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Police Internship Program

Thank you for your interest in the Raleigh Police Department College Internship Program. RPD offers college seniors and graduate students an opportunity to work alongside sworn and civilian professionals to gain experience and knowledge about our 21st Century progressive law enforcement agency.

All internships are PAID and must meet an academic requirement.

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2024 Internship Program.

CLICK HERE to submit an online application.

RPD Hosts Three Internship Semesters:

  1. Spring - January to April

  2. Summer - May to August

  3. Fall - August to December

RPD Offers Two Internship Programs:

  1. Overview Program (90-120 hours) - provides a general orientation to policing and to the Raleigh Police Department.

  2. Specialized Program (hours vary, usually 140 - 400+ hours per semester) - graduate or advanced undergraduate students are assigned to a specific unit.


If the applicant is selected to move forward in the hiring process after completing the online application, a Recruiter will contact your academic advisor. The applicant's academic advisor will send a letter of recommendation on college letterhead to confirming the following:

  • The applicant is currently enrolled at the college or university in at least a bachelor's program
  • The applicant's Major; he/she is a senior; the internship is an academic requirement
  • The requested semester and total number of hours required
  • The desired program; desired area of focus if required hours exceed 400

Once the letter is received, the Internship Package will be emailed to the applicant.

A background investigation will be conducted on all approved applicants. After completion of the background and if approved, you will be scheduled for a drug screening and scheduled for internship hours.

For More Information Contact:
Sergeant Jeffrey C. Steelman
Police Recruiting Sergeant
Internship Coordinator

Senior Detective (Retired)
Dale T. Montague
Internship Coordinator Assistant