Bailey HoweIntern, Metropolitan Police Department of Washington DC

Major: CCJS & GVPT

Minor: International Development and Conflict Management

Class Year: 2021

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What was a typical week like in your internship position?

A typical week for me in the Internal Affairs Bureau of MPD consisted of making sure files were prepared for litigation trials, filings complaints against officers properly and helping the agents transcribe interviews for cases. At the end of the week, I usually went on a ride along because they counted towards our weekly hours and it was fascinating meeting so many different officers and hearing their backgrounds.



What do you enjoy most about your current position?

I enjoyed getting to know my superiors and learning more about the inner workings of a police department, especially the bureau that not many people talk about. It was so interesting to learn more about our system from an office point of view.



How did your coursework help you in your internship?

All of my coursework helped me in my internship. I had taken Policing earlier, so I knew about the inner workings of the police department. In almost all of my classes, I had to work in teams and work together with other individuals.



How did you locate your internship position?

Due to being a CCJS major, I had to participate in ride alongs with MPD for homework assignments. I had been on a few ride alongs when I looked into their internship program on their website.



Advice for students:

Some advice I have for students is to network at your internship. Walk around the office and introduce yourself. Check in with your supervisor every time you get to work. Make those connections because they will be helpful in the future for recommendation letters and references.



Network, network, network! Talk to as many people as possible! They love to give advice and are always willing to let you help on extra work, if you just ask.