Internship Policy: Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice

The Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice believes that all students who apply for an internship must be personally and psychologically equipped, as well as academically prepared, for the experience. Interns are representatives of North Georgia College & State University, and therefore, must have a strong personal character consisting of maturity, integrity and high ethical standards. A student may be denied entry to an internship by the department, if the student, based on the professional judgment of the criminal justice faculty, has a questionable character or has exhibited behavior that indicates erratic, unpredictable or unsuitable conduct, including but not limited to:

  1. Known Honor Code or Academic Integrity Violations
  2. Frequent Tardiness
  3. Rudeness
  4. Erratic Behavior
  5. Known Alcohol and Drug Problems
  6. Known Criminal History
  7. Psychological Instability
  8. Poor Academic Performance
  9. Deceitful Behavior and/or Lying

This policy is based on the premise that criminal justice faculty should be a part of the evaluation of a student's ability to function adequately and safely in a work setting and that the faculty have a right and responsibility to make such judgment prior to placing a student in an internship.

The internship coordinator has the authority to withdraw a student from an internship if a student's performance constitutes a detriment to other personnel at the internship site or if the student behaves in an unprofessional manner during his or her internship. Information and documentation related to the withdrawal may be based on the direct knowledge of the internship coordinator or from information forwarded to the coordinator by the internship agency.

A student may appeal an internship denial or withdrawal by requesting that an appeals committee hear his or her case. The appeals committee will consist of two criminal justice or political science faculty members who are not intern coordinators and one faculty from another academic department. The student may appeal his or her case a second time by presenting the case to the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters.

A student who is denied an internship may be allowed to fulfill his or her graduation requirements by taking an equivalent number of academic courses as specified by his or her academic advisor and the department head. Courses will be selected that enable the student to meet the program's goals including completion of a capstone paper project.

Students are required to have a GPA of 2.0 in order to apply for an internship.

POLS 1101 is a prerequisite for all 3000-4000 political science courses.

CRJU 1100 is a prerequisite to all 3000-4000 level criminal justice courses.

For courses offered in the Department of Political Science & Criminal Justice, see Political Science Courses and Criminal Justice Courses.