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Office of Police Complaints Seeks Applicants for 2010 Internship Program

Monday, December 28, 2009

(Washington, DC) – The Office of Police Complaints (OPC) is currently recruiting students for its 2010 internship program.  The agency offers three types of internships: investigations, legal, and public affairs.

Undergraduate students selected for OPC’s investigative internship program assist experienced investigators on a variety of projects, including collecting and reviewing evidence, drafting interview questions and taking witness statements needed for police misconduct investigations.

The agency’s law school interns gain practical experience by working with attorneys, advocacy groups, and local and federal agencies on issues affecting OPC. Law clerks perform legal research and analysis on matters related to law enforcement, civil rights, and police accountability. In addition, law interns draft recommendations for police reform.

The newly-created public affairs internship program provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to develop valuable skills in public relations and communications while becoming familiar with the growing field of police oversight. Among other things, these interns can expect to assist the public affairs specialist with community outreach events, writing news releases and promoting news coverage of the agency.

Since the agency’s inception in 2001, more than 60 college and 30 law school students have participated in OPC’s internship program. The agency has attracted many outstanding students from schools in the Washington, DC, area and beyond.

“Our internship program gives students the chance to learn about and become involved in the activities of one of the nation’s leading police oversight agencies,” said Philip K. Eure, OPC’s executive director. “Interns can also develop their skills by applying their coursework to on-the-job experiences.”

All applicants should have strong research, writing, and interpersonal skills and be able to work with diverse populations. Internships during the academic year are unpaid although students can receive academic credit for their work if their schools permit it. The budget permitting, summer internships are paid.

For more information about OPC and how to apply for internships, please select from the links below: