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Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission Investigative Internship

The State Ethics Commission was created to strengthen the faith and confidence of the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in their government. Public office is a public trust and any effort to realize a personal financial gain through the use of one’s public office is a violation of the public trust. The State Ethics Commission, an independent Commonwealth agency, is vested with the overall responsibility of administering and enforcing provisions of the Ethics Act. This includes conducting investigations of the restricted activities section of the Ethics Act and enforcing provisions of the Statement of Financial Interests filing requirements.

The State Ethics Commission seeks qualified college students to serve as investigative interns in the Investigative Division to assist with Statement of Financial Interests compliance reviews and conducting investigations of the felony provisions of the Ethics Act. The State Ethics Commission has both paid and unpaid internships, which last for the duration of the student’s semester. Typically, interns will be required to work between 20 and 30 hours per week. There is a requirement for occasional day trips throughout the Commonwealth. Office attire is business professional except when dress-down days are authorized. Internships are available during fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Investigative Intern Program Expectations

Individuals selected to serve as interns in the Commission’s Investigative Division must meet similar expectations as the Commission’s investigative staff. Interns will be working with seasoned investigators with the expectation that they will dress and act professionally. Investigative interns will have access to sensitive, confidential information and must complete a background questionnaire and undergo a background review prior to being accepted.

The Investigative Division of the State Ethics Commission is responsible for conducting Statement of Financial Interests audits, preliminary inquiries, and investigations concerning allegations of financial conflicts of interest of public officials/public employees at all levels of government in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Investigative interns will participate in all phases of preliminary and full investigations, including participating in interviews of witnesses and subjects of investigation and reviewing documents, including governmental, business and financial records related to specific inquiries. Investigative interns will be expected to prepare investigative reports of interview as well as reports of investigative activity, which include a detailed synopsis of records reviewed and the relationship of those documents to the case. Investigative interns will also be assigned Statement of Financial Interests compliance reviews and audits, which include reviewing financial documents filed with a municipality or a branch of government to ensure compliance with the Statement of Financial Interests filing provisions of the Ethics Act. Investigative interns must be able to utilize various Microsoft Office programs in the preparation of investigative reports. Investigative interns will also be required to become familiar with the restricted activities provisions of the public official/public employee Ethics Act and the Statement of Financial Interests filing requirements. Investigative interns may also conduct the initial intake of complaints received, which includes telephonic contacts with individuals filing complaints with the Investigative Division. Investigative interns will observe and participate when necessary in trials held before the Commission regarding allegations of violations of the restricted activities section of the Ethics Act and accompany investigators during meetings with other law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of Attorney General, Office of Inspector General and Pennsylvania State Police.

Positions are based primarily in the Harrisburg headquarters but may be available in the Pittsburgh office as the agency’s needs and resources permit. Interested students are encouraged to forward a letter of interest to the address indicated below.

For more information about the State Ethics Commission and the Investigative Division, please visit www.ethics.pa.gov.

Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission Finance Building
613 North Street, Room 309
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0400
Attn: Brian D. Jacisin, Esquire
Deputy Executive Director/Director of Investigations