About Our Internship Program
Our goal is to provide college students with a rewarding and challenging internship through direct experience that will be beneficial for the intern and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles. This is a great opportunity for an intern to work with a designated mentor while gaining experience in various departments within the agency.
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 parole officer 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.
A Closer Look: A Parole Officer Internship Experience
A Parole Officer Internship is just one of the many areas an intern could focus on for their internship. Our agency currently has 41 parole offices throughout the state of Georgia. Students may apply for an internship at any of these locations. Interns are exposed to all parole officer duties except arrest and transport of parole violators. They become an integral part of the office team and are relied upon to handle many parole officer functions on low-level offenders. Under the supervision of a Chief Parole Officer or Senior Parole Officer, interns may be assigned several job duties which allow them to gain a working knowledge of the parole process and the day-to-day activities of a parole officer. An intern's responsibilities may include verifying offenders' employment and residence by telephone and entering that data into the agency'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.
Note: Examples of other internships include Information Technology, Budget, Human Resources, Research and Evaluation, Victim Services, Legal Services and Public Relations.
Be a U.S. citizen or a lawful alien.
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.
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.
Be recommended by a faculty member.
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.
Be physically able to perform the duties of a parole officer if seeking a Parole Officer Internship.
How to Apply
To be considered for an internship with our agency, students must submit an online internship application via this site. The application can be found by selecting the “Current Job Announcements” tab within this site and then selecting “Internship” from the the list of vacancies.
If selected, you will be contacted for an interview. Assignment of interns is based on the workload needs of the requested area. The addresses of all parole offices are included in the application package if applying for a Parole Officer Internship. Assignments cannot be promised.