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

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

For more information about our Internship Program, please contact Sergeant Josef Robinson by email or phone: 803-576-3063.

What are current interns saying about our program?

Internship Program Collage