College Internship Program

Learn from the best.

Eight weeks in the summer. Hourly pay.

Get real world experience in a city of opportunity, while earning your college degree.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is a diverse, progressive, technology-driven, metropolitan department in Charlotte, NC – one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation.

Our College Internship Program offers an exciting opportunity for students to take the first steps on a career path in law enforcement.

For eight weeks in the summer, you will:
  • Work with CMPD personnel in a range of assignments throughout the department.
  • Be exposed to effective problem-solving and partnership-building skills.
  • Gain a better understanding of the day-to-day operations of a police department.
  • Participate in weekly ride-alongs.
Which groups will you work with?
  • Investigative
  • Support Services
  • Field Services

Ready to apply?

Here’s what you need to know:

You must be currently enrolled in a college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student.

Your qualification process will include an oral interview, background check and drug test.

You must meet and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.

You must be able to work varying hours and a minimum of 40 hours per week during the eight-week program.

You are expected to have strong research, analytical, organizational and communications skills.

You will give weekly individual and team oral presentations about your experiences and lessons learned.

"This internship opened my eyes to CMPD, and I haven’t looked back since. I am very blessed and thankful to have been a part of this program."
- CMPD Officer Eric Lansinger

"My favorite memory is the relationships I built with the other interns. I really looked forward to spending my days with our group."
- CMPD Officer Brendan Calvert

Applications for Summer 2024 will be accepted November 1, 2023 – February 1, 2024.

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For more information, please call us at 704-432-1602.