Each semester the International Association of Chiefs of Police hires a select number of students (graduate and undergraduate) from colleges and universities across the country. Internships are located in Alexandria, Virginia, and last approximately 12 weeks, with room for flexibility depending on needs or requirements of the student. Interns are afforded a flexible work schedule with a maximum 32 hour work week and earn $12 per hour. Most applicants seek credited internships; however, non-credit applicants are also accepted. Housing, transportation, and reserved parking are not provided.
Student assignments vary each semester due to the programmatic demands of the eight divisions of the IACP and the project priorities of each of these divisions. Intern responsibilities will also vary based on the project and manager to which the intern is assigned. Interns may be assigned to work on one priority project or a portfolio of efforts. Administrative and law enforcement leadership topics with which interns are involved in include: legislative initiatives, global policing, gun violence, victim response, executive mentoring, violence against women, intelligence/information sharing, terrorism and homeland security.
During each semester, in addition to their assigned duties, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a ride-along with an area police department; take at least one educational field trip (for example, a visit to the National Firearms Training Center or a meeting on Capitol Hill); and participate in other professional development opportunities as they arise. IACP firmly believes that a successful internship program must ensure that students learn and participate fully in the work of the association. Internships conclude with exit interviews and an intern questionnaire.
Intern Qualifications/ Expectations
- Good writing, communication and computer skills
- Strong interpersonal skills (ability to work and get along with fellow interns, coworkers and supervisors)
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Receptive to instructions
- Flexibility and the ability to multi-task
- Creative thinking and the ability to express ideas and opinions.
We value everyone’s opinion and interns are considered a part of the team.
- Cover Letter
- Updated Resume
- Writing Sample
- Letter of Recommendation
If there is a particular area of law enforcement or justice in which you are particularly interested, please address this in your cover letter. While IACP cannot guarantee a specific program placement, we do want to give you every opportunity to learn, network and make the most of your internship experience.
Dates and Deadlines
Fall 2013 Semester: September 3rd - December 13th
Application Deadline: Friday, August 16th, 2013
Spring 2014 Semester: January 13th – April 4th
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Summer 2014 Semester: May 19th – August 8th
Application Deadline: Friday, April 4th, 2014
Fall 2014 Semester: September 2nd - November 21st
Application Deadline: Friday, July 25th, 2014
How to Apply
Internship applications can be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at:
International Association of Chiefs of Police
515 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
For more information please contact Ryan Daugirda at email@example.com or call 1-800-THE-IACP (1-800-843-4227 ext. 851).