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

Our Fall 2020 Program starts in September - fill out your application and biographical information now!

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 others saying about our program?

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.

~ Ashanti Boatwright


"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."

~ Shalyn Gass

"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."

~ Jennie Allen, USC Upstate ‘22, Vice President, Upstate Historical Society