College Internship Program
The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office offers a college internship program for students who have a strong interest in law enforcement and/or are currently enrolled in criminal justice courses. The program is designed to give an in-depth working view of the Sheriff's Office, offering a broad spectrum of work areas which contain different aspects of law, both criminal and civil. The program runs during the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Spring and fall semesters run a 16-week program and the summer semester runs for 13-weeks. Call 631-852-2663 for more information or send us a note using the form below.
Typically included in the internship program:
The Community Relations Unit offers students an overview of how a law enforcement agency helps the county’s citizens understand the Sheriff’s Office, while at the same time offers support and assistance to Suffolk County residents with a variety of community programs.
The District Court & Unified Courts provide the students with a working knowledge of the processing of inmates at the district court and how all the courts work together.
Facility Tours allow interns to tour the Riverhead and Yaphank facilities and get an understanding of the Correction Officers’ responsibilities and duties and to have an understanding of the Suffolk County Correctional Facilities and system.
The Marine Bureau provides the students with the knowledge, duties and responsibilities of the SCSO Marine Unit.
The Firearms Bureau provides the students with the knowledge of training SCSO officers and other law enforcement agencies including preparation of training schedules and monitoring firearms records.
The Civil Bureau shows the students the “Civil Laws” and how the Sheriff’s Office links to all court orders.
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 civilian personnel.
The Domestic Violence Unit provides our intern's information and first-hand experience on how important community assistance is to a law enforcement agency.
Ride Alongs allow interns to ride along with a Deputy Sheriff to gain knowledge of patrol procedures and enforcement of traffic laws.
Application Dates: July 15 - August 15
Starts: Labor Day Week (16 weeks)
Application Dates: November 15 - December 15
Starts: Third Week of January (16 weeks)
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.
Email the following to our Community Relations Office:
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