Jobs and careers

The sheriff's office offers a variety of job assignments for peace officers and civilians, with competitive salaries, excellent benefits, advancement opportunities and leadership development. Our more than 800 employees serve 1.2 million residents.

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Working for the sheriff's office

A statewide and national reputation

The sheriff’s office trains other law enforcement agencies in areas such as SWAT team work, community engagement, jail management, crisis intervention, and crime lab services. Our peace officers, civilians and department as a whole receive awards for outstanding service.

A variety of opportunities

The sheriff's office offers many types of positions, including:

  • Deputy sheriff
  • Detention deputy / trainee
  • 911 dispatcher
  • Public safety records clerk
  • Office specialist

Opportunities for peace officers 

Peace officers begin by working in the jail, then can move to any one of several areas.

Positions that don’t rely on seniority include narcotics task forces, water patrol, hospital security, and background investigations.

Peace officers can also work toward advancement in other areas including patrol, K-9, and special operations.

Opportunities for civilians 

Civilian positions include accounting, forensic sciences, legal/paralegal, public information, food service, radio technicians, biologists, fingerprint specialists and grant writing.

Employees can enjoy long term civilian careers.

Peace officer and civilian positions often include shift work, providing flexibility in work-life balance.

A sheriff's office with high standards  

The sheriff's office is an equal opportunity employer.

All sheriff’s employees undergo a full pre-employment background investigation.


Internships are unpaid and selected interns must complete a criminal background check before starting.


March 15 - Spring internship
July 15 - Fall internship

To apply

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 
Phone 612-348-5935

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.

Project areas

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

Application materials

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.

Project areas

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

Application 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.

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