As an intern, you are the first person the community will see when they walk through the department's front door. You will write criminal and non-criminal reports, assist with impounds, administer PBTs, and help officers with miscellaneous duties. Interns observe real-world situations with citizens. This experience allows you to develop decision-making, critical thinking, and communication skills, and prepares you for a career in the criminal justice system.
FOCUS ON SCHOOL
We realize that learning is the most important part of the college experience. As such, we work around your school schedule, only expecting you to work 18-24 hours a week, while helping to connect the classroom to the real world of law enforcement.
We pride ourselves on offering competitive pay for our interns. Starting pay is $12.50 per hour and top pay is $13.10 per hour, which is one of the highest for any police internship in the Metro Grand Rapids area.
Interns are assigned in specialty units such as Community Engagement, Investigations (Detective/Vice Units), Dispatch, Special Response Team, Traffic Unit, and Training Unit.
There are also opportunities to participate in police ride-alongs, role-playing for law enforcement training, and community-oriented events.
JUMPSTART YOUR LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER
"I began working as an Intern in 2016. I gained a lot of knowledge about policing in a short time. In 2017, I was hired and sponsored as a recruit. I graduated the police academy and returned to work at GRPD. The Intern Program played a pivotal role in my law enforcement career" -Officer Ja'von Sanders
I’ve been an intern at the police department for three years, and I have loved every minute of it. I came here with the possibility of wanting to be a police officer, so I was hoping this job would help me solidify that decision, and it did just that. I’ve gotten experience at the front desk, I worked in our Training Unit, and am now helping out in our Support Services Division. I’ve gone on ride-a-longs with some amazing officers, helped with different trainings and programs throughout the department, and created friendships that I am so thankful for. I couldn’t have asked for a better job to have while I was in college!
Intern Alex Terpstra
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME AN INTERN?
Applicants must meet the following criteria before they are eligible for employment:
Be a full-time college student (at least 9 credits)
Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA
Possess good moral character
Possess good reading and writing skills
Be at least 18 years of age
Possess a valid drivers license, and
Be able to work between 18-24 hours a week
WHAT IS THE HIRING PROCESS LIKE?
Step 1: Talk to a recruiter
Step 2: Fill out an interest form
Step 3: Apply in NEOGOV
Step 4: Go to the initial interview
Step 5: Fill out the background packet
Step 6: Go to the background interview
WILL I NEED TO WORK HOLIDAYS?
The police department never closes and interns are staffed 24/7. Even though someone has to be working, interns are allowed to switch shifts so they can have time off or work. Pay is time and a half for those working federal holidays.
IS THIS JOB DANGEROUS?
The safety of our interns is of the utmost importance. The intern work area is behind bulletproof glass, each intern is issued a bulletproof vest that must be worn while on duty, and police officers are regularly close by. On top of all of this, Grand Rapids is one of the safest large cities in the United States.
WHAT TRAINING WILL I RECEIVE?
Interns receive five weeks of field training. They learn where different units are in the police department, city geography, how to write police reports, department policy, how to use the phones, and much more. You will be taught all that you need to know by a senior intern you are partnered with for training.