The University of Kentucky Police Department offers internships in our Police Department as well as our Crisis Management/Emergency Management Department. Internships are for academic credit only, applicants must be enrolled in internship course, and must pass a background check including polygraph examination.

Police Internships


The University of Kentucky Police Department is a progressive campus law enforcement agency whose mission is to provide quality police services in partnership with members of our community. UKPD has historically developed numerous successful criminal justice professionals, including professors, attorneys, Chiefs of Police, and leaders in our communities. An internship at UKPD will foster growth of professional skills related to community-oriented policing, provide networking opportunities, as well as invaluable work experience to begin your career in law enforcement. Upon successful completion of the internship, participants will obtain a deeper understanding of police administrative procedures, the importance of community policing, and make lasting contributions to our department.  



We are currently seeking interns in areas of sociology, psychology, communication and information, public administration, business administration, community & leadership development, and emergency management, although other majors will be considered. Interest in law enforcement or related field. Responsible, self-motivated, work well with a team, strong work ethic, ability to work independently, demonstrated interest in community service and maintain a high level of confidentiality. Candidates should also have excellent verbal and written skills with a proficiency in Microsoft Office, PowerPoint. Adobe Premiere, After Effects or Final Cut Pro is a plus. Must be eligible for enrollment in an internship course and pass a background check, including polygraph examination.


  • Participation in research and community service projects
  • Write content for UKPD’s social media channels
  • Promote campus safety in conjunction with police officers
  • Observe investigations, community-oriented policing and law enforcement activities including specialized law enforcement training.
  • Aid in the marketing of the LiveSafe app, Citizens Police Academy, STARR course, campus safety training through video creation
  • Special projects as assigned

To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter outlining why you would like to be an intern at University of Kentucky Police Department and what you hope to accomplish during your internship. Include how many hours per week you are available to work, This internships unpaid. Submit all required materials to Keisha Humphries with “CMP or Police Internship Application” in the subject line.

Crisis Management & Preparedness Internships


The University of Kentucky Police Department- Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness (CMP) provides the opportunity to join our team and earn college credit as an intern.  To qualify as an intern for the CMP team, the student should be prepared to work in a flexible and dynamic environment.  We will provide experience in various aspects of higher education emergency management including, after action reviews, building emergency operation plans, and athletic event emergency operations planning.  Some of the responsibilities include:


  • Assist in the creation and implementation of a university-wide building emergency action plan (BEAP) database.
  • Assist in the creation of Event Action Plans.
  • Assist in the creation of After Action Reports through in person data gathering and report writing.
  • Assist in data entry for NIMS and BEAP compliance.
  • Attend university stakeholder planning meetings.
  • Will conduct operational observations (incident command and patrol operations).


CMP is seeking an undergraduate student in the Lexington area who is majoring in homeland security, emergency management, criminal justice or police studies.  Preference given to UK students. This person should have excellent verbal and written skills. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel is a must. Knowledge of Adobe, PowerPoint and Word is a bonus and will be considered when choosing the best applicant for this unpaid internship position. The candidate must be eligible for enrollment in a departmental 399 internship course or the EXP 396 general elective internship course and pass a background check, including polygraph examination.



Homeland Security, Emergency Management, Criminal Justice, Police Studies, Psychology, Sociology. Interested candidates not majoring in the listed areas of concentration may still apply.