Summer Intern Chronicles: Ben Berkowitz from American University

Community Service Officer with Orleans Police Department
Ben Berkowitz is working this summer as a Community Service Officer at the Orleans Police Department (OPD photo)

This is part of a continuing series of "Summer Intern Chronicles" that Cape Cod Today will publish throughout the season.  Many local college students undertake internship experiences during summer break.  These internships can truly form a young person as a professional in their chosen career path.  For many, the internship is their first work experience in the career they hope to pursue.  These internship stories are intended to give the students an opportunity to share their experiences, showcase the work of their sponsoring organization and put in a plug for their college.  The stories are written in the students' own words and published verbatim as submitted.  

If your Cape & Islands or Plymouth organization hosts summer interns and you'd like them to participate, please email [email protected] and we will send you the project guidelines.

Ben Berkowitz from American University

My name is Ben Berkowitz from Canton, MA. I am going into my junior year at American University in Washington D.C., I am majoring in Justice, Law and Criminology.

I currently work for the Orleans Police Department as a Community Service Officer (CSO). This is my second summer with the department as a CSO. Some of the duties of a CSO include patrolling the bike trail, interacting with community members and tourists, giving directions, issuing parking violations, assisting with traffic during the busy summer months and assisting the sector cars with various calls for service. In Orleans there are three CSOs, two of us are on everyday and all three of us work on Saturdays.

The job of a CSO is very complex you are dealing with a wide variety of people who are usually in need of some kind of help. I enjoy the fact that I’m challenged to find good solutions to unique problems every day.

Being able to work directly in the field that I aspire to be in when I graduate has awarded me experiences that I could not have learned in the classroom. Having worked for the Orleans police department for the last two summers when I go back to school I have a unique perspective. Oftentimes the people teaching the class do not have any experience at actually doing the job. Things that look good in the classroom do not always transfer to the field. The entire department is extremely helpful in mentoring us. The officers are always willing to show us firsthand how to perform various tasks. The entire department has taken us under their guidance and for that I am very grateful.

I have been coming to Orleans since I was born and live in our families summer house in town

If there were to be a police officer position in Orleans I would apply and would love to call Orleans home. After working for the department and seeing all that it has to offer I believe that it would be a great place to have a career.

One fun fact is that at the end of August I am leaving to study abroad in Rome for three and a half months. While in Rome I hope to take advantage of its geographical location and travel to other countries throughout Europe.

I would tell a college student who is looking for an internship/summer job to start applying in the winter, build their resume and to apply for everything that is of interest. Summer jobs down the Cape especially Community Service Officer jobs are very competitive and hard to come by. It is important to research which towns have openings and the application process.


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