Futurecop, there are some politics involved in some towns I suppose. (That's a guess, but I'm sure in some places there is.) Personally, I work as a summer officer for a large civil service town, and there was no politics involved. That said....keep trying, something will come through, just analyze...perhaps, your inteviewing techniques and work to increase your qualifications. Many people don't realize how competitive it is to get a summer officer spot on the Cape. Some departments, like mine, actually have a list!
Something will pull through...don't give up....it takes a while!