Where Public Safety and Progress Meet

Internships

Our goal is to provide college students with a challenging and rewarding internship through direct experience that will be beneficial for the intern and the department. This is a great opportunity for an intern to work with a designated mentor while gaining experience in various units within the department.

Although there is no monetary compensation available for internships, interns may be eligible to earn credit hours for their work. The number of credit hours you may be eligible to earn will be decided by your school. Usually, an internship with our agency is for ten 40-hour work weeks, but alternate schedules may be arranged.
 
Most interns are pursuing degrees in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration or Pre-Law. If you are not pursuing a degree in one of these areas, you can still be considered for an internship with the following majors: Social Work, Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Journalism, Management or Human Resources.
 
While we currently offer internships in Information Technology, Finance, Human Resources, Legal Services and Public Affairs; an internship as a Community Supervision Officer is by far our most popular. Our agency currently has locations throughout the state of Georgia in all 49 judicial circuits. Students may apply for an internship at any of these locations. Interns are exposed to all community supervision officer duties except arrest and transport of violators. They become an integral part of the office team and are relied upon to handle many community supervision officer functions on low-level offenders. Under the supervision of a Chief Community Supervision Officer, interns may be assigned several job duties which allow them to gain a working knowledge of the probation & parole process and the day-to-day activities of a community supervision officer. An intern's responsibilities may include verifying offenders' employment and residence by telephone and entering that data into the department's computerized case-management system. Interns may also conduct urine screens and assist in completing offender background investigations. Additionally, interns may ride with officers when they conduct routine supervision in the field.
 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful alien.
  • Must be a junior, senior, or graduate level student at a 4-year accredited college/university with a minimum Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) of 2.5.
  • Must be majoring in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Political Science or Public Administration, Pre-Law Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Journalism, Management, or Human Resources.
  • Must be recommended by a faculty member.
  • Must have no criminal history of offenses involving moral turpitude or a pattern of disregard for public safety. Careful consideration will be given to any criminal history the applicant might have.
  • Must be physically able to perform the duties of a community supervision officer if seeking a Community Supervision Officer Internship.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can download an internship application from the "Related Files" section at the bottom of this page.  Completed internship applications should be emailed to dcsinternship@dcs.ga.gov.  Once received, the DCS Office of Human Resources will review your application and contact you.