Police Internship

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For those considering a career in law enforcement or related field, we have some exciting ways to gain practical experience in a leading municipal police environment. Internship positions are available through the Maricopa Police Department to college and high school students. The positions are filled on a semester/term basis, depending on staffing and current project needs.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required. All internship positions may be subject of a full background check. Internships are typically two to six months, based upon the applicant's needs. Hour requirements vary and depend upon staffing, project, applicant, and supervisor needs.

The Maricopa Police Department currently has two positions available to interns:

Office of the Chief

Interns that work for the Office of the Chief contribute to a diverse set of tasks, including:

  • Accreditation
  • Policy maintenance
  • Research projects
  • Multimedia assistance
  • Special projects.

Interns can be expected to interact regularly with sworn and civilian staff and, engage in projects on a continuous and evolving basis. Applicants interested in an internship position with the Office of the Chief should complete:

  • The VIPS Application
  • A Current Resume
  • A description of the experience desired.

The items should be submitted to Ricardo Alvarado in the Office of the Chief.

Community Programs/Victim Assistance

The Maricopa Police Department Victim Assistance Program advocates for and empowers people in crisis.

Services provided include:

  • Education of victim rights
  • Crisis intervention
  • Emotional support on-scene and through investigations and/or the criminal justice process
  • Assistance with victim compensation claims
  • Referrals to community resources.

Intern would receive approximately 20 hours of training prior to on-scene response. Interns can assist with the development and implementation of a new program called You Are Not Alone which provides welfare calls and regular visits to elderly, disabled or veterans who live alone. This program has a case management component as well as researching the juvenile runaway and youth suicide issues in the community in partnership with the school resource officers and working to create a coordinated community response.

Future Potential Internship Spots

  • Dispatch and Communications