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College Internships


May 30, 2017: The Portland Police Bureau is currently accepting applications for the following internship:

Unpaid Internship Opportunity – Portland Police Bureau, East Precinct Sex Trafficking Unit

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.

Work times: 20 hours per week, Tuesday-Friday between 2:00pm-midnight (the intern will coordinate her/his schedule with the project supervisor)

The Sex Trafficking Unit is a program designed to reduce crime and improve the lives of people caught in the cycle of addiction and criminality. The Sex Trafficking Unit investigates crimes related to and including, Prostitution (sellers and buyers), Promoting/Compelling Prostitution, Child Enticement cases and other crimes related to the buying and selling of people for sexual purposes.

The ideal applicant will be able to use social media sites and applications. Applicants must have the ability to learn, understand, and recognize the codes/language used in sex trafficking. Applicants must have the ability to read and analyze large numbers of reports, tips, and cases, and use that information to put together link diagrams and association matrices of groups and persons involved in trafficking.

Work may include:

  • Exposure to sexually graphic material
  • Exposure to sensitive material
  • Routinely updating, maintaining, reviewing various social media websites and applications
  • Reading and analyzing reports and tips
  • Creating and/or maintaining link diagrams and matrices


This internship will be posted on an open/continuous basis and may close without notice.

Due to background investigation requirements, there will be no posting for a summer 2017 internship.

For Winter 2018: applications must be received no later than Friday, October 6, 2017.

For Spring 2018: This application period is temporarily on hold.

For Summer 2018: This application period is temporarily on hold.

To Apply:

Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and currently enrolled as a college student in an accredited college or university.

Applicants must be able to pass a criminal history background check (including fingerprints and reference checks). 

Submit the following to Jennie Alexander in the Personnel Division ( Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  • A cover letter with your contact information, your course of study, and a brief description (no more than one page) of your qualifications and interest in the Sex Trafficking program specifically.
  • Your resume
  • Desired dates of the internship, and hours of availability (please note: the work hours must be between 2pm and midnight, Tuesday-Friday)



General Internship Information:

Applications Accepted: Only for specific posted internships during the open dates

Qualifications: Unless otherwise noted on the position announcement, applicants must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled as a college student, and must be able to pass a criminal history background check.

How to apply: The Police Bureau does not maintain a standing applicant pool for internships. When an internship opportunity is posted, applicants must provide the following:

    1. Resume and cover letter with contact information and area of study
    2. Desired dates of the internship
    3. Additional information required in the posting

Most internship positions are clerical and assist with the Division where they are assigned. Interns might also ride with a police officer on duty in a patrol car once or twice during the internship if appropriate.

Applicants must complete a criminal background check (including fingerprints) prior to beginning work. Depending on the nature of the work, a background check can take 1-3 months to complete.

Contact: Jennie Alexander, Police Personnel Division,