Police Internships

Interns in front of police station


This program continues to increase in popularity, with a growing applicant pool to choose from year after year. We have three semester options for applicants to choose from this year. Interns who have gone through our program have historically enjoyed high rates of employment in the law enforcement field upon completing their college studies. Due to the competitive nature of this application process, we encourage those who were not selected in previous years to re-apply.

To be eligible for internship consideration, you must be an active college student working to complete a degree, and the internship is part of an assigned curriculum at your college. Please be sure to read this entire page before applying.

Police Internship

We accepted applications for our summer 2024 police internship through March 15.

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  • Paid: $15 per hour
  • 200 hours of law enforcement training
  • Earn college credits towards your degree
  • Special consideration given for future employment
  • Uniform provided


  • Minimum 18 years of age, no maximum age limit
  • Currently enrolled in college and working towards a degree (doesn’t have to be Criminal Justice)
  • Must be able to perform the regular physical duties required of a police officer
  • Must commit to completing the entire five-week internship program
  • Complete a research paper by the conclusion of the internship

Automatic Disqualifiers

The City of Lenexa Police Department will automatically disqualify any individual for the following:

General conduct

  • Has been convicted of, or took part in, a felony or any offense that would be constituted as a felony within the State of Kansas or the United States
  • Has been convicted of, or took part in, the commission of a Class A or B misdemeanor within the past five years, subject to review
  • Has been convicted of, or took part in, any crime of a sexual nature
  • Has been dishonorably discharged from any branch of the United States Armed Forces
  • Has had a state law enforcement certification denied, suspended or revoked
  • Falsifying or lying about any information requested on a questionnaire or application as a part of the hiring process
  • Exhibited conduct or pattern of conduct that would tend to disrupt, diminish, or otherwise jeopardize public trust

Drug and alcohol usage

  • Any marijuana, THC, or like-substance will be subject to review.
  • Illegal IV drug use
  • Other illegal drug use, to include illegal use of prescription medication within the past 5 years; usage outside of 5 years will be subject to review
  • Manufacture, sales, or distribution of illegal drugs
  • Established pattern of illegal drug use or prescription medication abuse
  • Established pattern of alcohol abuse


  • Driving under the influence conviction/diversion as an adult within the past 3 years. Two or more DUIs in a lifetime
  • Pattern of traffic law violations that indicate disrespect for traffic laws or disregard for public safety
  • Three or more chargeable or at-fault accidents within the past 3 years.
  • Suspended or revoked driver's license within the past 3 years, subject to review
  • Does not currently possess a valid state issued driver’s license


  • Members are allowed to have visible tattoos while on duty. However, members shall not have any tattoos or brands, whether visible to the public or not, that exhibit or advocate: discrimination against any sex, race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, gender identity, medical condition, or marital status, or any other protected class; gang, supremacist, or extremist group affiliation; drug or alcohol abuse; violence; sexually explicit or suggestive acts; profane words or phrases; lawlessness; language or depictions that may impair or disrupt the operations of the Department, or is inconsistent with the mission of the Department; or other obscene matters.
  • For sworn members, tattoos or brands on the head, face, neck, or hands are not permitted. The only exceptions are that sworn members may have one band ring tattoo on one finger of each hand.
  • For non-sworn personnel, tattoos or brands on the head, neck, or hands must be approved by the Chief of Police.

Steps to apply

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Print off and complete the Personal History Statement and turn it in. (The Personal History Statement will be emailed to applicants after their online application is reviewed)
  3. Oral board interview*
  4. Polygraph examination*
  5. Background investigation*

*for those who successfully progress through the selection process.

Topics covered during internship

  • Traffic Stops
  • Search and Seizure
  • Firearms
  • Police Canine
  • Patrol Procedures
  • Tactical Team Operations
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Patrol Ride-Along

and more...

For questions about our police internship program, email pdrecruiter@lenexa.com or call 913.825.8282