Internships

The Madison Police Department accepts resumés for internships year-round, however, the majority of our internships take place in the summer. If you are interested in applying for an internship, please email your resumé and completed Authorization for Release of Information form in January to our Public Information Officer (PIO) Joel DeSpain. The following information must be included on your resumé.

  • Full legal name (first, middle & last name)
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Email address

The Process

After the first of the year, we determine how many interns we will be able to accept during the summer. Typically, we have 40-60 students competing for an average of 20 unpaid internship positions. This is a competitive internship process. Once your resumé and Authorization for Release of Information form have been submitted and reviewed, a background check is completed. Selected applicants are brought in for interviews in March with offers given in April. The majority of our internships take place from late May through August.

What Will My Internship Look Like Within the Department

The work assignments and hours will vary depending on your placement. We try to match students' interests and skill sets with what each supervisor is seeking. Interns have been previously placed with any of the following areas of our Department: District Captains, Community Police Teams (CPTs), Forensic Services, Neighborhood Officers, Mounted Patrol, K9 Unit, Traffic Enforcement Safety Team (TEST), Drug Task Force, Crime Prevention, Gang Unit, Special Investigations Unit, as well as other officers and units. Interns are also typically afforded the opportunity to spend time in units and with officers outside of their placement. This includes participating in ride-alongs.

Why Intern with the Madison Police Department

Our internships have proven to be very valuable to those who have a desire to become a police officer with our Department in the future. We have hired many former interns who are now Guardians who protect and serve the citizens of Madison as sworn officers.

We appreciate your interest in our Department and wish you luck!

Williams, Tyrone
As an intern, I shadowed officers in various positions within the department. My experiences provided me with insight on how I can be a great police officer while also making my own unique impact in the community I serve.
- Officer Tyrone Williams
Parks, Kristin
My time spent as an intern with the Madison Police Department was an ideal transition from an educational setting to an eventual career with MPD. The experience was truly rewarding.
- Officer Kristin Parks
Graziano, Jack
As an intern I was offered an intense and thorough look at what transpires behind MPD district windows. I was exposed to almost every function of MPD which satisfied my curiosity. Most rewarding, however, was my supervisor's recognition of my talents and utilization of my skills; I felt valued even though I was temporary. My academic interests in policing became a desire to become a Police Officer.
- Officer Jack Graziano
Marzullo, Christopher
My internship reaffirmed my desire to be a part of the City of Madison Police department.
- Officer Christopher Marzullo
Tiry, Samantha
I walked into my first day as an intern with MPD not knowing much about policing and unsure if it was the right career for me. By the end, I was certain that this was what I wanted to do, and my internship helped me develop the skills and confidence to be able to do it.
- Officer Samantha Tiry
Woehrle, Eugene
My internship provided an excellent opportunity to experience the diverse programs and culture within the department, and it confirmed that the City of Madison Police Department was where I wanted to spend my law enforcement career.
- Sergeant Eugene Woehrle

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