The Overland Park Police Department Internship Program is designed to allow college students an opportunity to observe police department operations, learn more about the law enforcement environment and be mentored by trained professionals.  In addition, the Interns will learn about and participate in the various police department functions.

The internship is a 40 hour per week program that runs June 4 through Aug. 3, 2018. The internship pays $10 an hour.


Applications for summer 2018 internships have closed. Check back for more information in early 2019.

Eligibility requirements

Minimal eligibility requirements
  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must have a high school diploma or furnish evidence of successful completion of an examination indicating an equivalent achievement (e.g. a General Education Development (GED) test).
  • Must be enrolled in a post-secondary (college/university) institution at the time of application. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors.
  • Must successfully pass a police department administered polygraph exam.
  • Must pass an in-depth background investigation.
  • Must pass a city coordinated drug screen after a conditional offer of internship.
Past criminal activity
  • Must not have committed, been convicted of, had a conviction expunged for or been placed on diversion by any state or federal agency for a felony crime.
  • Must not have sold, distributed, manufactured or transported "any" illegal drug.
  • Must not have used "any" illegal drug(s) or within the past 10 years with the exception of marijuana.
  • Must not have used marijuana in the past three years.
  • Must not have ever used any prescription drug or used an legally obtainable substance in a manner for which it was not intended within three years (36 months) preceding the date of application for employment.
  • Right to legally own or use a firearm must not be revoked or curtailed under federal, state or local law, including but not limited to provisions of the Gun Control Act of 1968.
  • Must not be currently charged with or under indictment for any criminal activity other than minor traffic violations.
  • Must not be currently on criminal probation.
  • All applicants are subject to a thorough, comprehensive background investigation and polygraph.
Driving record
  • Must possess a valid driver's license at time of application.
  • May not have been convicted of, plead guilty or no contest to or been diverted on four or more moving traffic violations within the past three years.
  • May not have been convicted of, plead guilty or no contest to, or been diverted on a serious traffic violation within the past three years. Serious traffic violations include DUI, reckless driving, hit and run, vehicular homicide, transporting an open container of alcoholic liquor or cereal malt beverage, eluding a police officer and negligent homicide.

For more information regarding the internship program contact the Training Sergeant at 913-327-6731.