The most important thing a student in college can do is get an internship. I wish I would have done internships at every opportunity. No one cares what you learn in the classroom, everyone wants experience. Here is an internship that was passed along my desk and I wanted to make sure it got out there to people who could find it useful:

Riverhead Police Department Student Intern Program

RIVERHEAD, July 31, 2009 — Supervisor Phil Cardinale notes the success of the Riverhead Police Department’s Student Intern Program. For over 5 years the Department has participated in hosting volunteer interns from local colleges. The program helps to fulfill the students’ degree requirements. Interns are assigned to the Police Department for approximately 100 hours and a special program is tailored to meet individual interests. While working at headquarters, the assignments are usually clerical, but once assigned to the different divisions, such as Detectives, Juvenile Aid Bureau, Court, Communications and Patrol, they obtain more hands-on experiences. Occasionally, their shift will vary to include evening rides with patrol officers.

Cardinale stated, “This program accomplishes two great objectives. The Town assists the training of citizens as they prepare for careers while benefitting from the assistance provided by the participants. I congratulate Chief David Hegermiller and his staff for their efforts which have made the program a success.”

Chief Hegermiller noted, “All interns have reported positive experiences to their respective schools and are very happy to have served with the Riverhead Police Department. The program has been successful in exposing students to law enforcement on a ‘hands-on’ basis and in establishing strong bonds between the Department and our local colleges.”

For more information on police internship programs, please contact Mary Andruszkiewicz at 631-727-4500 Ext. 315.

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