Internships

The Madison Police Department provides opportunities for internships during the summer months. We accept resumés from students (either in high school or college) for our summer internships year-round. The resumés must be submitted by the end of January for the upcoming summer. If you are interested in applying for an internship, please email your resumé and completed Authorization for Release of Information form 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!

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