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Police Department Internship Program

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s (MNPD) Internship Program to offer college students, who are interested in a law enforcement career, an enlightening, rewarding, and educational experience.

Purpose Statement

The objective of the program is to provide a meaningful educational and work experience to the selected interns; as well as present an opportunity to assess the police profession first hand.


Our internship offers students an opportunity to observe and work in various units of the police department such as Records Division, Identification Unit, Secondary Employment Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, Case Preparation Division etc. Students will learn about the departments staffing, mission, activities, records, and services. Internships are composed of both observations and administrative work. Students are not required to major in Criminal Justice.

A background investigation will be conducted on ALL interns.


The intern selection process will be competitive due to the limited number of positions available. A qualifying student must be considered full-time student at a nationally accredited college or university and the following:

  • 18 years of age
  • Must receive college credits for the internship
  • Have not been convicted of or pleaded guilty to or entered a plea of nolo contendre to any felony charge or to any violations of any federal or state laws or city ordinances relating to force, violence, theft, dishonesty, gambling, liquor or controlled substance
  • Honorable discharge from Military Service (if applicable)
  • Marijuana use will be viewed in the context of the applicant’s age at the time of use, the recency of use, and the frequency of use. No marijuana use will be allowed within 2 years of the date of the application.
  • No other illegal drug use within 7 years of application. Combined use of other drugs besides marijuana must not exceed 5 times. This includes but is not limited to: marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, anabolic steroids, ecstasy, LSD.
  • No sale of any drugs
  • No pattern of abuse of legal or legend drugs (including steroids)

Intern Selection Process

  1. Application Packet Submission (to include transcript and an official letter from your schools’ intern coordinator or advisor)
  2. Background Investigation
  3. Interview
  4. Fingerprint submission
  5. Acceptance or Denial to the program

Application Process

All applicants must initially contact their college or university’s internship coordinator or advisor to ensure all school requirements have been met and that you are eligible for our internship. An official document from your school stating your eligibility and the hours needed to fulfill the internship must be submitted with your application. Application packets are to be mailed to:

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department
Recruitment Unit
Attn: Internship Coordinator
1417 Murfreesboro Pike
Nashville, TN 37217

Length of Internship

Each internship term will last one full semester. There will be three terms a year Fall, Spring, and Summer.

  • Summer Session June 4-August 17
    (Applications will be accepted February 1-April 30)
  • Fall Session September 10-December 14
    (Applications will be accepted May 1-July 31)
  • Spring Session January 16-April 20
    (Applications will be accepted September 1-November 31)

Compensation / Wages

Interns will NOT receive any monetary compensation. All students must incur their own tuition and housing expenses.

Application for Internship

To apply for an internship position with MNPD, please print the internship application and mail completed forms to the above listed address for the Background and Recruitment Unit (registration is free).