Internship Program

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The deadlines for submitting internship applications are listed below. All students must attend the general orientation meeting on the date indicated from 12:30-3:30 pm. Students also must meet with their academic advisors in the AYS Office of Academic Assistance for an evaluation of their transcripts prior to the individual placement meeting with the Internship Coordinator. 

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 Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology for final review.

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

2 Semester Plan for all Criminal Justice & Criminology Internship Applications

Internship Application Deadlines

General Orientation Meeting Dates

September 15 for Summer Interns

4th Friday in October for Summer Interns

February 15 for Fall Interns

4th Friday in March for Fall Interns

May 15 for Spring Interns

4th Friday in June for Spring Interns

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

Internship Coordinator: Sue Carter Collins, JD, PhD

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, and corporate 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 Seminar in Criminal Justice and CRJU 4935/4940 Criminal Justice Field Instruction. Students must 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.

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 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. 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.

Student’s Responsibility to Obtain Approved Placement

It is the student’s reponsibility to find an approved placement. 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 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.

Mandatory Meetings

Each semester prospective interns must attend two mandatory meetings. The first meeting is a general orientation meeting during which students will be administered a criminal justice competency examination, and will be provided detailed information about the deadlines and requirements of the internship placement process. The general meeting will be followed by individual placement interviews during which the Internship Coordinator will discuss the student’s career interests and attempt to identify appropriate agencies and contacts. Students who apply to intern by the appropriate application deadline will receive a letter from the Internship Coordinator reminding them of the meeting date, and informing them of the time and location of the general orientation meeting. Students who fail to attend both meetings will be will not be allowed to intern in the desired semester and will be required to reapply.

Internship Policies

Students are responsible for reading and understanding the policies and procedures of the internship program, which are contained in the “Undergraduate Criminal Justice Internship Handbook.” If a student has a question about the internship program, the student should contact their academic advisor or  the assigned Criminal Justice staff person,  or schedule an appointment with 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 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 Instructor when determining whether students should receive a passing grade in CrJu 4935/4940 Criminal Justice Field Placement. Students who are terminated by their agency for cause or removed from the agency by the Internship Coordinator for inappropriate behavior including lack of professionalism will receive a failing grade in the course.