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Apply for an internship with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

The EOPSS Paid Internship Program promotes an accessible and equitable pathway, seeking diverse undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a rewarding career in public safety, criminal justice, and homeland security.
We are now accepting applications for Summer 2023. Applications are due March 3, 2023.

Internship Program

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What you need for Apply for an internship with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • One should be from a professional source (professor or previous employer)
  • Respond to the question below with an essay with a minimum of 500 words and a maximum of 750 words:
    • Why are you interested in state government. Which agency(s) interest you the most within EOPSS and why?

Please note that you must be currently enrolled in an associate's, bachelor's, or higher degree program.

How to apply Apply for an internship with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

We are currently accepting applications until March 3, 2023. To apply, please view and complete the application on MassCareers.

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The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) is offering an exciting professional work experience for students who are Massachusetts residents enrolled in an institution of higher learning. The paid internship program is an in-person internship within EOPSS agencies to provide students from diverse backgrounds a real-world experience in public service. The program is designed to provide students with professional exposure to a variety of public safety-related agencies across the Secretariat.


This program is designed to provide interns with a wide array of public safety and criminal justice policy matters including responsibilities in areas such as:

  • Legal
  • Communications
  • Grant Writing
  • Legislative
  • Digital
  • Victim Services Unit
  • Boards and Commissions
  • IT
  • Forensics
  • Human Resources
  • Fiscal and Accounting

Key dates

Internship dates Application deadline

Summer 2023

May 30, 2023 to September 1, 2023

March 3, 2023


Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

The Executive Office Of Public Safety and Security, led by Secretary Terrence Reidy, is a Secretariat within the executive branch responsible for the policy development and budgetary oversight of its agencies, independent programs, and several boards which aid in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness, and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth.

Office of Grants and Research

The Office of Grants and Research oversees the distribution and administration of grants and conducts research related to criminal justice, anti-drug and violence prevention education, law enforcement, and traffic safety. The office is divided into four divisions: Justice and Prevention, Highway Safety, Homeland Security, and Research and Policy Analysis, which maintains the Massachusetts Statistical Analysis Center.

Massachusetts State Police

The Massachusetts State Police serves as the statewide law enforcement agency and maintains investigative, tactical, and support units throughout the Commonwealth. As the principle statewide law enforcement agency in the Commonwealth, the Massachusetts State Police, in partnership with local communities, provides public safety by delivering quality policing directed at achieving safer roadways, reducing crime through investigations, education and patrol services, by providing leadership and resources during natural disasters, civil disorders and critical incidents. ​

Massachusetts State Police Crime Lab

The Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory provides forensic services for the criminal justice system, including responding to crime scenes, performing laboratory testing, and providing expert testimony.

Department of Correction

The Department of Correction promotes public safety by overseeing the state prison system, and managing inmates at 15 institution across the state. They provide custody, care and programming for those under their supervision to prepare them for a safe and successful reentry in the community.

Department of Fire Services

The mission of the Department of Fire Services is to provide the people of Massachusetts with the ability to create safer communities and support the fire service community in the protection of life and property, to promote and enhance firefighter safety, and leadership presence in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. This is accomplished through coordinated training, education, prevention, investigation, advocacy, and emergency response.​

Department of Criminal Justice Information Services

The Department of Criminal Justice Information Services manages and administers the Commonwealth’s law enforcement information and criminal records systems, the Firearms Records Bureau, and the post-conviction victim notification program.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency ensures the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters.

Massachusetts Parole Board

The Massachusetts Parole Board is an agency within the Executive Office of Public Safety & Security authorized to grant paroles, supervise parolees in the community and make recommendations to the Governor regarding pardons and commutations.​

Sex Offender Registry Board

The mission of the Sex Offender Registry Board is to promote public safety through educating and informing the public in order to prevent further victimization. This is accomplished through registering and classifying convicted sex offenders by risk of re-offense and degree of danger and disseminating the identifying information of those offenders who live, work and/or attend institutions of higher learning in the communities of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts​.

Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner provides a comprehensive system of medicolegal investigative services for the Commonwealth​. The office has four facilities (Boston, Westfield, Worcester, Cape Cod).

State 911 Department

The State 911 Department oversees and maintains the statewide 9-1-1 system for emergency services.

Municipal Police Training Committee

The Municipal Police Training Committee is responsible for the development, delivery, and enforcement of training standards for municipal, MBTA, environmental, UMass, campus police officers, and deputy sheriffs performing police duties and function.

Massachusetts National Guard

The Massachusetts National Guard is an operational reserve of the United States Army and Air Force that provides ready, relevant, and reliable troops and equipment to respond to natural disasters or other civil emergencies when activated by the Governor. The Guard also supports the federal military mission when activated to duty by the President of the United States.

Please note:

  • Students enrolled in the internship program will be screened for a CORI background check.

  • Students enrolled in the internship program will need to provide vaccine documentation per Executive Order #595. Executive Order #595 requires all Executive Department employees to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or to have been approved for exemption as a condition of employment. Finalists will be given details about how to demonstrate receipt of vaccination or request an exemption due to a sincerely held religious belief or if the vaccine is medically contraindicated.

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