The Athens-Clarke County Police Department (ACCPD) Internship Program is a valuable learning experience for currently enrolled college and university students interested in a criminal justice, forensic science, or related career. The length of the internship is one quarter or semester as determined by the student's college or university, with the concurrence of the ACCPD.
The program is open to students interested in a criminal justice, forensic science, or related career who are currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited college or university. Applicants must also meet the following criteria:
- U.S. citizen or Legal Resident at least 18 years of age.
- In good academic standing with their college or university.
- Must be enrolled in school during the quarter or semester the student plans to intern.
- Recommended by their college or university to participate in the program.
Students may be disqualified for any of the following:
- Illegal use of marijuana or non-prescription steroids within one year of internship application date.
- Deliberate misrepresentation of illegal drug history in connection with the application.
- Deliberate misrepresentation or falsification of any ACCPD application or background information.
- Prior convictions for a felony or misdemeanors of high and aggravated nature.
- Illegal use of any drug while employed in any position that has high level of responsibility.
- Illegal sale, distribution or manufacturing (to include growing) of any drug.
- Use of an illegal drug or combination of illegal drugs, other than experimental marijuana use or non-prescription anabolic steroids, within ten years of the internship application date.
Experimental use of marijuana will be determined by
- Number of times used
- Frequency of use
- Age at the time of use.
- Circumstances surrounding use.
- Deliberate association of a personal nature within the past twelve months with any person who used illegal drugs in the presence of applicant.
Deliberate association will be determined by:
- Circumstances surrounding the incident
- Location of incident
- 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 ACCPD.
Intern applicants must submit to the ACCPD prior to the semester in which the internship is to be served the following:
GUIDELINES AND RESTRICTIONS
- Interns are not commissioned with sworn officer status.
- Interns will conform to the dress and conduct code of the ACCPD.
- Interns will be responsible directly to the supervisory personnel of the work unit in which the internship is served. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that interns receive appropriate training dependent upon their work assignments.
- Interns will be exposed, as much as possible, to the various operations of the division or work unit to which they are assigned.
- Interns will not wear any clothing that would represent them as a sworn ACCPD officer or other ACCPD employee.