the personnel from state level investigative law enforcement agencies in Georgia, Tennessee, and Oklahoma through SurveyMonkey©. The participants from Oklahoma were omitted due to the insignificant response. The results were statistically investigated. The findings for those who completed an internship and those who did not were compared across the demographic questions concerning age, gender, experience, and race/ethnicity to determine if these demographics have an impact. Further, scores for those who completed an internship and those who did not were compared across the four sub-scales related to an internship. These sub-scales were: operating conditions, coworkers, nature of work, and communication. It was determined that there was no significant difference in job satisfaction between those who completed an internship and those who did not. Further, it was determined there were no significant differences relating to the demographic questions nor the sub-scales related to an internship; however, mean scores calculated for the sub-scales were highest for nature of work and lowest for operating conditions.

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