Internship Program

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The deadlines for submitting internship applications are listed below. All students must attend both the General Orientation Meeting from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the date indicated in the table below and a Small Group Meeting the following week.  Students should contact Mary Mason (crimlm@gsu.edu, 404-413-1020) to reserve a space for a Small Group Meeting. Students who fail to attend the General and Small Group Meetings may not be allowed to intern in the desired semester and may be required to reapply.

Prior to the Small Group Meeting, students should schedule an appointment to have their resume reviewed by the Career Services Office of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (http://career.aysps.gsu.edu/individualized-career-counseling/). Students should bring a copy of the reviewed resume to the Small Group Meeting for placement in their internship file.

Students must meet with their academic advisors in the AYSPS Office of Academic Assistance for an evaluation of their transcripts and creation of a Two-Semester Plan prior to the individual placement meeting with the Internship Coordinator.

2 Semester Plan for all Criminal Justice & Criminology Internship Applications

Internship Application Instructions All internship applications will be reviewed by the Office of Academic Assistance (OAA) to determine students’ academic eligibility. If a student meets all requirements (GPA, course requirements, etc.) the application will be forwarded to the Internship Coordinator in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology for final review.

Complete the online internship application at: https://aysps.wufoo.com/forms/criminal-justice-internship-application/

Brightspace Criminal Justice Internship Resource Site All deadlines, forms, possible internship host agencies, checklists and other relevant information can be located on the Brightspace Criminal Justice Internship Resource (hereinafter BrightSpace) site.

Internship Application Deadlines* Mandatory General Orientation Meeting Dates Document Completion Deadline
September 15th for Summer Interns 4th Friday in October for Summer Interns February 28th (February 29th during leap years)
February 15th for Fall Interns 4th Friday in March for Fall Interns June 30th
May 15th for Spring Interns 4th Friday in June for Spring Interns September 30th

*Note: If the 15th falls on a weekend, the application deadline will be extended to the first Monday of the following week.

Internship Coordinator: Michael B. Shapiro, J.D, mshapiro5@gsu.edu, 404-413-1028, 1224 Urban Life

Background Central to the educational experience of a criminal justice major is the opportunity to compare theory and knowledge acquired in the classroom with practical experience and knowledge gained in a criminal justice agency.  All criminal justice majors are required to participate in an approved internship during the last semester of their senior year. There are currently over 200 agencies that participate in the internship program. Participating agencies include federal, state, county, municipal, and private sector organizations that deal with all aspects of criminal justice including police, courts, law, corrections, juvenile justice, mental health, immigration, and corporate cyber security.

General Information Only undergraduates who are declared degree seeking criminal justice majors are eligible to participate in the internship program.

The internship program consists of two courses: CRJU 4930 Internship seminar in Criminal Justice and CRJU 4935/4940 Criminal Justice Field Instruction. Students must successfully complete both courses during their last semester in residence at Georgia State University. Because the placement process commences approximately 6 to 7 months before CRJU 4930 and CRJU 4935/4940 are taken, all criminal justice majors must complete an online internship application no later than the deadline provided for the semester that they plan to intern.

After the student’s application is reviewed by the Office of Academic Assistance, a hardcopy of the application will be placed in the student’s internship file, which is maintained in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that information contained in the application (e.g., address, telephone numbers, and criminal histories) is always current. Failure to do so may prevent the student from receiving information in a timely manner, which could prevent the student from interning during the desired semester.

Before students are considered for enrollment in CRJU 4930 and CRJU 4935/4940, they must complete all of the core general education requirements (i.e., areas A through F). They also must have a 2.00 GPA (of total hours earned) the semester immediately prior to commencing the internship course sequence. Students that meet the internship academic requirements at the time they are placed with an agency but fail to maintain the required GPA in the semester immediately prior to interning will no longer be eligible to intern and will be removed from both courses. If this occurs, the affected students must reapply to intern in a future semester.

NOTE: Students who are terminated by their agency or removed from the agency by the Internship Coordinator for inappropriate behavior including lack of professionalism will receive a failing grade in the courses and are not permitted to re-take CRJU 4935/4940.

Participating Agencies Participating agencies have different requirements and deadlines for students applying to intern. Many federal and state agencies require students to begin the placement process with them at least 6 to 8 months or even up to 12 months prior to the semester in which the student plans to intern. County, municipal, and private sector agencies also vary in their application requirements, with some requiring students to apply several months in advance, while others may require only a few weeks or days to complete the placement process.

Agencies also have different requirements regarding the number of hours that a student must work each week while interning and some non-governmental agencies require a full year’s commitment. If a student accepts a placement with an agency that requires completion of a greater number of hours than required by the Department, the student must complete the agreed upon hours in order to successfully pass CRJU 4930 and CRJU 4935/4940.

City of Atlanta Police Department Students desiring to intern with the City of Atlanta Police Department should take special note of the information on the BrightSpace site and follow those instructions carefully.  Because the City of Atlanta Police Department does not perform background checks until approximately thirty (30) days before commencement of the internship, upon request they will provide a provisional acceptance to the Internship Coordinator.

Student’s Responsibility to Obtain Approved Placement It is the student’s responsibility to find an approved placement. Students should consult the Brightspace list but are also free to identify and explore other sites.  Sites on Brightspace are pre-approved; however, new sites must be approved by the Internship Coordinator.  While the Internship Coordinator will assist students by identifying the types of agencies that are appropriate and providing them with agency contacts (if available), it is up to the student to contact agencies, request an interview, and secure a placement. To facilitate this process, students are encouraged to research agencies online—prior to meeting with the Internship Coordinator—to ascertain the availability of criminal justice internships and learn what is involved in the agency’s placement process.

Placing a student with an agency takes a good deal of time, effort, coordination, and agency resources. Several deadlines are imposed on students to facilitate their success. These deadlines are announced in advance both on Brightspace and at the mandatory General Orientation Meeting and are designed to assure that all aspects of each placement are handled in a timely and efficient manner. Students who fail to comply with the deadlines that are imposed will not be permitted to enroll in CRJU 4930 and CRJU 4935/4940 during the semester that they had originally planned.

Internship Policies Students are responsible for reading and understanding the policies and procedures of the internship program, which are contained in the “Undergraduate Internship Criminal Justice Handbook.” If a student has a question about the internship program, the student should first consult the Internship Handbook and Brightspace site and if the answer is not found, then the student should contact their academic advisor or the Internship Coordinator. The phone number of the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is 404-413-1020.

Evaluation by Students and Agencies At the conclusion of the internship, students are required to complete the Student Evaluation of Internship Experience, which asks their opinion of whether they gained valuable practical experience, knowledge, and/or skills as a result of the internship experience with their assigned agency. The information also is used to help determine whether future students should continue to be referred to the agency for placement.

At the conclusion of the internship placement, agencies are requested to complete the Agency Evaluation of Criminal Justice Intern survey, which assesses students on several measures including work readiness, academic and professional growth and development, and level of professionalism. The survey results will be considered by the Internship Coordinator and used to better prepare GSU criminal justice students for the Internship program.