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Unpaid College Internships

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) Unpaid College Internship Program is designed to offer an exciting and rewarding experience which introduces college students to the opportunities and disciplines within the law enforcement field. Throughout the program, interns will work alongside Department personnel in varying assignments. Interns will be exposed to effective problem solving and partnership building skills and gain a better understanding of the day-to-day operations of the department. Internships may occur within a Troop location, Bureau or Office.

Applicants must have no adult criminal conviction graded Misdemeanor 2 or higher under PA Title 18 (or its equivalent for out-of-state and federal convictions).

Troop/Bureau internships shall be at least 160 hours in length.  Additionally, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security internships will be 120-180 hours in length.

Troop/Bureau Internships 

Formal requests (Training Plan & Department Correspondence Form) to have an intern must be submitted by the deadlines, as followed;

    • February 1st (Summer Internships: May-August)
    • June 1st (Fall Internships September-December)
    • November 1st (Spring Internships January-April)

Summer Semester internship applications will be accepted between December 1 and June 1. 

Fall semester internship applications will be accepted between March 1 and August 1.  

Spring Semester internship applications will be accepted between August 1 and December 1.

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited Bachelors’ Degree program (or higher); have satisfactorily completed 60 credits; and have no adult criminal conviction graded Misdemeanor 2 or higher under PA Title 18 (or its equivalent for out-of-state and federal convictions).

Bureau of Forensic Services

At least one internship shall be available, provided a suitable project exists, during the summer semester (May-August).   

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited Bachelor’s Degree program (or higher) in chemistry, biology, forensic science, or a closely related physical or natural science; have satisfactorily completed 60 credits including 12 credits in chemistry; maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher; and have no adult criminal conviction graded Misdemeanor 2 or higher under PA Title 18 (or its equivalent for out-of-state and federal convictions).  For Forensic DNA Division opportunities, applicants must be enrolled in an accredited Master’s Degree program in a forensic science-related field and have satisfactorily completed 15 credits within the program.  

Bureau of Training & Education 

One internship shall be made available during the summer semester (May through August) in each of the following organizations:

    • Education, Testing, and Curriculum Development Section.
    • Physical Education Unit.
    • Media Unit.

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited Master’s Degree program, have satisfactorily completed 15 credits within the program, and have no adult criminal conviction graded Misdemeanor 2 or higher under PA Title 18 (or its equivalent for out-of-state and federal convictions).  Eligibility requirements for the Physical Education Unit and Media Unit opportunities, include current enrollment in an accredited Bachelor’s Degree program (or higher) and have satisfactorily completed 60 credits.  

Bureau of Criminal Investigation

At least one internship shall be available within The Pennsylvania Criminal Intelligence Center (PaCIC) during the summer semester (May through August).  In addition, the Director, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), may provide an internship opportunity during the fall semester (September through December) and/or spring semester (January through April) for the traditional college terms.  The Director, BCI, shall notify the Director, Public Safety Human Resource Delivery Center, via email of available opportunities by February 1 for summer semester internships; June 1 for fall semester internships; and November 1 for spring semester internships.  The internship request shall include the Training Plan and Department Correspondence.  

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited Bachelor’s Degree program (or higher) in criminal justice, homeland security, or a closely related field, have satisfactorily completed 60 credits, and have no adult criminal conviction graded Misdemeanor 2 or higher under Title 18 (or its equivalent for out-of-state and federal convictions).  

Governor’s Office of Homeland Security

At least one internship will be available in the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security during the summer semester (May through August), fall semester (September through December), and spring semester (January through April).  The Deputy Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, will notify the Director, Public Safety Human Resource Delivery Center, of available opportunities by February 1 for summer semester internships; June 1 for fall semester internships; and November 1 for spring semester internships.  The internship request should include the Training Plan and Department Correspondence.

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited Bachelor's Degree program (or higher) in criminal justice, homeland security, political science, cyber security, or related fields, have satisfactorily completed 60 credits, and have no adult criminal conviction graded Misdemeanor 2 or higher under PA Title 18 (or its equivalent for out-of-state and federal convictions).  

Additional Applicant Criteria

Interns shall have a valid driver’s license (e.g. Classes A, B, or C).  Interns at their expense, may be required to drive their personal vehicle to their assigned work location.  

Interested applicants must provide a current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) along with a cover letter addressed to the Human Resources Manager, Public Safety Delivery Center, specifying the following:

    • Future career plans;
    • Why the internship is desired; and,
    • The specific Troop, Bureau of Office Location for which the internship is requested.

Applications must be submitted via email to: ra-pypsdcinternships@pa.gov