Civilian Oversight Internship (Investigations and Research)

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The mission of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is to provide strong, independent, and effective civilian oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The OIG reports directly to the Police Commission and is independent from the Police Department.

The OIG is responsible for:

·         Monitoring and reviewing all serious uses of force, including officer-involved shootings

·         Investigating complaints and overseeing the disciplinary process

·         Completing audits and reviews of LAPD operations

·         Conducting community outreach

More information about the OIG, including links to public reports, can be found at


The goal of the program is to provide students with the experience of being a member of a civilian oversight team and to inform students about the complexities of policing, government, and public interest work within the City of Los Angeles.

Interns are assigned to work on projects across the OIG’s four sections—Complaints, Audits, Use of Force, and Community Relations. Day-to-day activities may include:

·         Conducting research, including an independent project tailored to an area of the intern’s interest

·         Reviewing use of force or complaint investigations

·         Assisting with audits of stops, body-worn video, data-driven policing and other topics

·         Attending meetings with members of the public or LAPD personnel, including Police Commission meetings, use of force review boards, town halls, and more

·         Crafting recommendations to be considered for improving departmental policy and procedure

Interns may also have the opportunity to learn about various aspects of LAPD operations through ride-alongs, training exercises, meetings with management, and more.


This is a full-time, unpaid internship. However, academic credit may be provided, when applicable. The program is expected to begin in early June 2022 and run for 10 weeks.  (Start and end dates are flexible.)


This internship is open to current graduate students in law, public policy, criminal justice, or a related field, with a demonstrated interest in police oversight and/or government accountability. No previous experience is required.


To apply, please email a resume and cover letter to Ben Goldblatt at  Due to the nature of the OIG’s work, successful applicants will need to pass an LAPD background check.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2022.

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