UCF Intern Program


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The CFHIDTA intern program is designed to give criminal justice students insight and experience in the area of crime analysis. The internship is intended to last one year, beginning in the Fall. Student interns are expected to use discretion about any information obtained while working in the HIDTA office.


The CFHIDTA Intern is critical to the planning, gathering intelligence, and assisting in preparation of the Annual Threat Assessment to ONDCP (Office of National Drug Control Policy).  Their research will help identify major drug threats in the Central Florida region.  The Intern will conduct extensive research and inquiries that involve locating information which will identify these drug threats.  They will establish and maintain contact with regional investigative and intelligence organizations, such as, FDLE, Florida Domestic Marijuana Program, Drug Threat Surveys, etc., in order identify these drug threats and how they impact Central Florida.  They must be cognizant of current trends and research through open source media and commercial databases.  They will organize, prepare and summarize vast amounts of data to assist in the preparation of comprehensive written reports and biographical data sheets, graphs, and charts.  In addition, if time allows, the CFHIDTA Intern will “job shadow” select CFHIDTA Analysts as they perform their daily tasks for the CFHIDTA-ISC.  The CFHIDTA Intern position is very flexible depending on the needs of the ISC (Investigative Support Center).

Interns are be exposed to many ongoing active law enforcement investigations.  Confidentiality of information is paramount.  While participating in The CFHIDTA Intern Program the Intern must not discuss or reveal any investigative information outside the realm of an affiliated law enforcement agency or the CFHIDTA Investigative Support Center and if said information is revealed through the negligence of the Intern he/she is subject to disciplinary action up and including criminal charges.  (SOP-VI.  Restrictions)


  1. Must be at least 18 years of age
  2. Must be enrolled in a four year degree program at an accredited University or college.
  3. The student enrolled in a four year program will have completed 50% or of the required credits for a degree.
  4. The student must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  5. The student must be currently enrolled, through his or her respective college or university, in an Internship or independent study course.
  6. The student shall be in compliance with CFHIDTA’s standard of dress and personal appearance.
  7. The student must submit to and successfully complete a background investigation for DHS “Secret Clearance.”


  1. Gain insight and experience in a federal crime analysis organization
  2. Network with law enforcement personnel in the region
  3. Build various skills that improve you resume and chances for future employment

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For more information visit the UCF Internship page or contact Dr. Cory Watkins

R. Cory Watkins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director
Department of Criminal Justice
University of Central Florida
12805 Pegasus Dr.
Orlando, FL 32816