189 Church St.
Putnam, CT 06260
College Student Internship Program

College Student Internship Program

Putnam Police Department
College Student Internship Program

Contact Person: Captian Justin Lussier
Phone: (860) 928-6565
Email: Justin.Lussier@putnampolice.com
We are proud to join efforts with area universities and colleges to offer the opportunity of internship experiences.  Our non-paid internships offer students an opportunity to observe and work in several divisions of our Department.  The objective of this program is to provide a meaningful learning and work experience and to provide an opportunity to assess the police profession first hand. Typical experiences may include:

  •         Introductions and Department tour
  •         Law Enforcement Accreditation and Policy Development
  •         Recruiting and Hiring Processes
  •         Records Section
  •         Training section
  •         Communications Department
  •         Court
  •         Community Outreach Programs
  •         DARE
  •         Car Seat Fittings
  •         Senior Citizen Assistance Program – Yellow Dot

It is our intention to provide a comprehensive learning experience.  However, we cannot guarantee the exact experiences you will receive due to the nature of police activities and the unpredictability of criminal activity.

Students participating in the Putnam Police Department College Internship Program must be a legitimate student at an accredited college or university. Undergraduate students must be in their sophomore, junior, or senior year with a minimum of 36 credits. Graduate and law students are also eligible. Students must be United States citizens.

  • Legitimate student at a college or university
  • Undergraduate class standing of Sophomore, Junior, or Senior by credit hours (minimum of 3 completed semesters and at least 36 credit hours)
  • United States citizen
  • Must sign confidentiality agreement
  • Must pass full personal background investigation


Note: The background investigation for interns is equal to the investigation for Police Officer applicants. The investigation will include a criminal history check and applicants will be required to submit fingerprints.


An internship with the Putnam Police Department will be a very rich and rewarding experience.  We hope to provide students with an opportunity to be actual participants and observers in the day-to-day operations of a law enforcement agency.  Interns will have the opportunity to compare and contrast academic teachings to real-life situations.

If you are interested in participating in our college student internship program, please email the following application requirements to: justin.lussier@putnampolice.com

Application Requirements:

  • Personal Resume
  • Personal Essay of between 500-750 words, answering the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in a Putnam PD internship?
    • What can you offer the Putnam PD as an intern?
    • What do you expect to learn from your internship?
    • Why have you selected your preferred internship assignments?
  • Unofficial transcript must be submitted either via email or via regular mail (189 Church Street, Putnam, CT 06260)