Internships are unpaid and selected interns must complete a criminal background check before starting.
March 15 - Spring internship
July 15 - Fall internship
Mail all application materials to:
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office
Internship program – Deputy Kara Vanderkooi
350 S Fifth St, Room 26
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Deputy Taylor Hall
General law enforcement internship
This position provides a project-based opportunity within the sheriff’s office.
Students must be at least 18 and actively pursuing a degree in law enforcement, criminal justice, criminology or closely related field. Preference goes to students earning credit and completing an internship as part of a school requirement toward their degree program.
Assignments depend on the needs of the sheriff’s office and staffing levels. The office makes every attempt to place the student in a project or area based on the student’s interests, qualifications and availability. Some examples of units/functions available include: court security, adult detention, patrol, transport, K-9, water patrol, community engagement, special operations, investigations, special operations and communications.
Locations vary and can include Minneapolis, Brooklyn Park, Plymouth and Spring Park.
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.
Students must be at least 18 and 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.
Downtown Minneapolis, on bus and light rail lines
Cover letter, resume and either a course syllabus for the internship or letter from the applicant’s school that details the internship requirements.
Crime lab 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.
Students must have completed their junior or senior of college and be actively pursuing a degree in the biological sciences, forensic science, chemistry or closely related field.
Biology/DNA, latent fingerprints, firearms and toolmarks, evidence and crime scene investigations. Students will work on research projects based on their qualifications, staff availability and the needs of the crime lab.
Downtown Minneapolis and/or Brooklyn Park, depending on assignment
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.