Richmond County Sheriff’s Office
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office offers unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in public safety, such as law enforcement, detention, community services and administration. Our internship program allows students to get quality hands-on experience while also providing an opportunity to explore a career with the agency.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Internship Program is available throughout the year in conjunction with academic semesters: spring (January – April), summer (May – August), and fall (September – December). It is recommended that students submit the application 10-12 weeks prior to the semester they wish to begin the internship to allow for ample time to complete the selection process.
This policy establishes the organizational structure of the Student Internship Program.
This policy applies to all personnel of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office who deal in the selection and supervision of the Internship Program.
Community Services Division will oversee the Internship Program.
Student applicants will only be accepted in the Internship Program if they meet the following criteria:
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will accept internship applications from in state and out of state college and university students. A letter of introduction and approval must be obtained from the school being attended by the applicant. The letter should specify the following:
Applicants for the Student Internship Program will be processed as follows:
Once the student has successfully completed the review process, a suitable assignment will be made for the intern. Any Division within the Agency may request an internship; however the division with the greatest need and the goals of the student will be determining factors as to where the intern is placed.
The division receiving the intern will be responsible for the intern’s duties while completing the internship. Supervisors responsible for the intern should utilize the intern in the most beneficial way possible, and supplement their academic assignment with police type functions that would round out their internship.
The intern’s immediate supervisor is responsible for completing any of the school correspondence pertaining to the intern’s performance. The supervisor should monitor the intern’s attendance, skills and abilities, and make overall assessments of the student’s progress so that any school evaluations can be completed.
The intern will be held to the standards of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, and any disciplinary issues will be directed to the Chief Deputy, and may be grounds for immediate expulsion from the program.
At the end of the internship period, notice that the student successfully completed the internship should be forwarded to the Community Services Division by the intern’s assigned supervisor so that it can be included in the intern’s file.
A personnel file of all applicants who apply for, and complete an internship with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office will be maintained in the Community Services Division.