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Office of Police Complaints Seeks Candidates for 2011 Internships

Thursday, December 23, 2010

(Washington, DC) - The Office of Police Complaints (OPC) is currently seeking candidates for its 2011 Investigative, Legal, and Public Affairs internship programs.  Students selected to participate will gain valuable training and practical experience in criminal justice, law enforcement, and civil rights issues.

“Interns play a key role in investigating complaints of police misconduct, assuring thoughtful and accurate legal analysis, and promoting police accountability,” said Philip K. Eure, OPC’s executive director. “Our program also creates opportunities for students to translate coursework to on-the-job experience.”

Investigative interns work with experienced investigators to collect and review evidence, draft interview questions, and take witness statements.  Investigative interns also participate in community outreach and education activities.

Legal interns conduct legal and factual research to support the investigative and administrative functions of the office, write legal memoranda, and draft proposals for police reforms.  In addition, law interns work with advocacy groups and local and federal agencies on issues affecting police accountability.

The Public Affairs Internship provides undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to draft news releases, coordinate and participate in outreach events, respond to information requests from the public and prepare content for the agency’s website. 

Applicants for the internship programs should have strong research, writing, and interpersonal skills, and be able to work with diverse populations.  Foreign language skills and coursework in government, journalism, political science, communications, public policy, civil rights, public relations, and criminal justice are viewed favorably.

For more information select OPC’s internship opportunities.