Dept. Public Safety HBCU Internship Program


The Department of Public Safety offers paid ($15 an hour), 12-week internship opportunities to qualified college students. The internships give students a glimpse of careers and operations within the department. Areas of focus include: Alcohol Law Enforcement, Community Corrections, Emergency Management (Homeland Security), State Bureau of Investigation, State Capitol Police and State Highway Patrol.
The internships are created through Gov. Roy Cooper's Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice, and enacted through Executive Order 145. They are established for students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and offer experiences in criminal justice, emergency management, law enforcement and public safety.
The department follows guidance related to COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Wearing a face covering is required and measures are in place to increase social distancing in the workplace. Learn more about DPS’ response to COVID-19.
What to Expect

What to Expect

Students will experience a semester-long in-person program consisting of rotating two-week blocks. Participation from beginning to end is required. Weeks will be four days (M-Th) focusing on an area of interest, with an enrichment program every other Thursday. Specific areas of focus include:
  • Bomb Squad
  • Civil Disobedience Events
  • Crime Labs
  • Defensive Tactics
  • Executive Protection
  • Fingerprinting
  • Forecasting Storms
  • Hazard Mitigation
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Homeland Security
  • HR, Personnel Selection
  • Investigating Computer Crimes
  • Investigating Financial Crimes
  • K-9 Program
  • Motor Carrier Enforcement
  • Recovery from Emergency Events
  • Telecommunications/911
  • Vehicle Accident Investigation
  • Vehicle Stops
  • Wake County Detention Center
Eligibility & Locations

Eligibility & Locations

  • Junior or senior in good academic standing at Historically Black College or University
  • Majoring in criminal justice, emergency management, homeland security, social work, psychology, sociology or other human service degree programs
  • Interns must consent to a background check and fingerprinting OR consent to agency onboarding requirements
  • Internships are established in the Raleigh area, with other locations statewide to be determined by applicants.
Application Process

Application Process

Submit necessary documents by June 28 to

  • Letter describing your interest
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Resume


  • Aug. 30: Orientation
  • Aug. 31 - Sept. 8: Rotation 1 - State Bureau of Investigation
  • Sept. 9: Thursday Enrichment Activity 
  • Sept. 13 - 22: Rotation 2 - State Highway Patrol
  • Sept. 23: Thursday Enrichment Activity
  • Sept. 27 - Oct. 6: Rotation 3 - Community Corrections/State Capitol Police
  • Oct. 7: Thursday Enrichment Activity
  • Oct. 11 - 20: Rotation 4 - Community Corrections/State Capitol Police
  • Oct. 21: Thursday Enrichment Activity
  • Oct. 25 - Nov. 3: Rotation 5 - Emergency Management
  • Nov. 4: Thursday Enrichment Activity
  • Nov. 8 - 17:  Rotation 6 - Alcohol Law Enforcement
  • Nov. 18: Thursday Enrichment Activity
  • Nov. 19:  Internship concludes with exit interviews