Internship Success - Ocean City Police Department

by Jillian Ford on January 20, 2021
Internship Success - Ocean City Police Department

Jillian Ford, class of  2018 criminal justice major, completed a summer internship as a Seasonal Police Officer with Ocean City Police Department in Ocean City, MD.

How did you secure the opportunity?

I secured this opportunity through a criminal justice class. Two officers from the Ocean City Police Department came to school to recruit students interested in becoming seasonal police officers and possibly future full-time officers.

What did you do on a daily basis?

On a daily basis, I would work patrol on the streets, boardwalk, and beaches.

Most importantly, what did you learn?

I learned basic Maryland laws, how to interact with the public, defensive tactics skills and emergency vehicle operations.

Would you recommend this internship to other students?

I would recommend this job to anyone looking to get into the field of law enforcement or even if you just want to see how law enforcement works. It was a great opportunity to get my feet wet and figure out if I wanted to continue with a career in law enforcement. My advice would be to just go for it. I was hesitant at first with leaving home, but the journey was worth it and I wouldn’t be where I am today if I didn’t take the opportunity. I am currently employed with the Alexandria Police Department located in Northern Virginia.

How did this internship help with your future career goals? 

The job in Ocean City helped with future goals because I was able to get an understanding of law enforcement and its everyday challenges. The Ocean City Police Department held a career fair with other departments ranging from Maryland to Virginia. The career fair opened many opportunities of where you could take your career and it provided me with many open doors to continue working in law enforcement.