(Washington, DC) The Office of Police Complaints (OPC) recently welcomed its newest class of interns, who will be working for the agency during the summer of 2007.
Summer 2007 Interns (left to right): Florence Pettiquoi, George Washington University School of Law, Crystal Rosa, George Washington University, and Alec Weissgerber, Florida State University.
Since the internship program began when the agency opened in 2001, the program has been an excellent way for OPC to involve both college and law students in the work of the agency, and it has also served as a recruitment tool for OPC. Currently, the agency has a former intern on its investigative staff.
OPC’s internship program provides opportunities for students year-round to gain practical experience, while receiving academic credit for their work during the school year and a salary for their full-time work during the summer, budget permitting.
Interns are able to gain a wealth of knowledge and skills through the program because they are given the chance to learn about and become involved in many of the agency’s activities. College interns assist with investigations and community outreach, while law school interns perform research and analysis on legal issues and on proposals for police reform.
“We have been fortunate to attract a number of talented and enthusiastic students to our internship program,” said Philip K. Eure, OPC’s executive director. “This benefits the public, the students, and the field of police oversight.”
Through the summer of 2007, approximately 45 college students and 17 law students have participated in OPC’s internship program.
For information about internship opportunities at OPC, visit OPC’s website or contact the agency's administrative officer, Stephanie Banks, at (202) 727-3838.