Internship Opportunities

Sheriff Intern

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office offers a limited number of unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in a potential career in the Criminal Justice field.  Our internship program allows students to get quality hands-on experience while also providing an opportunity to explore a career with a Law Enforcement agency.

Internships may be available in the following areas:

  • Agency Administration
  • Public Information/Affairs
  • Court House/Judicial
  • General Law Enforcement

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office has a limited number of internships available throughout the year in conjunction with academic semesters and summer breaks.  Students requesting an internship should submit a request to the Internship Coordinator, shelley.ward@yorkcounty.gov, 10 to 12 weeks prior to when they wish to begin the internship.  Upon receipt of a request for Internship the prospective intern will be provided the following:

Student applicants will only be accepted in the Internship Program if they meet and submit the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen at least 18 years of age
  • An In-State (Virginia) College or University Student, or
  • Out of State College or University student who is otherwise a Virginia resident
  • Must be in good academic standing with their college or university
  • Must be enrolled in school during the time the student plans to intern
  • Must receive academic credit for internship hours
  • A York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Internship Application
  • An Authorization for release of information form which must be notarized
  • Must provide a resume
  • Must provide a copy of valid current Student ID.
  • Must provide a list of specific requirements that must be met for academic credit if any
  • Must have an endorsement letter from their college or university that states the following:
  • Major course of study
  • Anticipated graduation date (month and year)
  • Number of hours needed to complete the internship

Upon receipt of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Internship Application, resume, verification of student ID, release of information authorization and letter of endorsement, applicants for the Student Internship Program will be processed as follows:

  • Review of submitted paperwork
  • Interview with Internship coordinator and/or the Division Commander or Judge where the internship is being sought.
  • Background Investigation which will include a Criminal History check.
  • Conviction of any Felony crimes or misdemeanor crimes involving lying, cheating or stealing or failure to reveal any criminal conviction will automatically disqualify an applicant from the internship program.

Upon being accepted into the Internship program, all Interns must sign a York- Poquoson Sheriff’s Office Confidentiality Agreement.

Once the student has successfully completed the review process, if accepted, a suitable assignment will be made for the intern.  The intern will be held to the standards of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures.

Interns will be performing a variety of functions, including but not limited to updating databases, reviewing policy and procedures for the Sheriff’s Office, various administrative or clerical functions and must have the ability to independently take an assigned project from conception to completion. 

An internship schedule will be coordinated between the intern and the supervisor, with a commitment of at least ten (10) hours per week.  More hours may be implemented based on college or university internship program requirements.

Please complete the information, scan and send to shelley.ward@yorkcounty.gov.  You may send the documents by email or mail them to Shelley Ward, Internship Coordinator, York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, P.O. Box 99, Yorktown, VA  23690.  You may email any questions about the internship program or submission of materials to the above email address.