**NPD PatchInternship Program
Naperville Police Department

It is the mission of the Naperville Police Department’s Professional Development and Training Unit to utilize the Internship Program as an effective employment recruiting resource by providing an inclusive, high-quality, safe and advanced educational experience for qualified subjects that are considering a career in the field of Law Enforcement.

 The Naperville Police Department (NPD) feels that modern Law Enforcement is both an expanding and inclusive field that should be offered to more than just Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice majors.

The Naperville Police Department accepts several full-time and part-time student interns per semester. All internships with the Naperville Police Department are unpaid internships.

Post-graduate applicants are also strongly encouraged. Some field-specific internships (Forensics, Financial Crimes, Social Services, Community Policing, K-9, Computer Crimes, Information Technology, etc.) will also be considered based upon police department staffing, needs and applicant interest.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed up to midnight of the respective due dates. Applicants will be contacted by the Training Unit, to either set up an interview or to be informed they will not proceed in the selection process. Selections shall be made after designated applicants have been interviewed.

Application Submission Requirements 

  • All candidates must complete and submit a written application prior to the following dates:
    • Students seeking a winter/spring semester internship (January through May) must submit an application before November 15 of the fall semester.
    • Students seeking a summer semester Internship (May through August) must submit an application before March 15 of the winter/spring semester.
    • Students seeking a fall semester Internship (August through December) must submit an application before June 15 of the spring semester.

Required Forms and Documents

  • A resume and cover letter indicating the desired internship term
  • If the internship is required for college credit, a letter of recommendation, proof of enrollment and academic requirements from the applicant's college or university
  • Internship Application (PDF)
  • Internship Background Waiver (PDF)


  • Interns will be assigned to various units and sections of the Support Services, Patrol and Investigations Divisions during the internship. Our goal is to familiarize the intern with all aspect of municipal police department operations.
  • Interns may be required to do special studies, prepare written reports, perform clerical duties, data entry, maintenance tasks, engage in physical fitness, role playing and participate in various forms of public safety related training as well as other duties that arise during the internship. Written and oral communication skills are emphasized during this program.
  • The intern may be asked to participate in special programs and will participate in a series of ride-alongs, as observers, with officers and detectives in the field.

Work Hours

  • Interns are expected to work eight hours a day, five days a week.
  • Work hours will normally be assigned Monday through Friday. Hours and day are adjusted as needed based on specific tasks, assignments and conditions that may affect the operation of the police department. The NPD Internship coordinators will also attempt to accommodate the intern’s schedules (student athletics and activities, employment, etc.), within reason and as much advanced notice as possible.
  • Full-time Internships are based upon approximately 540 Hours (13 weeks).*
  • Part-time Internships are based upon approximately 280 Hours.*

*-hours are not guaranteed and are subject to the public safety needs of the Naperville Police Department.

In case you would like to conduct a ride-along in the meantime, that form is also available (PDF). 

Other Requirements

  • Interns are subject to all rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the Naperville Police Department.
  • Once accepted for internship, the point of contact will be the Department’s Training Officers.
  • Interns must carry health and injury insurance during their internship. Such coverage is normally available from the college or university attended. Proof of medical insurance coverage must be submitted prior to the start of the internship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you provide some details on the internship? (How long did it last? What does it involve?)

The internships typically last for one semester. NPD attempts to educate the interns on what a job in modern law enforcement is really about. They will experience all of the areas of the police department to include Patrol (all shifts and units to include traffic and K-9), Investigations (Violent Crimes, Property Crimes, Financial Crimes, Juvenile Investigations), Traffic, Crime Scene, Dispatch and SRT (SWAT). The interns are exposed to shift work, fluctuating hours and a variety of calls in order to give them the most comprehensive experience possible. They participate in training with the officers such as firearms, defensive tactics and physical fitness.

How many interns does the department have at a time?

In past years NPD has only taken one, maybe two interns at a time. Since late 2013 NPD has expanded the internship program significantly. Within the last year, the highest number of qualified interns accepted for a semester was seven. NPD sees it as a great recruiting tool and the interns get valuable experience and training from the program.

How is an intern chosen? How selective is the application process?

All of our intern candidates must go through a background process and an interview. They must also have the recommendation of their college and references. When interviewed NPD is looking for traits such as confidence, integrity and reliability. We want to know what the prospective Intern’s career goals are, as well as their flexibility, adaptability and level of motivation.

Why is an experience like this important to the development of an intern’s career and character?

The internships are a priceless experience for the interns. If an individual thinks that a career in Law Enforcement is in their future, they should be going into it with their eyes wide open. The internship process at NPD does just that. It exposes them to a variety of experiences that they would never receive in the classroom setting. Additionally, it puts them into contact on a daily basis with the job and with those doing the job. By having multiple interns at the same time it also creates a “cohort” environment allowing for the learning to continue outside of the actual internship. They interact with the other interns on a daily basis forming friendships and professional relationships that will be with them for the rest of their lives.

As of 3/15/16, Interns that have successfully completed and graduated in good standing from the NPD Internship Program are eligible to receive preference points that may be applied to the testing process to become a police officer for the city of Naperville.

 Intern Testimonials:

“The internship at NPD has been amazing. I love all of the hands on experience we have been exposed to. Working with all of the officers has been a once in a lifetime experience.”
-    Carly S.
     Lake Superior State University

“This was the best internship I could have asked for. It is an excellent way to bridge the gap between academia and real world practices.”
-    Alec S.
      University of North Florida

“This was an amazing learning experience and it helped me decide to become an officer.”
-    Meagan M.
     Elmhurst College

“This internship is by far one of the best decisions I have made in my pursuit of a career in law enforcement. The amount of knowledge and hands on experience I’ve obtained during the last three months is far greater than anything I’ve learned in a classroom”
-    Riley J.
University of Dubuque

“The NPD Internship has been one of the most valuable experiences of my life.  It has helped me to solidify my career path and opened my eyes to the difficult yet extremely rewarding work of a police officer.”
-    Hailey M.
     Loyola University Chicago

If you have any other questions, please contact:

Ofc. Shaun Ferguson
Training Officer
Naperville Police Department
Professional Development & Training Unit 
Cell: (630) 290-4876
Voicemail: (630) 420-8425
Fax: (630) 420-4096
Ofc. Mike McLean
Training Officer
Naperville Police Department
Professional Development & Training Unit 
Cell: (630) 290-4876
Voicemail: (630) 420-8425
Fax: (630) 420-4096  

Thanks for your interest in the Naperville Police Department.