DCI Internship Opportunities
The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) provides investigative support and services to law enforcement agencies. DCI special agents and criminal analysts investigate crimes that are of statewide nature, importance, or influence.
The Division of Criminal Investigation is made up of three bureaus:
Arson Bureau – The Office of the State Fire Marshal is charged with the investigation of fires of a suspected incendiary nature, fires that result in the loss of life, and explosions of suspected criminal origins. Deputy State Fire Marshals are located throughout Wisconsin.
Field Operations Bureau – Special Agents within the Field Operations Bureau are assigned to investigations relating to:
- Financial and Gaming Crimes – Investigation relating to identity theft, antitrust violations and other economic crime. Investigation of gaming-related crime aimed at protecting the public interest and the integrity of games of chance played in the state.
- Internet Crimes Against Children – Investigation of the internet as a tool to sexually exploit children.
- Narcotics – Investigation and enforcement of state and federal controlled substance laws.
- Public Integrity – Investigation of public employees or other governmental entities.
- Major Crimes – Investigation including suspicious deaths, officer-involved deaths, missing persons, organized crime.
Field Operations Bureau Special Agents are located throughout Wisconsin at five regional offices (Milwaukee, Madison, Appleton, Wausau, Eau Claire).
Interns with the Field Operations Bureau and Arson Bureau assist special agents with case-related and investigative duties. These duties may include execution of search warrants, surveillance, records review, and intelligence and information gathering. Traditionally, interns within these bureaus are completing course work in criminal justice or related fields. Internships are offered at the DCI Regional Offices. Typically, interns are assigned to a particular office rather than a particular bureau or focus area, as needs dictate.
Special Operations Bureau
Wisconsin Statewide Information Center – A multi-agency, multi-disciplinary information sharing environment serving federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, public and private sector stakeholders with an “all crimes, all hazards, all threats” approach. WSIC is located in the Madison area.
Interns assigned to WSIC can support a variety of functions, including but not limited to, various homeland security-specific tasks, criminal intelligence analysis, investigative functions, and criminal case support. Additionally, interns can assist with a variety of programs/projects within the Criminal Intelligence Unit (including but not limited to projects involving cybersecurity and combating human trafficking), the Wisconsin Crime Alert Network, DCI’s Technical Services Unit, The Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults, the Silver Alert Program, and the Threat/Fusion Liaison Officers Program. Students majoring in Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English, Human Resources, Homeland Security, Information Technology, Legal Studies, Office Administration, Political Science, Social Work, and/or other related fields are encouraged to apply. WSIC supports semester, multi-semester, and summer internships.
Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program – A network of law enforcement and non-governmental agencies dedicated to the investigation and training of issues related to internet-based crimes against children. The ICAC Task Force program is managed at DCI Headquarters, Madison.
Interns with the ICAC Task Force assist the special agent in charge and ICAC program staff with program management duties. The intern will monitor tools used to help track case, statistical, and affiliate information, as well as other projects as needed. Interns will conduct online queries and are expected to have an understanding of social networking and apps, in order to help with website design, social networking account management, and newsletter development. Knowledge of excel preferred. Traditionally, interns within the ICAC Task Force are completing course work in administrative, business management, marketing, or other related fields. The internship is located at DCI Headquarters on the Capitol Square in Madison.
Qualities and skills necessary for a successful intern:
- Honesty & integrity
- Good listener
- Observational skills
- Written/oral communication skills
- Planning/organizational skills
- Tolerance to stress
- Appropriate decision-making ability
The DCI internship program is designed for traditional undergraduate students currently completing a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college. Minimum qualifications for interested applicants include:
- completed two years of higher education (at least 60 academic credits)
- currently enrolled in university/college in a 4-year undergraduate program
Selected candidates will be required to pass a comprehensive background investigation prior to placement in the internship program.
While DCI internships are UNPAID, they provide an excellent opportunity for students to work and interact with special agents, criminal analysts, and other staff in an exciting and important mission.
DCI offers internship opportunities throughout the year, depending on staffing and other resources. To apply, send a current resume and cover letter to the address identified below. In your cover letter, please indicate the regional office or program for which you would like to be considered. Also, please advise as to how many credits you will have completed as of the date of your letter (a minimum of 60 are required). Application materials should be sent to: Internship Program, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, P.O. Box 7857, Madison, WI 53707-7857. Address the envelope to the following individual based upon where you would like to be considered:
- Madison Regional Office – Attn: Special Agent in Charge James Engels
- Milwaukee Regional Office – Attn: Special Agent in Charge Dave Klabunde
- Appleton Regional Office – Attn: Special Agent in Charge Mike Sasse
- Wausau Regional Office – Attn: Special Agent in Charge Cindy Giese
- Eau Claire Regional Office – No internships currently offered, applications will not be accepted
- WSIC – Attn: Criminal Analyst Supervisor Samantha Korta
- ICAC Task Force Program – Attn: Director Matt Joy
- Summer Internship: February 1
- Fall Internship: July 1
- Spring Internship: October 1
While applications received after the deadlines may be considered, please recognize that only applications received before the deadlines will be guaranteed review and consideration. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered as operational needs and office tasks dictate.
Applications for the Wisconsin State Crime Lab or Division of Legal Services WILL NOT be considered, and will not be forwarded.
Please allow one month after the application deadline to expect to hear if you have been selected to participate in an interview. Due to the high volume of applicants, not all applicants will be interviewed for a position.
Application materials will not be returned.
For general questions about the internship program, please contact Director Matt Joy at email@example.com.