We ask all interns to provide feedback at the end of their internship on their experience. These are examples of some of the comments we have received:
"The OPCC internship provided a strong career platform, focusing on developing my administration, programme coordination and event organising skills which are hard to find elsewhere within such a recognised and well respected national organisation.
Whilst working for the OPCC I was involved in a variety of projects, covering important issues such as Mental Health, Road Safety, Cyber Crime and Modern Slavery. Looking back on my experience, I can really appreciate the networking opportunities the internship provided. I worked with members of the public, Police Officers, Company Directors, Chief Officers and MPs. As a result my confidence and communication skills massively improved.
After my internship I moved to Edinburgh and worked for a national women’s charity as their Senior Programme and National Events Coordinator, a job which I would not have been considered for without my OPCC experiences. A couple of years on I am keen to return to police work and am due to start my Police Investigator (PI) training later this year. Feedback from my PI interview noted that my insight and knowledge of the organisation's responsibilities made me stand out from other applicants." - Emma S
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as an intern in the OPCC. While the office is reasonably small everyone makes you feel welcome from day one. I have been able to build my confidence with public speaking, organising national events and project management. The year has flown by and the experience and skills set gained has been a great learning experience and eye opener to me. “ - Byroni S
"The amount of independence and responsibility felt quite a lot when I began and was initially a bit nerve racking. However I do feel this helped me learn and develop quickly in the role, particularly how to take responsibility for my work / projects.
Being responsible for organising the Scamference is something I will always be grateful for, the amount of skills I learnt, and amount of people I met and worked with was fantastic, especially in terms of building skills in partnership working.
I loved how busy the role was, how as an intern there is almost no set structure for the year and whatever the office is involved in is what interns have a chance to be involved in. Personally I really liked that aspect and I thrive on being given new and varied projects to work on all the time." - Sarah K
"Throughout the duration of my internship I was fortunate enough to be involved in many exciting and important projects as well as taking on a number of responsibilities within the office. Some of the most memorable projects which I took ownership of were a number of crime prevention events, including two cyber security breakfasts, a cyber security conference and a modern slavery awareness event for businesses. As I had sole responsibility for organising some of these events I was definitely out of my comfort zone at times but as a result I gained a host of new skills and competencies.
Such experiences certainly acted as a stepping stone for future career as at the end of my internship I ended up securing a role as a Crime Scene Investigator, one of the departments which I had shadowed during my time in the OPCC" - Candice M
"When I finished university, having studied Criminology, I knew I wanted to work ‘somewhere’ in the criminal justice system but without having any experience I knew I would be limited in the kind of jobs I could apply for. While searching I noticed and applied for the Policing Intern role as I thought it would be the perfect way for me to start my career and gain some valuable experience.
The role in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) is very varied. It has allowed me to improve my existing skills, as well as developing new ones. You get involved in multiple projects and I’ve attended events too such as ‘The Stalking and Harassment Conference’, ‘The Modern Slavery Awareness Event’ and ‘Responding to perpetrators of Domestic Abuse learning event’.
The office is a relatively small team and everyone is happy to provide support to each other. I am really grateful for the opportunity I was given to work in the OPCC and I would recommend it to anyone" - Amy G
"The internship at the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner has been invaluable to me. I did not know what I wanted to do as I was nearing the end of my university career when I stumbled across this internship. I knew this opportunity was what I wanted to do because I could apply the skills I had learned at University while gaining experience.
The main thing that sticks out after my time spent in this internship is the variety of work that goes on within the office. I have been given the opportunity to work in so many different areas such as commissioning victims services and event organisation. This has also helped me to acquire transferable skills that I can take anywhere.
This internship is incredibly useful in helping you understand what areas of work are out there and forms a stepping stone which will help you stand out amongst other graduates. I would heartily recommend this internship to anyone who wants to work in and around policing but isn’t sure where they fit in yet." - Sam W