The intent of the Internship Program is to offer college students, who are interested in a possible career in law enforcement, a rewarding and insightful experience by providing an educational program working in various divisions within the Charleston Police Department. The student intern will be given the opportunity to learn and observe general law enforcement methods and the procedures of the Charleston Police Department. The intern will work with experienced police officers, and other non-sworn employees to further his/her opportunities for a career as a sworn police officer.
In order to enhance the quality of people entering the law enforcement profession in general and to facilitate recruitment efforts, the Charleston Police Department will actively participate in an Internship Program for college students who are studying criminal justice related or related programs. The Chief of Police will determine the number of internships that will be authorized during the semester to limit the impact on the departmental operations.
Interns will receive no monetary payment for participation and must complete 120 hours at the Charleston Police Department accumulated over the semester. The Internship Program is designed for the intern to rotate to the various divisions and programs within the department. The schedule of the intern could change from week to week depending on the assignment. All attempts will be made to work around the intern's class schedule.
The Recruiting Sergeant for the Charleston Police Department is responsible for designing the student intern's schedule and overseeing the intern's progress throughout his/her stay with the department.
Interns must sign a Waiver of Liability and a Ride-Along form approved by the Charleston Police Department before participating in the program. Copies of the documents will be retained by the Recruiting Sergeant at the Charleston Police Department.