Youth Opportunities

Trooper Explorer Program

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Trooper Explorer Program is an educational youth program designed to expose individuals to a career in law enforcement through training and mentoring by MSP troopers. 

Explorers will be working with troopers to learn what a law enforcement career entails, serve the community, and develop their leadership ability. Explorers will attend weekly meetings supervised by a trooper. They will also have the opportunity to volunteer at several community events. Explorers will have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Educational instruction based on law enforcement related topics
  • Scenario-based practical exercises
  • Leadership training and experience in leadership roles
  • Competitions at the state and national level with other police explorer programs
  • Community events


  • 14-21 years old
  • Good academic standing (2.5+ GPA)
  • No felony convictions
  • Excellent moral character


Meetings will be held at the Metro South Post, 12111 Telegraph Road, Taylor, MI 48180. 

This program is planned to begin in Spring 2021. For further information or to receive an application, please contact Trooper Ashley Kierpaul at 989-513-4050 or

Michigan Kiwanis Student Trooper Program and American Legion Student Trooper Program:

These one week academies are designed for high school students in grades 10-12 to experience the training needed to become Michigan State Police troopers. Students learn about traffic and criminal law, defensive tactics, firearms and marksmanship fundamentals, first-aid, water safety, narcotics, search and seizure, patrol tactics, crash investigations, law enforcement career opportunities, forensic science, conservation law, underwater recovery, and character issues of leadership. Learn more about the Kiwanis Student Trooper Program and the American Legion Student Trooper Programs.

The Michigan Youth Leadership Academy (MiYLA)

Entirely funded on a competitive, annual basis through the federal U.S. Department of Justice, Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, MiYLA provides teens ages 14-15 with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and build positive relationships with law enforcement officers. The teens spend five days at the MSP Training Academy, in Lansing, where they receive instruction from troopers and officers from their hometown police department in an effort to form a foundation of responsibility, respect and trust, benefiting the teens, law enforcement officers, and their community. This is only run for a few weeks during the summer dependent on the availability of federal funds, and is city and gender-specific. Learn more about (MiYLA).

Cadet Program

The Cadet Program provides training and experience in various aspects of the police profession prior to assuming the role of a sworn police officer or related position. Cadets perform a variety of law enforcement related tasks to assist state police personnel in office and post activities. There are a limited number of paid cadet positions. Position vacancies will be posted on the State of Michigan's Job Openings website.

Internship Opportunities

The MSP offers a limited number of unpaid internships at various locations for students interested in a career in law enforcement. The MSP also offers a limited number of non-law enforcement internships as well. To be considered for an internship at one of our participating worksites, the following is required:

  • United States citizen at the time of application or have a valid student visa
  • Enrolled in an internship program at a college or university for which you will receive course credit
  • Submit to driving history and criminal record check
    • Criminal history or excessive civil infraction violations will be evaluated based on seriousness, surrounding circumstances, number, and date of violations
    • Felony convictions shall be cause for automatic disqualification
  • Valid operator's or chauffeur's license without restrictions (except corrective lenses) *

*  required for law enforcement internships only

The worksite coordinator will work with the student intern to determine work hours and assignments, while taking into consideration the student's other employment and educational obligations, as well as the work site's operational needs.

Student internships typically last one semester (approximately 16 weeks). 

Application Process - Law Enforcement

  • Contact the recruiter at the worksite you are interested in working to discuss internship possibilities.
  • Submit the Application for Internship Form (PD-039) in full, at least one month prior to the anticipated start date of the internship to the worksite commander.
  • You may be required to fill out additional application forms, based on the worksite commander
  • Your application will be reviewed and acceptable candidates will be asked to appear for an interview to determine suitability for an internship at the designated worksite.

Application Process - Non-Law Enforcement

  • Check the Civil Service Job Posting page frequently for internship opportunities at:
  • You may be required to fill out additional application forms, based on the worksite commander
  • Your application will be reviewed and acceptable candidates will be asked to appear for an interview to determine suitability for an internship at the designated worksite.

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