The District of Columbia’s Office of Police Complaints (OPC) is seeking several enthusiastic and dedicated college interns for internships. OPC is a District of Columbia government agency that receives, investigates, and resolves citizen complaints of police misconduct filed against Metropolitan Police Department and D.C. Housing Authority officers. OPC provides an independent and impartial forum for the processing of police misconduct complaints and promotes the highest attainable standard of integrity, professionalism, and accountability in the District’s police department and housing authority officers.
College interns work alongside experienced staff on a variety of projects. The primary duties of college interns are to assist with police misconduct investigations by collecting and reviewing evidence, participating in interviews, and drafting investigative memos and reports. Duties also may include special projects being conducted by the agency. In addition, interns may assist with responding to information requests from the public and conducting community outreach events designed to disseminate information about the agency and its function.
Summer interns are paid and must commit to working 40 hours per week to be considered for the program. Spring and fall interns must commit to working at least 8 – 12 hours per week to be considered. Fall and spring internships are unpaid, but can be done in conjunction with a course for academic credit.
Applicants should have strong research, writing, and interpersonal skills, and be able to work with diverse populations. Courses in government, political science, public policy, civil rights, and criminal justice are viewed favorably, as are foreign language skills especially Spanish.
2020 Application Deadlines are:
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (2-4 pages) by the following dates:
Summer April 3, 2020
Fall August 7, 2020
Spring December 4, 2020
Applicants can apply thru https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/page/office-police-complaints-opc-internship-application-form or thru https://JoinHandshake.com.
For more information about OPC and the internship program, please contact the office at 202-727-3838 or visit OPC’s website at www.policecomplaints.dc.gov.