The Student Intern Program provides unpaid academic study-related work assignments that allows students to explore career options in Law Enforcement &/or Detention in addition to developing personal and professional skills. Working in either the Department of Patrol Services or Department of Detention Services, this assignment can prepare students for a career with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The program offers many advantages including career exploration early in a student's academic studies. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office interns are exposed to new and emerging occupations, technologies, and academic credit. This work experience may be considered relevant if the student later applies for a permanent position.
Slots are limited per semester; the deadline to submit an application for the spring semester is November 30th, summer semester is March 30th, and fall semester is June 30th. Prior to the start of the internship, an in-person orientation session will be held to discuss assignment locations and policy & procedures.
Students may be accepted to the internship program, based upon a satisfactory completion of the background investigation.
Students are expected to intern for the required semester credit hours per your school.
Most assignments are ride-a-longs with deputies in one of the five districts within Hillsborough county. Other internship opportunities can include shadowing a deputy in the Detention facility, observing dispatchers in the Communications Center, and the Behavioral Resouces Unit.
If you have questions on eligibility or availabillity, please email Elizabeth Cartagena, Internship Coordinator at:
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
Recruitment and Screening Section
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.