Be a Police Intern
We are no longer accepting applications for the Fall 2019 semester. The deadline has passed.
We are now accepting applications for the Spring 2020 semester.
The Spring semester application deadline is October 21, 2019.
The Spring 2020 semester will be from Monday, January 6, 2020, through April 24, 2020.
The program is full-time (40 hours each week).
Internships are open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Selected students will be on a rotation, partnering with police officers, detectives, crime scene investigators, sheriff's deputies, and core civilian staff in the performance of their daily duties and assignments. Interns will have an opportunity to do real police work with the best equipment and technology the field has to offer in a major metropolitan environment.
The internships provide a diverse and unique experience that helps lay the foundation for numerous criminal justice careers.
Some of the entities interns are assigned to include:
- Special Patrol Bureau (Aviation, Marine Patrol, K-9, Motorcycle Unit, Bomb Squad, Special Response Team, Special Events)
- Central Records Bureau
- Communications Bureau (Police Call Center, Police Dispatchers)
- Public Information & Education Bureau (Media, Community Services)
- Warrants Bureau
- Governmental Services Bureau
- Forensic Services Bureau
- Homicide Bureau
- Robbery Bureau
- Special Victims Bureau
- Uniform Patrol (North and South Districts)
The Student Internship Program is a non-paid internship, though students may be able to receive college credit through their institution.
The internships are 16 weeks during the fall and spring terms, and 12 weeks during the summer. Each week, selected interns must work with MDPD Monday through Friday, eight hours a day, 40 hours a week. Daily schedules vary and could be either a day shift or an afternoon shift. All interns are responsible for their own food and housing.
Undergraduate applicants must be either a junior or senior at a fully accredited college or university. Students who have already graduated from school are not eligible to attend.
For more information, call Sergeant Martha Melcon or send an email.
An applicant must be:
- Interested in a career in criminal justice.
- Highly-motivated and ready to broaden their understanding of real police work.
- At least 18 years old.
- If an undergraduate, at least in the third or fourth year or any graduate student at an accredited college or university.
- Minimum 3.0 GPA in their major, and minimum 2.7 GPA overall.
- Recommended by their faculty advisor.
- Able to participate in a telephone interview.
The number of credits you will earn for participating in the internship program ranges from 6 to 12 credits and depends upon your individual school and advisor.
In order to start the application process, provide the following:
- Your résumé.
- Your current sealed official college transcripts.
- A copy of your driver's license and student identification card.
- Two 2" x 2" passport photographs.
- A criminal background check from your place of residence (go to your local police station or sheriff's office).
- A letter of recommendation from your school's internship coordinator or faculty advisor.
For foreign police officers/criminal justice students:
- Your passport and visa.
- A national criminal clearance letter.
When all the above listed documentation is received, an additional criminal background check will be conducted by the Department. The student must pass this background check in order to be admitted into the program.
Student Internship Coordinator
The MDPD Student Internship Coordinator supervises the SIP. He or she also:
- Answers questions regarding the completion of the application.
- Monitors the completion of required weekly reports by the intern.
- Completes midterm and final evaluations for interns as required by their school(s).
- Issues a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program.
- Handles intern schedules during their time with MDPD.
- Ensures each intern undergoes a background check via MDPD Personnel Management Bureau.