STUDENT INTERNSHIPS

Law Enforcement Internship Program

The Purdue University Police Department is dedicated in the development of future candidates in the field of law enforcement. As for this cause, the Purdue University Police Department maintains a competitive internship program, in which two interns are selected per semester. As of the two positions, one will be reserved for our ongoing partnership with the criminal justice program at Ivy Tech Community College.

Interested individuals are to submit a letter of intention, along with a resume, two months prior to the beginning of the fall or spring semester. The process for our candidates will comprise of an interview along with a criminal history, character background investigation. The most competitive will be selected and offered a position within our department, to enhance and further their education and interest in law enforcement.

The selected interns will be required to complete a 120 hour curriculum. In the event that the student is receiving course credit, these hours will be adjusted to mirror their academic course requirements. As part of the course curriculum, the students will view all aspects that police officers with the Purdue University Police Department are involved with. As a requirement, members of our internship program will be required to maintain a weekly journal of their observations and reflections.

Members of student internship program will observe daily operations of our police department, the Purdue University Fire Department, the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department Jail Division and also of the Tippecanoe County Prosecutors office. When tasked to the police department, they will dedicate time in all divisions of the department. They will not only gain experience in the patrol and investigation divisions, but also the unseen elements within the department, such as maintenance, records and information technology. When tasked to the fire department, they will observe and experience the daily tasks of a Purdue University firefighter. They will observe how firefighters at Purdue University are multifaceted, where the serve as rescue medics and firefighters. Daily policing is a very small part in the criminal justice system. To properly educate and expose our interns, they will be tasked to observe the process after an arrest is made. When tasked to the Tippecanoe County Prosecutors Office, they will observe motions and trials in our 6 superior courts.

At the conclusion of their 120 hour program, our members of the internship program will provide a joint 20 minute presentation. This exercise will promote and encourage a good working relationship between the two individuals, which will be a necessity in the field of law enforcement.

Our dedication in producing future members of law enforcement is an integral part in our community policing philosophy.