OCC Students Experience Real Life Police Work in Detroit Police Internship

DPD intern Darrell Wagner

Darell Wagner, a criminal justice sophomore at OCC, participated in a Detroit Police Department internship this summer.

The Detroit Police Department invited OCC’s Internship & Cooperative Education Program to become a partner in a new internship program.

As a result, Oakland Community College criminal justice sophomores Justin Snow and Darell Wagner joined 33 other students for the internship from over 175 who applied from Oakland University, Wayne Community College, Macomb Community College, Michigan State and other in-state and out-of-state schools.

The selection process included a detailed application process, scoring based on work and academic performance, criminal background checks and interviews by officers and human resources. Students were given the opportunity to view crime scenes, autopsies, conduct interviews with victims and witnesses and complete police reports. OCC students said the internships gave them “real world” experience and affirmed their desire to enter a law enforcement career.

“The skills I learned and the welcoming environment at the DPD was the best,” said Wagner, 30, of Pontiac. “I was able to get hands-on experience and participate in the dynamic Commercial Auto Theft Squad. I would recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in law enforcement.”

Detroit police are seeking student interns for the winter semester. Internships will require a 10-hour-a-week time commitment and will include experiences such as working with officers, ride-a-longs, assisting on crime scenes and working in special units. DPD plans to offer a summer intern program for students in high school and college.

“Students seeking an internship assignment at OCC should be prepared, organized, proactive and work hard to set career goals,” said Willie Lloyd, Director of Placement Services and Cooperative Education at OCC. Lloyd also encouraged students to review the Internship and Co-op Schedule for upcoming events and opportunities.

For information about becoming an intern or posting an internship, click here, or contact Kathie House, Program Coordinator at OCC, at kshouse@oaklandcc.edu or (248) 232-4140.

By Miranda Mayuiers

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