**NPD PatchInternship Program
Naperville Police Department

The Naperville Police Department accepts up to two full-time student interns per semester. All internships with the Naperville Police Department are unpaid internships.

Applications will be reviewed following the 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.

Seniors seeking full-time internships, who are pursuing careers in municipal law enforcement and bachelor’s degrees in the criminal justice field, shall be given first consideration. Juniors and persons seeking advanced degrees will be given second consideration. Freshman and sophomore applicants are not accepted.

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 September 30 of the fall semester.
    • Students seeking a summer semester Internship (May through August) must submit an application before January 31 of the winter/spring semester.
    • Students seeking a fall semester Internship (August through December) must submit an application before April 30 of the spring semester.
  • Students must have written recommendation from the staff or faculty member at their college/university that has oversight of the internship program. Recommendation must be submitted with the application.
  • Intern applicants must provide name, address, and phone number information for three references, not related to the intern, who can speak to the applicant’s general character and qualifications for acceptance as a law enforcement agency intern.

Required Forms and Documents


  • Student 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 and maintenance tasks, 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. The number of work hours is based on the number of college credits given.
  • Work hours will normally be between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hours are adjusted as needed based on specific tasks or assignments.

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 Officer.
  • 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.