Non-paid internships in our Crime Analysis & Research Unit allow junior and senior level, college students an opportunity for practical, hands-on experience in the field of law enforcement. The intern will assist in supporting patrol and investigative efforts by supplying tactical analysis utilizing temporal (timely) and spatial (geographic) analysis.

There are several types of crime analysis – administrative, strategic, operational and tactical. This internship will be in support of tactical analysis, the intern would employ principles and functions learned through practical application to collect, review, data enter and assimilate crime and disorder data into informational bulletins. In addition, intern development would include a police department exposure program that includes officer ride-a-longs, shadowing communications staff, briefings/meetings and interaction with internal/external customers.

Intern Requirements:

  • At least a school semester time commitment.
  • At least a 4-hour shift per each day worked (not to exceed 8 hours).
  • Total number of hours predicated on school requirement for college credits earned.
  • Hours are flexible to fit school/work schedules – Monday thru Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Unofficial school transcripts.

What are the likely activities in which an intern would participate?

  • Reading and assessing daily police reports – entering pertinent data for analysis.
  • Identifying crime trends, patterns and series within a relational database environment.
  • Matching offender traits, MO (Modus Operandi) characteristics and Crime “Signatures.”
  • Gain proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping criminal activity.
  • Assisting the efforts of patrol officers and detectives with research on criminal activity.
  • Writing and disseminating crime bulletins for the department.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • An extensive background investigation and fingerprint clearance are required.

Internship Application

For more information on applying for an internship call the Analysis Unit at 480-782-4084.