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District of Columbia Department of Human Resources Internships

District of Columbia Department of Human Resources Internships

The DC Department of Human Resources (DCHR) provides human resource management services that strengthen individual and organizational performance and enable the District government to attract, develop and retain a well-qualified, diverse workforce.

Office of Police Complaints Internship Program

General Requirements

Undergraduate interns and law clerks 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, Chinese, and Vietnamese). Law clerks also should have strong legal research, analysis, and writing skills, and be familiar with electronic legal research databases.

Advantages of Office of Police Complaints Internship Program

2006 Summer Interns

  • Academic credit or a stipend for internships (Stipends are available during the summer only, when funds are available.)
  • Opportunities to relate coursework to on-the-job experiences
  • Opportunities for mentoring from experienced staff members
  • Extensive and comprehensive in-house training, as well as encouragement of ongoing educational and professional growth
  • Networking opportunities with representatives of government, law enforcement, and nonprofit agencies


Summer 2006 Interns

Undergraduate Intern Duties and Responsibilities

  • Investigate citizen complaints of police misconduct against Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers. During the summer, undergraduate interns are assigned cases of their own to investigate under the supervision of a full-time Office of Police Complaints investigator. During the academic year, undergraduate interns assist full-time investigators with various parts of an investigation, including evidence gathering and witness interviews.
  • Draft recommendations about how to proceed with complaints
  • Participate in community outreach activities
  • Conduct research for office-wide projects
  • Work with MPD, attorneys, and local and federal agencies on issues affecting Office of Police Complaints

Law Clerk Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct legal research and prepare legal and factual analyses
  • Draft texts, comments, and testimony regarding policy recommendations and proposed legislation related to Office of Police Complaints and police accountability and oversight
  • Participate in community outreach activities
  • Work with MPD, attorneys, advocacy groups, and local and federal agencies on issues affecting Office of Police Complaints.

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