Thank you for your interest in the City of Columbia Police Department’s Internship Program.

The City of Columbia Police Department offers an exciting and rewarding non-paid internship program designed to provide college and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical experience in the criminal justice field and introduces students to the opportunities and disciplines within law enforcement.

Various placements are available based on candidate’s interests, skills and the needs of the department.  Interns will be exposed to effective problem solving and partnership building skills, as well as gaining a better understanding of day-to-day operations of the police department.

Any information obtained during the internship is of a confidential nature and may not be disseminated to other persons outside of the department.

The City of Columbia Police Department values all its interns and strives to create a work atmosphere that facilitates growth and learning. We value integrity and are committed to enhancing our organization and community through hard work and respect for others. We are very excited about the Internship Program and look forward to meeting and placing new interns in positions throughout the department.

Intern Qualifications and Expectations

Interns must be undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in a college or university.

Interns must have reached their 18th birthday or will turn 18 years old prior to beginning the internship.

Candidates will be required to successfully complete an oral interview and background investigation.

The candidate’s criminal history, arrests and past drug use will be reviewed as part of the qualification process.

Interns are expected to:

  • Be on time to assignments and provide appropriate notice to their supervisor when absences are anticipated;
  • Have reliable transportation to and from work;
  • Attend all necessary training and meetings;
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills; and
  • Contribute to a positive work environment.

All candidates must complete an internship application – Download PDF