Careers & Internship Opportunities

Careers at the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
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The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office offers many unique job assignments.  We employ licensed peace officers and civilians.  Whether you are a deputy or civilian staff member, you have the ability to move between different assignments and law enforcement units as you increase your expertise.  With the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, you can choose your own path and custom build a career that’s right for you.

We offer:
* Rewarding careers
* Comprehensive training
* Competitive salaries
* Excellent benefit packages
* Advancement opportunities
* Innovative training
* Leadership development

The Sheriff's Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, creed, national origin or anccestry, age, marital status, veterans' status, or physical or mental handicap.


General Law Enforcement Internship

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is committed to advancing the training and education of students pursuing careers in law enforcement and related fields.  Please note all internships are unpaid and the selected interns must complete a criminal background check prior to starting. 

General Law Enforcement Internship
The General Law Enforcement Internship position will provide students with a project-based internship opportunity within the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.  

Eligibility:

Students must be at least 18 years of age and be actively pursuing a degree in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Criminology or a closely related field.   Preference will be given to those students that are earning credit and completing an internship as part of a school requirement toward their degree program.

Project Areas:
Assignments will be determined by the needs of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and staffing levels at the time of the internship.  The 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.  Some examples of units/functions available are the following:  Court Security, Adult Detention, Patrol, Transport, K-9, Water Patrol, Community Engagement, Special Operations, Investigations, Special Operations and Communications.  Location:
Locations vary and can include Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth and Spring Park. 

Required Materials:

Cover letter, resume and either a course syllabus for the internship or letter from the applicant’s school that details the internship requirements.  The deadline for submitting spring internship interest is March 15 and deadline for fall internship interest is July 15. 



Adult Detention Internship
Internships in the Adult Detention Facility will focus on developing and implementing programs for adult inmates and to participate in the daily activities of the largest and most populous jail in the state. 

Eligibility:
Students must be at least 18 years of age and be actively pursuing a degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, corrections, sociology, social work, religious studies, seminary or closely related field.   The internship must be required for college credit towards such degree. 

Location:

Downtown Minneapolis – on bus and light rail lines
Required Materials:
Cover letter, resume and either a course syllabus for the internship or letter from the applicant’s school that details the internship requirements.  The deadline for submitting spring internship interest is March 15 and deadline for fall internship interest is July 15. 



Crime Laboratory Internship
Internships in the Crime Laboratory will provide students the opportunity to observe several disciplines in forensic science and give them practical, hands on experience conducting an assigned research project. 

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

Project Areas:
Biology/DNA, Latent Fingerprints, Firearms and Toolmarks, Evidence and Crime Scene Investigations.  Students will be assigned research projects based on their qualifications, staff availability and the needs of the Crime Laboratory.

Location:
Downtown Minneapolis and/or Brooklyn Park – depending on assignment
Required Materials:
Cover letter, resume, college transcripts and a course syllabus for the internship program or letter from the student’s school that details the internship requirements and letter of recommendation from at least one faculty member or recent work supervisor.  The deadline for submitting spring internship interest is March 15 and deadline for fall internship interest is July 15. 

Please mail all application materials to:
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
Internship Program – Deputy Kara Vanderkooi
350 South 5th Street Room #26
Minneapolis, MN 55415

If you have questions or need additional information regarding the internship opportunities, please contact Deputy Vanderkooi by emailing kara.vanderkooi@hennepin.us or call (612) 348-8995.