GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
OFFICE OF POLICE COMPLAINTS
Law Student Internships – 2020 – 2021
The District of Columbia’s Office of Police Complaints (OPC) is seeking several enthusiastic and dedicated law school students to work as law clerks. OPC is an independent government agency that receives, investigates, and resolves citizen complaints of police misconduct filed against Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) 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.
Law school interns work alongside experienced staff on a variety of projects. The primary duties of law school interns are to (1) conduct legal research and write legal memoranda on issues related to police misconduct and the operations of the agency; (2) conduct best practices research and draft proposals for police reform; and (3) work with MPD, attorneys, advocacy groups, and local and federal agencies on issues affecting police accountability.
Fall/Spring interns must commit to12 hour’s minimum per week to be considered for this program. Fall/Spring internships are unpaid, but can be done in conjunction with a course for academic credit. Summer positions are paid and must commit to working 40 hours per week to be considered for the program and must complete their second year of law school before starting the internship. The 2020 Summer term dates are May 26 – August 7, 2020.
Applicants should have strong interpersonal skills, and be able to work with diverse populations. Courses in government, public policy, civil rights, and criminal justice are viewed favorably, as are foreign language skills especially Spanish. Law school interns also should have strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills, and be familiar with electronic legal research databases.
Applications, which should include a brief cover letter, résumé, transcript, and writing sample, and apply thru https://policecomplaints.dc.gov/page/office-police-complaints-opc-internship-application-form or JoinHandshake.com .
APPLICATION DEADLINES ARE:
Fall 2020 – August 14, 2020
Spring 2021 – December 11, 2020
Summer 2021 – October 16, 2020
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.