Police Department

Field Study 195 Student Internship

Section 1

Student intern posing in front of police car

Each academic quarter, in partnership with the Social Ecology Field Study 195 program, the UCI police department offers an internship opportunity that allows students a special look at police operations while also introducing them to a possible law enforcement career. In addition to building a positive relationship between the student population and the police department, students will gain valuable experience, knowledge, and contacts while they contribute to the UCI community.

The internship offers students the distinct opportunity to observe and work in the various units of the police department while taking on responsibilities such as assisting police officers and administrative personnel with special projects and daily tasks.

Though there are certain foundational aspects of police operations, the dynamic nature of law enforcement work provides each intern a unique experience every quarter.

Some common assignments can include:

  • Crime analysis
  • Vehicle fleet assistant
  • Logging ‘Lost & Found’ items
  • Assist with police functions
  • Promoting the CSO Program
  • Special projects research
  • Social media

Desired Skills

  • Students must be able to write clearly and concisely
  • Must have good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Good time-management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Should be computer literate and able to perform research
  • Competency in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to handle confidential criminal documents and other sensitive material

 A background check will be performed prior to the intern starting. All applicants must undergo a live scan, have no felony convictions, and pass a background investigation and criminal record check.