The Fargo Police Department Police Department Internship program exposes, educates, and involves students in day to day police operations. The internship program fosters student’s interest in a law enforcement career and builds a mutual understanding between the student population and the police department. The students will acquire an understanding of law enforcement functions within their community, whether or not the student decides to enter the profession of law enforcement. The program strives to instill values in the student such as law abiding habits, attitudes, and practices as a contributing citizen of the community.
Internship Program Outline
The Fargo Police Department Internship Program is an eight week program that operates from June through July. Interns will be exposed to all three divisions of the police department and its specialty units. During the internship program, interns will be required to complete weekly reflection journals on their activities, and complete a final reflection paper at the end of the program which describes in detail their experience and what they learned throughout their time with the department.
Internship Minimum Requirements
- Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university.
- If enrolled in a four year program, must be entering their junior or senior year.
- If enrolled in a two year program, must be entering their final year.
- Must possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher.
Applicants must submit a copy of their post-secondary education transcripts, a letter of recommendation from a post-secondary educator, and a one to two page essay describing why they are interested in an internship with the Fargo Police Department and what they think is the most pressing issue in law enforcement. Applicants must have their application submitted and received by the Fargo Police Department by the closing date of April 26, 2019 or they will not be considered. Applicants who meet the minimum standards will be offered a chance to participate in an oral interview which will be held the week of May 6-10, 2019. The applicant chosen to receive a conditional internship offer must successfully pass a criminal history check and drug screening prior to a full internship offer.
The internship schedule has been created to allow the intern an opportunity to be exposed to the various divisions and specialties throughout the department. The internship schedule has been organized to assist in both intern schedule consistency and to maximize exposure and learning.
The intern will be assign a project during their orientation they will be able to work on during week three (3) and any other time not directed during the course of their internship. This project can be chosen by the intern in an area of their interest, or it can be directed by the internship program coordinator. The project portion of the internship program allows the intern to use and further develop what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to a police department setting.
- Week 1 (6/3-6/8): Orientation, Evidence and Property Unit, Records Unit, Recruiting and Training Unit, Red River Regional Dispatch Center)
- Week 2 (6/10-6/15): Exposure to specialty positions including the Community Trust Officers (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Cultural Liaison Officer (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), School Resource Officers, and Downtown Resource Officers.
- Week 3 (6/17-6/22): Fargo Police Community Picnic, Crime Prevention and Public Information, Internship Project Assignment, Crime Analyst/Intelligence Unit
- Week 4 (6/24-6/29): Field Services Division Day Shift Ride Along to include Community Service Officers (1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or 8 a.m. to Noon).
- Week 5 (7/1-7/6): Field Services Division Evening Shift Ride Along (8 p.m. to Midnight)
- Week 6 (7/8-7/13): Field Services Division Night Shift Ride Along (10 p.m. to 2 a.m.)
- Week 7 (7/15-7/20): Investigations Division (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues. through Thurs.)
- Week 8 (7/22-7/27): Narcotics Unit and Metro Area Street Crimes Unit (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tues. through Thurs.)
- **Scheduling is subject to change due to the needs of the affected divisions or units.