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College Internship Program

The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office offers an exciting college internship program for students who have a strong interest in law enforcement and/or are currently enrolled in criminal justice courses. This unique program is designed to give college students hands on experience with all of the different units our agency has to offer, including popular visits with the Marine Bureau, Firearms, and K9 units. The interns also witness how outside agencies work hand in hand with one another as they visit units run by the Suffolk County Police Department, the Office of the Medical Examiner, and the Suffolk County Legislature. Interns visit both correctional facilities, the firearms range, the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course, the Suffolk County Crime Lab, the Warrant Squad, and the Domestic Violence Bureau. These visits allow students to work alongside officers in each area to give them knowledge, experience, and help them to make informed choices about a career in law enforcement.​ 


The Internship Program runs during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Spring and fall semesters run for 16 weeks and the summer semester runs for 13 weeks. Call 631-852-5611 for more information or send an email to

Typically included in the internship program:

  • The Community Relations Unit offers students an overview of what the Sheriff’s Office does, how a law enforcement agency helps the county’s residents, and the various ways the Sheriff's office offers support and assistance to Suffolk County residents with a variety of community programs.

  • An informative visit to District Court & Unified Courts provides the students with a working knowledge of the processing of inmates at the district court level and how all the courts work together.

  • Exciting visits to the correctional facilities allow interns to tour the Riverhead and Yaphank facilities to get an understanding of the Correction Officers’ responsibilities and duties and to have an understanding of how the Suffolk County Correctional Facilities operate.

  • All aboard! A ride along with the Marine Bureau provides the students with the knowledge, duties and responsibilities of the SCSO Marine Unit, patrolling Suffolk County's many bodies of water.

  • Interns visit the Firearms Bureau for an opportunity to "take aim" with our staff. This visit provides the students with the knowledge of training SCSO officers and other law enforcement agencies including preparation of training schedules and monitoring firearms records.

  • Did you know the Sheriff's Office is the only agency authorized to perform evictions? The Civil Bureau shows the students the “Civil Laws” and how the Sheriff’s Office serves the court orders.

  • A visit to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Domestic Violence Unit provides our interns with information and first-hand experience on how important community assistance is to a law enforcement agency.

  • Go for a ride! All interns have the opportunity to "ride along" with our Deputy Sheriff's as the conduct they enforce vehicle and traffic laws. These experiences enable interns to gain knowledge of patrol procedures and enforcement of traffic laws.

  • Finally, the Personnel Investigation Bureau has a very important role in the internship, as every intern will learn exactly what procedures are followed to hire law enforcement or professional personnel. This information and advice is invaluable to any future law enforcement candidate.



Fall Session
Application Dates: July 15 - August 15
Starts: Labor Day Week (16 weeks)

Spring Session
Application Dates: November 15 - December 15
Starts: Third Week of January (16 weeks)

Summer Session
Application Dates: April 15 - May 15
Starts: the Wednesday after Memorial Day (13 weeks)

How to Apply

Applications to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Office Internship Program will only be accepted during the application dates listed above. Once the open period for the respective session arrives, applicants will need to submit the below application to be considered.

Items required:

Email the following to

A current resume

A narrative essay no more than two single or double-spaced pages in length that sets forth, at a minimum, the following:

Why you are interested in the SCSO Internship Program​

Your motivation and career goals

The source of your inspiration for your motivation and career goals

The skills that you would bring to SCSO if you were selected as an intern

Please note: Failure to provide one or more of the documents listed above before the application deadline will result in lost consideration for the program. The email address to send the information to is

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