Gwinnett County Police Department Internship Program
Summer Semester Beginning: August – December
(DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2021)
Applications to participate in the intern program are accepted from students currently enrolled in a degree program at an accredited college or university.
The internship must be a requirement to complete the degree program and credit hours offered for completion.
Applicants must submit a personal resume along with a letter of recommendation from the intern coordinator of the college/university or the department head.
The letter of recommendation should include:
- Notice of student in good standing
- Minimum number of hours required
- Number of credit hours awarded upon completion
- Start and end dates of the internship
All applicants or questions regarding the program should be forwarded to Master Police Officer R.C. Leggett, Gwinnett County Police Intern Coordinator
- mail: P.O. Box 602 Lawrenceville, GA 30046
- email: PDrecruiter@gwinnettcounty.com
- Fax: 770-513-5531
- Office: 770-513-5513
Only a select number of interns will be accepted per quarter/semester. Please send your applications in prior to the dates listed below in order to be considered for the program.
All selected interns will report to the intern coordinator, Master Police Officer R.C. Leggett. This is a non-profit unpaid internship.
Even though it states this position as “full-time”, the hours depends on the colleges/universities requirements. Handshake won’t allow me to check both full and part time, but some schools request less hours than others. We base the hours around the students schedule as well.
Interns will be provided a chance to experience what it is like to be a Gwinnett County Police Officer. They will be placed with the Uniform Division, Burglary Unit, Homicide Unit, Special Victims Unit, General Unit, Electronic & Financial Crimes Unit, Crime Scene Unit, Motor Theft Unit, and Robbery Unit. Interns will also have a chance to intern with our specialized units like the Accident Investigations Unit, DUI Unit, and Crime Prevention Unit.
Placement into these different units will be determined on availability and the number of hours your school requires for credit. Interns will meet with the intern coordinator once a month to turn in monthly evaluation forms and discuss any questions and concerns. A final evaluation will be completed on the interns final day to provide feedback, as well as, information on how to apply for open positions we can provide after the intern graduates.
We also have internship opportunities with our Communications Officers (911 Dispatchers) if you would like to learn what goes on behind the scenes through our 911 call center. This is a separate internship for those interested in the communications officer aspect of the job.
EMPLOYMENT LAWS AND RULES
INTERNS AND TRAINEES
The following six criteria apply when making this determination:
1. The internship, even though it includes actual operation of the facilities of the employer, is similar to training which would be given in an educational environment;
2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close supervision of existing staff;
4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern; and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded;
5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.
All of the factors listed above are met, an employment relationship does not exist under the FLSA, and the Act’s minimum wage and overtime provisions do not apply to the intern. This exclusion from the definition of employment is necessarily quite narrow because the FLSA’s definition of “employ” is very broad.
For more information, see WHD Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under The Fair Labor Standards Act.
PAID VS. UNPAID