Nathans Investigations student internship programs offer internships throughout the year. Whether you’re graduating with an undergraduate degree, Masters degree, MBA or PhD, internships are open to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students. Selected students will have an opportunity to do real investigative work with the best equipment and technology the field has to offer in a major metropolitan environment. The Student Internship Programs provide a diverse and unique experience that helps lay the foundation for numerous criminal justice careers.
Some of the units our interns are assigned while enrolled in our Student Internship Programs include:
- Background Investigations Unit
- Field Operations Unit
- Specialized Operations Unit
- Cyber Response Unit
- Missing Persons Unit
- Public Interest Unit
- Cold Case Unit
Nathans Investigations Student Internship Programs is a non-paid internship, though students may be able to receive college credit through their institutions. Undergraduate applicants must be either a junior or senior at a fully accredited college or university. Students who have already graduated from school are not eligible to attend.
NI internships are 16 weeks during the fall and spring terms, and 12 weeks during the summer. Each week, interns must work with assigned NI Investigators Monday through Friday, approximately eight hours a day, 40 hours a week. Daily schedules will vary and could be a day shift, afternoon shift or evening shift. Selected amount of weekend days may be required depending on the assigned unit and/or program of study.
To apply to The Student Internship Programs applicant must be:
- At least 18 years of age.
- Highly-motivated and ready to broaden their understanding of private investigation work.
- Minimum 3.0 GPA in their major, and minimum 2.7 GPA overall.
- Attend a college or university full time as an undergraduate (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior), graduate or post-doctoral student. Students will not be eligible if they graduate before the program start date.
- Maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or better at the time of application and for the duration of the internship program.
- A first-semester freshman or student attending a school that does not provide a GPA will need to meet alternate criteria. Instead of a 3.0 GPA or higher, the applicant must have maintained at least a 3.0 high school GPA and have scored a 1500 out of 2400 on the SAT (1000 out of 1600 on new SATs) or scored a 21 or higher on the ACT
- In addition to completing the Internship Application, applicants should also include a Cover Letter. Applicants should include why they have chosen to apply for that internship position and what qualifies them for their internship program.
- Your current college transcripts.
- A copy of your driver’s license and student identification card.
- A criminal background check from your place of residence (go to your local police station or sheriff’s office).
- A letter of recommendation from your school’s internship coordinator or faculty advisor.
While applicants come from a range of academic backgrounds, the most competitive applicants also possess the following skills:
- Strong analytical thinking abilities.
- Flexibility and adaptability.
- Initiative and self-motivation.
- Collaboration — works well with others.
- Good judgment and decision-making skills.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills.