University of Arizona Police Department Internship 

General Description:  

Interns will be responsible for observing the daily operations of the UAPD. During the course of the internship, the student will rotate to various units within the department including; patrol, community engagement, dispatch, and investigation.

Internship Sessions Available:   

  • Fall*
  • Spring*

*Note:  No more than 2 internships are available for each session.


Submit applications at least 3 months in advance of the start of the semester or summer session.

Internship Description:            (Unpaid) 

Interns will observe and may be asked to assist in various departments throughout their internship:
  • Patrol: the intern will observe police operations and how officers respond to calls for service.
  • Community Engagement: The intern will assist the community engagement officers with preparing informational brochures, assist at new student orientation and business fairs, as well as other duties.
  • Dispatch: The intern will observe the operations for the Communications Center.
  • Investigations: The intern will observe the duties and responsibilities of a detective. The intern may accompany the detectives to court, the county attorney’s office and at crime scenes.
  • Crime Analyst: The intern will work with the UAPD crime analyst to see how the analyst researches information, gathers and prepares crime bulletins and crime reports.


Due to the nature of the internship and type of work, the intern may be subject to dangerous conditions and see graphic incidents.  Confidentiality is mandatory. Photos are prohibited without permission. Precautions will be taken to help ensure the safety and security of the intern. Interns must follow directions of police officers without question. Interns must be willing to work in extreme weather conditions, especially while assigned to a patrol assignment.

Purpose of the Internship:

The UAPD internship exposes interns to the inner workings of a university police department. During the internship the student will see many aspects of the criminal justice system which will help him/her better understand the complexities of the law enforcement profession.

Steps in the Selection Process:

  1. Submit a professional resume and cover letter to the UAPD Internship Coordinators or call (520) 621-4219.
  2. The Internship Coordinator will review your application, and you will be contacted if you are offered an interview. PLEASE NOTE: not all applicants will be offered an interview.
  3. After the interview, you will be contacted by the Internship Coordinator to indicate if you are accepted into the program or not.
  4. If you are offered the internship, you will be required to complete a background investigation and fingerprinting.
  5. When you have successfully passed the background investigation phase, you will be notified by the Internship Coordinator when you will start and where you will be assigned.  Any additional paperwork needs to be completed for acceptance into the program.