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Eligibility and Program Policies

All internships undertaken for academic credit must be approved by both the host agency and the Criminal Justice Studies Program.  To be eligible for placement, a student must:

  1. be in good academic standing (UGA GPA > 2.0).
  2. have an academic record with a 2.5 overall GPA and a 2.5 major GPA with no grade lower than a "C" in a major course. There should be no "incompletes" or class grades pending.

Certain internships will often require (formally or informally) a higher GPA.

During the internship semester, students will be registered for and earn 15 semester credit hours and will be required to work full-time, approximately 40 hours per week, in the agency. Students must complete all of their relevant CJ coursework (with grades of C or better) prior to doing the internship. During the internship, students are prohibited from taking other courses, and students should not expect to work for compensation in other jobs part-time. Financial planning for the internship semester is essential.

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