Police And Rutgers University Offer Internship
West Trenton - Attorney
General Peter Harvey and State Police Superintendent Joseph
R. Fuentes today welcomed five Rutgers University-Newark students
into an internship program designed to further State Police
recruiting efforts through academics. The ceremony was held
at the State Police Museum and Learning Center, located at
Division Headquarters on River Road.
The program, known as the New
Jersey State Police Scholars Program, is a scholarship program
between the State Police and Rutgers University-Newark. The
program is designed to recruit qualified college students
into a law enforcement career. Under the Scholars Program,
students work a paid internship under the supervision of the
State Police while completing their degree.
Doctor Michael Maxfield, a
Professor at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice-Newark,
developed the program in June 2001. Dr. Maxfield also developed
and conducts a "State Police Pro" seminar, which all Scholar
applicants are required to take.
"This represents a unique partnership
between the State Police and Rutgers University-Newark," said
Attorney General Peter Harvey. "We are committed to continuing
this initiative in 2004 and into the future."
The Scholars are recruited
from campus "career days" and publications within the Career
Development Office at Rutgers University-Newark. A maximum
of 10 Scholars are chosen each year to be Scholars. Scholars
are then assigned to a paid internship at a State Police facility,
under the supervision of a member of the State Police, who
serves as a mentor to assist them in their internship. Scholars
may work up to a maximum of 940 paid hours per year. In addition
to the internship, Scholars will be paid a yearly stipend
towards their tuition of $5000.00. Scholars are required to
sign a commitment form in which they agree to serve as a State
Trooper for as many years as they were in the Scholars Program.
"I want to identify the best
qualified individuals and encourage them to serve with us
in the State Police," said State Police Superintendent Joseph
R. Fuentes. "This program offers those selected a great opportunity
to become a New Jersey State Trooper."
The five Scholars who entered
the program today are:
Union City, Union Co.
Butler, Passaic Co.
Newton, Sussex Co.
Jersey City, Hudson Co.
Marlton, Burlington Co.
To become a scholar,
applicants must be a full time Rutgers University-Newark student,
and possess a sincere desire to pursue a career with the State
Police. Currently, only students from this institution are
eligible to become Scholars. Students must be entering their
2nd, 3rd, or 4th year of study, and may be enrolled in any
major or area of concentration. Students who are enrolled
in the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice Accelerated Masters
program are eligible to apply. Upon completion of the Scholars
Program, students are required to meet all eligibility requirements,
including successful graduation from the State Police Academy.
To get information on the New
Jersey State Police Scholars Program, contact the recruiting
office toll free at 1-877-NJSP-877, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other recruiting information can also be found at the New
Jersey State Police website, www.njsp.org.
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