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

  • Must successfully complete every step of the application process.
  • Applicant must be of good moral character.
  • Must become a resident of the State of Ohio.
  • Must be 18 years old; in a freshman (with one complete semester), sophomore or junior status while enrolled in college; and be able to enter an Academy Class before reaching his/her 35th birthday.
  • 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.
  • Must currently have and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 while employed.
  • Must provide proof of grades and attendance each quarter and/or semester enrolled.
  • Must have a valid operator's license with no more than 6 points currently on your driving record.

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.
  • 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.
  • Ensure care of patrol cars.
  • Assist Field Recruiters in college and high school career days, applicant contacts and speech details.
  • Participate in the Cadet Internship Ride-Along Program with the post mentor.

  • *Cadets Interns will have no authority ror police powers
  • Cadet Interns will NOT perform the duties of a trooper.
  • At NO time are Cadet Interns allowed to make arrests, issue citations, or confront persons suspected of criminal behavior.
  • Cadet Interns DO NOT carry firearms.

Cadet 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 20 hours per week at post locations throughout the State and paid $14.72 per hour.

NOTE: Cadet Interns must show successful progression throughout the training program before entering an Academy class. Cadet Interns, who are younger than 21 years of age, can enter an Academy class as long as they turn 21 years old before they are commissioned as a State Trooper.