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Office of Police Complaints Announces its 2014 Internship Program

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Office of Police Complaints Announces its 2014 Internship Program

Student interns will work in the areas of investigations, law, and public affairs

(Washington, DC)  – The District of Columbia’s Office of Police Complaints (OPC) is currently seeking applicants for its 2014 internship programs.  Positions are available in three areas:  investigations, law, and public affairs.

Students selected to participate will gain valuable training and practical experience in the field of police oversight and law enforcement.

College or graduate students chosen for OPC’s investigative internship assist experienced investigators with collecting and reviewing evidence, drafting interview questions, and taking witness statements.  Investigative interns also participate in the agency’s community outreach activities.

The agency’s law school interns conduct factual and legal research to support the investigative and administrative functions of the office, write legal memoranda, and draft proposals for police reform.  In addition, law interns work with advocacy groups and local and federal agencies on issues related to police accountability.

Public affairs interns draft news releases, participate in outreach events, establish media contacts, and write content for the agency’s website and Facebook page. 

Applicants for OPC’s internship program should have strong research, writing, and interpersonal skills, and be able to work with diverse populations.  Fall and spring internships are unpaid, but can be done for academic credit in conjunction with coursework at the student’s school.  There is a stipend paid for summer internships.

For more information about OPC’s internship opportunities, visit www.policecomplaints.dc.gov.