9910 San Francisco Police Department Graduate Summer Intern -2020

Recruitment #TEX-9910-103863


San Francisco Police Department Graduate Summer Internship Program

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this position may close at any time, but no sooner than February, 28 2020.


“The San Francisco Police Department offers qualified individuals the opportunity to make a positive difference in our citizens’ daily lives. From our patrol officers to our community engagement team and civilian staff, we are committed to excellence and providing professional service for all to keep our City safe. I encourage you to apply to become one of San Francisco’s finest.” –Chief William Scott

The San Francisco Police Department is committed to excellence in law enforcement and is dedicated to the people, traditions and diversity of our City. In order to protect life and property, prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime, the department provides service with understanding, response with compassion, performance with integrity and law enforcement with vision. The San Francisco Police Department established in 1849, enforces the law and investigates crime in San Francisco, including the San Francisco International Airport. The organization has grown into a nationally known police department providing law enforcement services to one of the most recognized cities in the United States. The department operates 10 district stations, a crime lab and a training academy. For more information, visit http://sanfranciscopolice.org/

Appointment Type  

Temporary Exempt. This position is excluded by the Charter (Category 18) from the competitive civil service examination process and shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing officer.

Position Description

Graduate Summer Interns will work full-time, 40 hours per week, in an assigned San Francisco Police Department unit. Each intern will work directly with an SFPD Mentor who will supervise them with both daily tasks and larger scale projects. Interns will also be given the opportunity to tour various SFPD locations, meet SFPD leadership, and participate in other events aimed at professional development. Participating units may include: 

  • Chief of Staff Office
  • Community Engagement
  • Forensics Division
  • Fiscal Division
  • IT Division
  • Professional Standards and Principled Policing Division
  • Staff Services Division


  • Summer Interns must be enrolled in an accredited college or university graduate degree program for Fall 2020 or have received their graduate degree within 2 years of the applications deadline.
  • Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial accepted) must be uploaded with the application.  
  • Proof of enrollment or completion of graduate degree (acceptance letter, transcripts, and/or degree) must be uploaded with the application.  

 Time Commitment and Working Conditions

  • The SFPD Summer Graduate Internship is full-time, 40 hours per week, 8am-5pm. 
  • The internship runs from 6/08/20 - 8/14/20 (10 weeks) and interns must be available for the entire time period. 
  • Housing and relocation assistance are not provided, and we do not currently offer any housing resources or housing search support. 

Typical schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. but may include weekend or shift hours depending on assignment. Upon completing the internship, there is no implied offer of extension.

The following dates are tentative and subject to change:

Application start date:

February 3, 2020

Deadline for filing:

February 28, 2020

Conduct interviews by:

March 27, 2020

Selected applicants to be contacted with additional hiring instructions by:

April 17, 2020

Internship start date: 

June 8, 2020

Internship end date:

August 14, 2020

Minimum Qualifications

1. Applicant must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; 


2. Applicant must be entering or returning to their graduate program in Fall 2020; 


3. Applicant must have completed a graduate degree within 2 years of application date.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement at time of hire (June 2020), unless otherwise noted.


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Applicants MUST demonstrate their experience, knowledge and responsibilities described above in the employment record section of the City application.

A resume does NOT substitute for this section of the City application.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, TJ Chow, by telephone at 415-837-7383, or by email at tony.chow@sfgov.org


Selection Procedures

Applications will be screened for relevant qualifying experience and education. Only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process. The department may implement screening mechanisms in order to determine candidates’ qualifications for this position.

Background Investigation:

Prior to employment with the San Francisco Police Department, a thorough background investigation will be conducted to determine the candidate’s suitability for employment. The investigation may include, but not be limited to: criminal history records, driving records, drug/alcohol screening, and other related employment and personal history records. Reasons for rejection may include use of controlled substances and alcohol, felony conviction, repeated or serious violations of the law, inability to work with co-workers, inability to accept supervision, inability to follow rules and regulations or other relevant factors. Candidates may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening, and must clear Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation fingerprinting. Criminal records will be carefully reviewed; candidates who do not report their complete criminal records on their applications will be disqualified. Applicants will be fingerprinted.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


Reasonable Accommodation Request: Applicants with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodation for this process must contact the ADA Coordinator Penny Si, by phone at (415) 837-7221 or if hearing impaired, (415) 575-6082 (TTY), or in writing at San Francisco Police Department, Staff Services Division – 5th Floor, Attn: 9910 Summer Internship, 1245 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94158 as soon as possible. Information on requesting reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities can be found at: http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process#applicantswithdisabilities  


General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://sfdhr.org/information-about-hiring-process or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

For more information about benefits, please click here.


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