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The Long Beach Police Department offers a limited number of internships each year. College students who must complete an internship as part of their academic requirements and who wish to pursue a career in law enforcement are invited to apply for the non-paid internship positions.

The number of applicants oftentimes exceeds the number of internship opportunities available and preference is given to students in the California State University Long Beach and California State University Dominguez Hills Criminal Justice programs.

Interested parties must: 

  • be enrolled in an accredited college with a focus in criminal justice 
  • be of good moral character 
  • have no felony convictions
  • possess a valid California driver's license or identification card 

In order to meet the goals and objectives of the L.B.P.D. Law Enforcement Internship Program and to accommodate the university‚Äôs academic calendar:  

  • All applicants must successfully complete a comprehensive background process. Currently, the background investigation takes four months to complete. The process includes: Live Scan fingerprinting, a pre-employment background questionnaire, a polygraph, and review of employment, education, driving, and financial histories, as well as alcohol and illegal drug use. 
  • Applicants must submit completed application packets in the spring semester of their junior year, no later than April 1st, in order to begin an internship in the spring semester of their senior year.
  • Integral to the Law Enforcement Internship Program is the opportunity to gain insight into L.B.P.D. operations, prior to beginning the internship/academic semester.  Approved applicants must complete 80 volunteer hours for L.B.P.D., typically in the fall semester of their senior year, but no later than December 1st. The volunteer experience may include: participation in a patrol ride-along or communications sit-along, special event(s), or providing assistance to various departmental offices.

If you are interested in participating in the L.B.P.D. Law Enforcement Internship Program, please email your resume and a letter of interest to the volunteer coordinator. Letters of interest should include why you believe you are a qualified applicant and your area(s) of interest in law enforcement. Upon receipt and review, the volunteer coordinator will contact you to discuss next steps.