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Internship Program

PURPOSE

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Internship Program is a valuable learning experience for college and university students in a criminal justice or related career. The program is administered by the GBI Human Resources Office. The length of the internship is one semester as determined by the intern's college or university, with the concurrence of the GBI Human Resources Office. 

ELIGIBILITY

The program is open to full-time students in a criminal justice or related career who are currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university.   Students must be juniors or seniors in undergraduate school or first year graduate students in order to participate in the program.  Applicants must meet the following criteria:

1.   U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age.
2.   In good academic standing with their college or university.
3.   Must be enrolled in school during the semester the student plans to intern.
4.   Recommended by their college or university to participate in the program.

DISQUALIFICATION STANDARDS

Students will be disqualified from participation in the GBI Internship Program for any of the following:

  • Prior convictions for a felony or for misdemeanors of high and aggravated nature.
  • Deliberate misrepresentation or falsification of any GBI application or background information.
  • Deliberate misrepresentation of illegal drug history in connection with the application.
  • Illegal use of any drug while employed in any law enforcement or criminal justice position or while employed in any position that has a high level of responsibility.
  • Illegal sale, distribution or manufacturing (to include growing ) of any drug.
  • Illegal use of marijuana within two years of internship application date.
  • Use of an illegal drug or combination of illegal drugs, other than experimental marijuana use, within ten years of the internship application date.

       Experimental use of marijuana which will be determined by:

  1. Number of times used.
  2. Frequency of use.
  3. Age of applicant at time of use.
  4. Circumstances surrounding use.
  • Use of an illegal drug or combination of illegal drugs, other than marijuana, more than 5 times.
  • Deliberate association of a personal nature within the past twelve months with any person who used illegal drugs in the presence of the student. Deliberate association will be determined by:
  1. Circumstances surrounding the incident.
  2. Location of incident. 
  3. Applicants response or lack of response in the incident.
  • Conduct or activity which reflects a disregard for local, state, or federal laws or which conflicts with the standards of behavior or ethical principles of the GBI.
  • Failure to complete the polygraph examination process.
  • Driver's history which suggests a pattern of disregard for the law.
  • Credit history which suggests fiscal irresponsibility.

Application

1.   Intern applicants must submit to the GBI Human Resources Office prior to the semester in which the internship is to be served the following:

  • Application for Student Internship
  • Agreement on Guidelines for GBI Interns
  • Authorization for Release of Personal Information
  • Waiver of Liability
  • Awareness Statement
  • Apprenticeship/Internship Questionnaire

The Human Resources Office will review the application to determine if the student meets the internship program qualifications.

2.    Intern applicants must be willing to serve as interns for a minimum of 30 hours a week for eight weeks in order to receive the most benefit from the GBI Internship Program.  Students may work longer hours and weeks as directed by their college/university internship coordinators and GBI work unit supervisors to ensure their college requirements are met.

3.    The Human Resources Office will coordinate interviews for the intern applicants and the supervisor of the work unit in which the internship is to be served.  The supervisor will approve or disapprove the acceptance of the intern applicant.

4.    Intern applicants must successfully complete a GBI polygraph examination and background investigation to be accepted into the program.

5.    Upon consultation with appropriate supervisors, the Human Resources Office will place the intern in a GBI work unit with consideration given to the needs of the appropriate division, the geographic availability of the intern, and the education skills and background of the intern.

6.    The GBI will attempt to accommodate all intern applicants, but there are no guarantees that everyone who applies will be approved for an internship with the GBI.

7.    Applicants selected for internships in the Investigative Division may intern at one of the regional offices or GBI Headquarters.  Applicants selected for the Division of Forensic Sciences or GeorgiaCrimeInformationCenter will serve their internships at GBI Headquarters.  Students will not be allowed to intern at multi-jurisdictional task force offices or regional crime labs.

Guidelines and Restrictions

  1. Interns will conform to the dress and conduct code of the GBI.
  2. The supervisors of the work unit in which the intern works will hold direct responsibility of the intern.
  3. Interns will be exposed, as much as possible, to the various operations of the assigned work unit.
  4. Interns will not be placed in life-threatening situations.
  5. Under the supervision of the GBI staff, interns will be permitted to operate GBI vehicles in a non-emergency status provided the intern has a valid driver's license and a good driving history.
  6. Interns will not wear any clothing which could be construed as a GBI uniform.

Summary Report

At the conclusion of the internship, the intern will provide a written evaluation of the field experience to the GBI supervisor, emphasizing the strong and weak points of the program and any recommendations for change.   Copies of the above evaluations will be forwarded to the student's college or university and to the GBI Human Resources Office for filing and for dissemination to appropriate supervisory personnel.

Exceptions

Exceptions to the above policy must be approved by the GBI Director.