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Cadet Internship

Requirements and Processing | FAQ

The goal of Cadet Internship Program is to provide training and experience in the field of law enforcement to qualified college students who have a desire to pursue a career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The program is designed to provide the foundation the Cadet Intern will need to keep them involved and on the right ethical and professional path to transition into an Ohio State Highway Patrol Cadet.

Get yourself started in an exciting career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


Minimum Requirements: The minimum requirements for consideration are as follows:

  • Must be enrolled in either a full time or part time status at an accredited university or college and be considered in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or better).

  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 while employed.

  • Must provide proof of grades and attendance each quarter and/or semester enrolled.

  • Must have a valid driver’s license.

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 19 years old and able to enter an Academy Class before reaching their 35th birthday.

  • Graduating high school seniors can apply to the program once they have completed one semester at an accredited university of college. The student must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA or better.

Job Responsibilities:

The Cadet Intern will:

  • Maintain a professional demeanor.

  • Demonstrate the Ohio State Highway Patrol Core Values.

  • Be required to complete the physical fitness assessment each month.

  • Successfully complete the Cadet Internship Training Manual with the assistance of the post mentor.

  • Learn the Division's structure, Mission Statement, Code of Conduct, Core Values, radio signals, criminal and traffic laws, proper cleaning techniques for equipment.

  • Assist post personnel with various administrative duties (e.g., filing, database entry, answering phones, greet visitors).

  • Operate the LEADS terminal (inquiry access only).

  • Assist at various events, OVI checkpoints and traffic accidents.

  • Assist the Commercial and Salvage Inspection Teams and Court Liaison Officer.

  • Participate in community programs.

  • Perform post maintenance duties (e.g., raking leaves, shoveling snow, etc.)

  • Ensure care of patrol cars (e.g., washing, cleaning, checking fluid levels)

  • Assist Field Recruiters in college and high school career days, applicant contacts and speech details.

  • Assist Academy staff during the Ohio State Fair.

  • Assist in the development of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Explorer Program.

  • Participate in the Cadet Internship Ride-Along Program with the post mentor.


Working Conditions:

  • The Cadet Intern will work varied hours of day or night, weekends, and during inclement weather.

  • The Cadet Intern will work with a post mentor.

  • The Cadet Intern will work with the post commander to determine the number of hours they can work. This will be dependent upon the Cadet Intern’s course schedule.

  • The Cadet Intern must be enrolled as a full or part-time student the majority of the academic year.



Cadet Interns will work between 10 to 39 hours per week at post locations throughout the State and paid $14.72 per hour.