Careers & Internship Opportunities

General Law Enforcement Internship

Crime Laboratory Internship

 

General Law Enforcement Internship

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is committed to advancing the training and education of students pursing careers in law enforcement. Internships are available with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office that will provide students the opportunity to observe several units and divisions within the Sheriff’s Office.

All internships at the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office are unpaid.

Who is eligible:

Students must be at least 18 years of age and be actively pursuing a degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, or a closely related field. The internship must be required for college credit towards such degree.

Term of Internship:

In most cases, internships can be tailored to the individual student’s college requirements.

Project Areas:

Available internships will be determined by the needs of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the perspective internship. The Sheriff’s Office will make every attempt to place the student in a project or area that is based on the student’s interests, qualifications and availability. Most internships will be during daytime business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) with the chance of occasional afternoon or night hours depending on the assignment.

Requirements for application:

  • Resume and cover letter describing your career goals and objectives, academic and personal accomplishments, work experiences and other skills and qualifications relevant to this internship, as well as the desired date to start the internship.
  • Letter from your advisor or instructor stating their requirements to receive credit for the internship (in some cases, a course syllabus is all that is necessary).

Application Deadline:

Summer internships… March 15th

Winter internships…..October 15th

Applicants whose qualifications best fit the needs of the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office’s pending projects will be contacted for interviews approximately 2-4 weeks after the application has been received.

Location:

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is located in downtown Minneapolis with some divisions/units located in Maple Grove, Brooklyn Park, Golden Valley and Spring Park. For interns, the majority of their time will be spent in the downtown area. Parking is limited and free parking is not available; however, many of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office units are on light rail and city bus routes.

Applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check. Please send application materials to:

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
Internship Program
350 S. 5th Street, Room 26
Minneapolis, MN 55415

If you have further questions relating to internship positions, please contact:

Deputy Kara Postier
Background Investigator/Internship Coordinator
Professional Standards Division
Office 612-348-8995 Cell 612-221-0594
kara.postier@co.hennepin.mn.us

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Crime Laboratory Internship

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is committed to advancing the training and education of students pursing careers in forensic science. Internships are available with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office - Crime Lab Unit that will provide students the opportunity to observe several disciplines in forensic science and give them practical, hands on experience conducting an assigned research project. Internships at the crime lab are unpaid.

Who is eligible:

Students must have completed their junior year of college and are actively pursuing a degree in the Biological Sciences, Forensic Science, Chemistry or closely related field.

Term of Internship:

Generally, summer internship projects will require at least 20 hours per week and will take approximately 10-12 weeks for completion. Internships during other times of the year can vary in length (4 – 10 weeks) depending on the research needs of the Crime Lab.

Project Areas:

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office - Crime Lab Unit has four sections available for internship programs; Biology/DNA, Latent Fingerprints, Photography and Crime Scene Investigations. Students will be assigned research projects based on their qualifications, staff availability and needs of the Crime Lab.

Requirements for application:

  • Resume and cover letter describing your career goals and objectives, academic and personal accomplishments, work experiences and other skills and qualifications relevant to this internship.
  • College transcripts.
  • Letter of recommendation from at least one faculty member or recent work supervisor.

If this internship is a degree requirement or being taken for credit, please include a letter from your advisor stating their requirements to receive credit for the internship.

Application Deadlines:

Summer internships… March 15th

Winter internships…..October 15th

Applicants whose qualifications best fit the needs of the laboratory with respect to pending projects will be contacted for interviews approximately 2-4 weeks after the application deadline.

Location:

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Crime Lab is a new state of the art facility located in downtown Minneapolis. Parking is limited and on-site parking may not be available.

Hours: Interns must be available to work during regular business hours (8:00 – 4:30).

Applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check. Please send application materials to:

Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
Crime Laboratory Unit
531 Park Ave. South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55415
Attention: Internship Coordinator

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