Cadet internship program

Spokane Police Department’s Cadet Internship Program offers students the chance to observe and work in various sectors of the police department. 


What is the Cadet Internship Program?

The Spokane Police Department’s Cadet Internship Program offers students interested in law enforcement and social community service careers valuable, skill-building experiences. Interns will engage and observe different areas of the police department including station operations, victim assistance, criminal intelligence, records management, training, community policing/patrol, media/PR, and technology support. The internship program is comprised of both shadowing and administrative work and is open to students enrolled in any major/minor of study. 


Internships are open to all students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. A high school diploma/equivalency is preferred, but not required. 

Applicants must:

  • attend and maintain good academic standing in school
  • be 18 years of age 
  • qualify to receive college credits for the internship
  • pass background check and polygraph examination 
  • commit to a minimum of 20 hours a month (no maximum) to the internship position. *Hours may vary based on course requirements; contact your program advisor 

Compensation & course credit

Internships at SPD are unpaid. 

We encourage applicants to check with their internship coordinator to determine whether the internship may qualify for course credit. If so, the Spokane Police Department will help applicants submit any forms or evaluations required by the school. 

*Please note that it is the primary responsibility of the internship applicant to verify whether course credit is available and to comply with all necessary university submission requirements. 

Selection process

  1. Submit your application
  2. Interview
  3. Background investigation (i.e. fingerprints and polygraph)
  4. Acceptance or denial to the SPD Internship Program
  5. Conditional offer to participate 
  6. Completion of access training 
  7. Internship begins

How to apply

Prospective applicants should reach out to their main program advisors and the student Internship Coordinator to verify eligibility and requirements. Applicants must send an official document from the school outlining eligibility and required hours with their internship agreement. 

Download the application and email it to Submit your application 60 days before enrolling with your college/university internship course to accommodate administrative, background check processing, and school/SPD coordination. SPD accepts applications for the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter academic terms. Applications received after the deadline will be kept on file for future consideration.