Sheriff's intern 

The Sheriff’s Office offers an unpaid intern program designed to provide college students with insight into the Virginia Criminal Justice System through observation and limited practical application. Interns observe and participate in every facet of police work including patrol, investigation, records, communications, corrections, court security, civil process, administration and support functions. In addition, the students will be exposed to other elements of the criminal justice system such as probation and parole, court proceedings, juvenile and domestic relations activities.

The law enforcement student internship program is designed to provide students at least 18 years old with first-hand experience in the law enforcement field, and exposure to the criminal justice system.
  • Students from colleges or universities can request participation at any time.
  • Student internships are designed to satisfy the needs and requirements of the college/university and the student.
  • Only one intern accepted per semester.
  • Participation is based upon mutual agreement between the participant and the Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff has full discretion and authority to accept or reject any application for participation in the program.
  • A check of local, state and national criminal histories and background investigation will be conducted of each program participant prior to acceptance into the program. Negative information contained in these records may be grounds for denial of the application. Grounds for application denial include, but are not limited to:
    • Criminal conviction
    • Association with known criminals
    • Gang membership, participation or association
    • Participation in other criminal misconduct known to this agency
    • Any criminal or other act that would tend to discredit, bring disrepute upon, or otherwise reflect unfavorably upon the Sheriff’s Office will constitute grounds for dismissal from the program. This includes any acts committed prior to admission into the program or acts committed during participation in the program.
Please submit completed applications to Investigator Doug Adkins,

  • July 1 for fall semester
  • Nov. 1 for spring semester
  • March 1 for summer semester applicants
Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended must be submitted by the application deadline. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial application, but official copies will be required for selected applicants.

Resumes may be submitted in addition to the application and are encouraged, but will not take the place of the application.

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Sheriff's Office
1 E. Main Street
Christiansburg, VA 24073
Phone: (540) 382-6915
Fax: (540) 391-4408
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24 hours every day