SUMMARY:The Detroit Police Department has established a Summer Internship Program to provide an opportunity for college, university and recent college graduates to apply concepts, theories and techniques that they have learned in the classroom to solve problems and develop processes and procedures and provide support within an assigned area.  Police Interns will experience all aspects of the Detroit Police Department operations and be provided the opportunity to work closely with police personnel as they perform all types of police duties.  The Detroit Police Department has designed the internship to enhance the employ ability of the intern as well as acquaint the intern with opportunities for a career and development through the Detroit Police Department.

Examples of Duties


  • Experience the operations and responsibilities of police work in the Detroit Police Department.
  • Apply concepts, theories and the techniques learned in the classroom to assist in solving problems and developing procedures and processes with assigned areas.
  • Participate in ride-alongs with patrol officers; observe (and assist when requested) all aspects of a patrolman's duties, including accident investigations, traffic enforcement, criminal investigations and preventive patrol.
  • Assist officers with cases and investigations.
  • Observe officers on all assignments except in situations where the intern may be placed in jeopardy due to being an untrained and/or unarmed observer.  The intern will be re-integrated into the work situation upon elimination of the potential threat or harm.
  • Perform actual duties as assigned.
  • Provide administrative support as requested.
  • Run departmental errands.
  • Receive direct exposure to the field of criminology.
  • Report to duty as scheduled.
  • Understand requirements to become employed as a police officer in the Detroit Police Department.
  • Participate in Career Development learning.
  • Participate in Career Days.
  • Complete exit interview and program evaluation at the end of the internship.

Work Schedule: 32 hours per weekInterns must be available to work on Wednesdays from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon (Career Day) and at least three (3) day shifts (7:30 am – 4:00 pm) between Mondays and Fridays each week.Interns will report directly to the supervisor within the assigned area.  Interns will be under the management of the Internship Coordinators within the Detroit Police Department Human Resources Bureau. Intern work schedules may be dependent on assigned area.  Interns are expected to report to work on time and as scheduled.  Failure to report for duty will result in an evaluation reflecting unsatisfactory performance, and may result in termination of the internship. Minimum Qualifications


  • Currently enrolled in a college or university program, academic associate, undergraduate or graduate, or a recent grad (within 3 months of the start of the internship)
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.0 (Those with a grade point average of 2.3 or above will be given preference)
  • Age 18 or older
  • Interest in pursuing a career as a police officer and/or in law enforcement
  • Must be U.S citizen

  Supplemental Information

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an intern to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the intern is frequently required to sit and talk or hear, use hands or fingers, handle, feel or operate the objects, tools or controls and reach with arms and hands.  The intern is occasionally required to walk.  The intern must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an intern encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is varied.  The position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the Detroit Police Department (DPD) and the intern and is subject to change by Detroit Police Department as the needs and requirements of the internship changes.  


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