Non-paid internships in our Crime Analysis & Research Unit allow junior and senior level, college students an opportunity for practical, hands-on experience in the field of law enforcement. The intern will assist in supporting patrol and investigative efforts by supplying tactical analysis utilizing temporal (timely) and spatial (geographic) analysis.

There are several types of crime analysis – administrative, strategic, operational and tactical. This internship will be in support of tactical analysis, the intern would employ principles and functions learned through practical application to collect, review, data enter and assimilate crime and disorder data into informational bulletins. In addition, intern development would include a police department exposure program that includes officer ride-a-longs, shadowing communications staff, briefings/meetings and interaction with internal/external customers.

Intern Requirements:

  • At least a school semester time commitment.
  • At least a 4-hour shift per each day worked (not to exceed 8 hours).
  • Total number of hours predicated on school requirement for college credits earned.
  • Hours are flexible to fit school/work schedules – Monday thru Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Intern application, signed automatic disqualifiers and unofficial school transcripts.

What are the likely activities in which an intern would participate?

  • Reading and assessing daily police reports – entering pertinent data for analysis.
  • Identifying crime trends, patterns and series within a relational database environment.
  • Matching offender traits, MO (Modus Operandi) characteristics and Crime “Signatures.”
  • Gain proficiency in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping criminal activity.
  • Assisting the efforts of patrol officers and detectives with research on criminal activity.
  • Writing and disseminating crime bulletins for the department.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age

The existence of any of the conditions listed below may result in rejection from the selection process. An extensive background investigation and fingerprint clearance are required.

Drug History

  • Cannot have used marijuana in the past two years;
  • Cannot have ever sold, produced, cultivated or transported marijuana for sale;
  • Cannot have used any dangerous drug in the past five years;
  • Cannot have ever sold, produced, manufactured or transported a dangerous drug for sale (steroids, methamphetamine, ecstasy, PCP and psilocybin mushrooms);
  • Cannot have used a narcotic drug in the past five years;
  • Cannot have ever sold, produced, transported or cultivated a narcotic drug (heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine);
  • Cannot have shown a history of prescription drug abuse in the past three years.

Driving History

  • Cannot have six or more moving violations in the past three years. If there are three to five violations in the past three years, it will be investigated further;
  • No criminal traffic violations in the past three years (DUI, reckless driving, criminal speed).

Criminal History

  • No felony convictions;
  • No sexual offense convictions;
  • No domestic violence or crimes of violence in the past five years;
  • No misdemeanor convictions in the past year;
  • No affiliation with a criminal street gang in the past three years;
  • Any affiliation with a criminal street gang will require a further investigation.

For more information on applying for an internship call the Crime Analysis & Research Unit at 480-782-4084.

Internship Application

Crime Analysis Intern Application

Automatic Disqualifiers Form

Deadlines:  For Spring Internship – October 31 of previous year. For Fall Internship – May 31.