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Internship Program Expectations

Students selected for the internship program are expected to have completed the requirements criteria, successfully pass a criminal background check, complete their mandated hours and complete a project as part of their studies. Interns will be assigned to various areas of responsibility including exposure to patrol and traffic operations. Other functions will include filing, data entry, answering phones and other clerical duties. Student Internships are administered for fall, spring and summer semesters. You must submit your application before the deadline.

Coordination and Criteria

While working on operational, administrative and support functions, interns will be provided an atmosphere for learning. Coordination of the Student Intern Program rests with the Recruitment Team. The Internship Coordinators will ensure communication is made directing the intern to his or her initial job assignment and site supervisor. The criterion for participation in the Baltimore County Police Department’s Student Internship Program is as follows:

  • The student enrolled in a four-year degree program will have a Junior or Senior standing at an accredited four-year university or college. The student enrolled in a two-year degree program will have completed two-thirds of required credits toward a degree at an accredited two-year university or college.
  • The student must be currently enrolled, through his or her respective college or university, in an internship or independent study class.
  • The student must currently have a 2.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Prior to acceptance, the student must submit the following into the Internship Program:
    • Completed application form
    • Completed integrity form
    • Cover letter
    • Professional resume
    • At least one letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor or professor
    • Unofficial transcript of all college work
  • Upon completion of the Internship Program, the student must take part in an exit interview with a representative from the Recruitment Team. Prior to the exit interview, each intern will complete an evaluation of the Internship Program.

References and Criminal Background Checks

References and criminal background checks will be conducted on all student interns. Any felony arrest may preclude an intern from participation in the Internship Program. All misdemeanor arrests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be a cause for exclusion from the program. Misdemeanor arrests include, but are not limited to:

  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Drug-related offenses
  • Resisting arrest
  • Obstructing a peace officer
  • Sex-related offenses

Note: Failure to complete the program due to an arrest for any of the above-listed offenses during participation in the Student Intern Program will result in dismissal, with notification to the college or university for a failing grade.

Schedule and Hours

Upon acceptance, the intern will be required to schedule hours mandated by the intern’s college degree requirements. As examples, this may be:

  • At least 12 hours per week during regular semester sessions of 15 weeks
  • Sixteen hours per week during the Summer Internship Program of a 10-week duration
  • Both the intern and supervisor can adjust hours of work

Restrictions

While interns will be exposed to many areas of Police work, there are some restrictions. The following restrictions apply to interns:

  • Covert police functions
  • Police gun ranges while engaged in "live-fire" operations
  • Police Detention Facility
  • Interns will not be allowed to operate any Department vehicles.
  • Interns will not park in any area designated for police vehicles.
  • Supervisors will ensure that interns are not placed in a position where they would be exposed to possible dangerous incidents.
  • Interns will not be allowed to carry any firearm.

Contact

The Employment Section can be contacted at:

Baltimore County Police Department
Attention:Ofc. Monica Steinacker
700 East Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286
Phone: 410-887-5521

 
Revised March 30, 2019         

 

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