Internship Program

Internships are an extremely valuable opportunity for students, colleges and the Sheriff’s Department.

My passion is to help our future leaders be successful in the classroom and in their careers.

As an intern, you will be given the opportunity to go to different areas within the department and see how we operate in making Richland County a better place to live and work.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to having you intern with us.


Sheriff Leon Lott

Sheriff Lott

Fill out your application and biographical information form now for our Summer/Fall Program which begins August 17, 2021.  **Space is limited, so send in your paperwork in early - paperwork deadline is August 3, 2021.**

A. Application process:
1. Cover letter – personal statement on why you have chosen RCSD
2. Fill out application
3. Submit copies of the following documents:
— Copy of your unofficial transcripts
— Copy of birth certificate
— Copy of driver’s license or school ID
— Copy of high school diploma or GED certificate
4. Copy of Social Security Card
5. Being fingerprinted
6. Having a background check done
7. A polygraph test
If you are seeking to gain academic credit for your college or university, submit course requirements and number of hours you must complete.

B. Interns are required to participate in all areas of the program and complete an exit questionnaire prior to receiving your final timesheet/ completion paperwork for your class.

C. Areas within the department interns will rotate through include but are not limited to:
1. Training division
— Physical fitness
— Ground defense
— Firearms
2. Victim services
3. Gang unit
4. Criminal investigations
5. Patrol regions
6. Community Action Team
7. Lab
8. SRT/ K9

What are current interns saying about our program?

"I have enjoyed the internship so far. Everyone has been so welcoming and given us a lot of great information, resources, and advice. It’s been a great opportunity for networking and learning about what the department offers."

"What I like about the Richland County Sheriff's Department’s internship program is how you get to see all sides of what makes up an amazing police department, I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to go into law enforcement. Getting a close up look and doing some of the training made me appreciate the department even more than I did. It also gave me some interest in fields other than the fields I originally had been interested in."

"What I like about the internship is that it is very hands on and you get a good understanding of what it takes to be not just a cop but what it takes to have heart and soul to work in different parts of the Richland County Sheriff‘s Department."

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department Internship program gives its interns an in-depth and extensive overview of local law enforcement. This internship program covers a multitude of police departments from forensics, SWAT, aviation, K-9 unit, to many more. As an intern, you learn the internal and external structures of police work. The experience and knowledge that an intern gains from this program is immeasurable. I highly recommend this internship program to anyone interested in law enforcement and would like to further their understanding of police work.

The experience I've had with the Richland County Sheriffs Department has enriched my understanding of local law enforcement and solidified my interest in pursuing it after graduation. After many one-on-one conversations with deputies across the department who shared their experiences and advice, I quickly learned that while these deputies uphold the highest standards of professionalism while on the clock, at the end of the day they are happy to kick back and share stories and laughs. I would recommend this program to anyone with any interest in law enforcement; whether you are interested in a career or simply want a behind-the-scenes glance at what these brave men and women do, this program is for you. Entering into my final semester of college, I can study confidently knowing that I have an outstanding department to apply for just down the road.

"I have enjoyed the internship so far. Everyone has been so welcoming and given us a lot of great information, resources, and advice. It’s been a great opportunity for networking and learning about what the department offers."

"For the past few weeks I have been learning about each department of the Richland County Sheriff Department, and I have been enjoying every moment through my internship. Everyone that has spoken to us enjoys what they do and their main purpose is to help people as much as possible. It has been so thrilling to interact with the forensic professionals as they explain their careers and how they are always learning on the job. While I was listening to some of forensic analysts talk about the procedures they use in the lab I couldn’t help but feel motivated, because these are some of the same things I’ve been learning in class. It’s also been inspiring to see women in charge, and to just be so passionate about what they do. Lastly, I want to say that this program wouldn’t be possible without the professional guidance of Deputy Josef Robinson and the personal guidance from Sergeant Micheal Brady Nimmons."

Internship Program Collage