Polk State Student Completes Internship at Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
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A soon-to-be Polk State College graduate has just completed a highly competitive internship with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, the organization that provides training for more than 90 agencies.
Paige Clark, 22, a resident of Winter Haven, will receive her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice this month. Earlier this semester, she spent three months interning at the FLETC location in Glynco, Ga.
FLETC provides a wide variety of training programs — on topics such as counterterrorism, active shooters, and Internet investigations — to agencies such as the department of Homeland Security, U.S Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to name just a few.
“It’s like the police academy for federal agents,” Clark said.
According to fletc.gov, the FLETC College Intern Program is highly competitive. Interns are selected based on their resumes, essays, recommendations from academic officials, leadership experiences, community involvement and communication skills.
During her internship, Clark split her time between reviewing training materials as part of FLETC’s paperless initiative and participating in training sessions of her choosing.
“Because of the degree I’m getting at Polk State, I felt like I had already learned a lot of the ‘book stuff’,” Clark said. “So all the classes I picked were very physical, like sessions on shooting, driving, and officer control tactics, which is basically how to kick somebody’s butt.”
For all that she learned at FLETC, the most valuable thing Clark took away might simply be deepened resolve to pursue a career in law enforcement.
“I got this opportunity to get a sneak peak, an insider’s look at law enforcement. While I was there, people kept asking me, ‘Has this changed your mind?’ But it really just made me even more driven to reach my goal of working in federal law enforcement,” said Clark.
Clark, whose father is a detective in South Florida, spent some time earlier in her college career transcribing suspect, witness and victim statements for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
She is currently applying to local law enforcement agencies, and hopes to one day work in solving and preventing crimes against women and children.
“I want to be part of stopping all the crazy stuff that happens in the world,” she said.
In addition to associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice, Polk State Public Safety includes degrees and training in Emergency Medical Services and Fire Science Technology, and the CALEA with Excellence-accredited Polk State Kenneth C. Thompson Institute of Public Safety.
The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) College Intern program (CIP) provides opportunities for college students majoring in criminal justice, criminology, business, information technology, and social science-related fields of study to participate in a federal law enforcement training environment.
The CIP is offered in two sessions consisting of twelve (12) weeks. Applicants elect at the time of application whether to serve a Law Enforcement or Non-Law Enforcement internship. Law Enforcement interns will spend approximately fifty-percent of their time completing worthwhile work to advance the FLETC’s mission of training “those who protect our homeland”. Non-Law Enforcement interns will complete challenging administrative projects that provide insights in how various business lines support our mission. Both types of interns will spend the remaining fifty-percent of their auditing basic and advanced training courses.
All interns will be assigned a mentor who will help facilitate any networking germane to the intern’s field of interest.
Compensation, Lodging, and Board
Participants in the CIP are student volunteers and are not considered Federal employees other than for on-the-job injuries and tort claims. Student volunteers are not entitled to remuneration or benefits; however, course credit may be received upon the successful completion of their session. The assignment of course credit is at the discretion of the intern’s educational institution.
Interns selected to attend at the Glynco, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; or Artesia, New Mexico, locations are provided complementary housing at the on-center dormitories and free meals in the on-center dining facilities. Interns selected to attend the Washington, D.C., location will be responsible for their own housing and meals. All incurred travel expenses are the sole responsibility of the intern.
August 1, 2017 – August 31, 2017
Jan 8, 2018 - March 30, 2018
January 1, 2018 – January 31, 2018
May 21, 2018 - August 10, 2018
* Applications will not be accepted prior to or after the application dates for each session.
How to Apply
Applications to the CIP will only be accepted during the application dates listed above. Once the open period for the respective session arrives, a vacancy announcement will be posted on the Office of Personnel Management’s website, www.usajobs.gov. Applicants will need to create a USAJOBS® account in order to submit their application.
Applicants will need to submit all of the following documents via USAJOBS® in order to be considered:
- A current resume.
- A narrative essay no more than two single- or double-spaced pages in length that sets forth, at a minimum, the following:
- Why you are interested in the FLETC College Intern Program;
- Your career motivations and goals;
- The source of inspiration for your career motivation and goals;
- The skills that you would bring to the FLETC if you were selected as an intern; and
- The type of internship (i.e., Law Enforcement or Non-Law Enforcement) you would like to serve during your Internship Session.
- A nomination letter from a school official (e.g., a faculty member or advisor, intern coordinator, or departmental chairman) with personal knowledge of the applicant. The nomination letter should contain the reasons for nominating the student for an internship at the FLETC (e.g., the student’s scholastic abilities, demonstrated leadership potential, honors, awards, recognitions, etc.). The letter must be on official letterhead in order to be considered valid.
- Official college transcript(s) from the academic institution for which you are currently enrolled. Transcripts that are issued directly to the student are still considered "official" for purposes of this program. Transcripts must be submitted through USAJOBS in order to be considered.
All application documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of the vacancy announcement in order to be considered. Applicants may contact the Human Capital Help desk at Fletc-Jobinfo@fletc.dhs.gov or by calling (912) 280-5111 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET (excluding Federal holidays) should they encounter issues during the application process. Failure to provide one or more of the documents listed above will result in lost consideration for the program.