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College Internships (Unpaid)

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office grants internship opportunities to college students who are completing a curriculum focused on Criminal Justice, or Law Enforcement Administration. 

To be considered:

  • Applicants must be over 18 years of age
  • Applicants must be a student in good standing with a recognized College or University
  • The internship must be a requirement of the curiculum
  • The internship must require a minimum of 200 contact hours
  • Applicant must be able to pass a background investigation including, but not limited to; a criminal history check, and a check of references.
  • Applicant must submit to an oral interview.

The application packet must contain:

  • A completed Sheriff's Office application.  In the "position applying for" put "Internship" followed by the semester you would like to complete the internship in. Application Form
  • A letter of recommendation from your school's internship coordinator.  The letter must identify you as a student in good standing, currently enrolled in curriculum focused on Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement Administration, and must state that the internship is required for completion of the course of study.
  • A document which details your school's internship requirements.

The McHenry County Sheriff's Office typically grants four internships per semester. Internships are primarily observational in nature and provide the student with an in depth experience into the operation of the Sheriff's Office.  Interns will observe all major operational and support functions with the Sheriff's Office, and may also spend time with the Coroner's office.

For additional information regarding college internships please call 815-338-2144 and ask for the Special Services Bureau.

Paid Internships (arranged through workforce prep)

Once you have demonstrated work readiness, a paid internship can provide you with an opportunity to earn money while gaining work experience and new skills. A Youth Workforce Specialist will work with you to determine what type of work site best fits your needs and interests. Once you begin your paid internship, your Youth Workforce Specialist will remain in close contact with your work site supervisor and you to monitor your progress and help you realize your goals.

How Our Participants Benefit from Workforce Prep

"I've learned a lot. Before going to your classes, I would have never sent anybody a thank you letter after an interview. I learned how presentation is extremely important. As you can see, the way I have dressed has changed. I feel like the program has given me an edge. I am better suited for the world. When a person takes the program seriously, their chances of being successful in life are exponentially increased." - JS

"McHenry County Workforce Network has helped me to build confidence and obtain very useful work skills, such as proper behavior in a work environment. Workforce Network also is hleping me to decide on career options for the future, which is a big help for me." - JF

 "McHenry County Workforce Network has helped me to not only gain confidence in myself, but also has given me the courage to go out and find a job. My experience has helped me accomplish some things I didn't think were possible in my life. A job, confidence, more friends, courage and hope have also made me a stronger person. Workforce Network field trips, work sheets, guest speakers and staff have made my life change. I will now and forevermore remember McHenry County Workforce Network." - AG

 "What I have learned through the program is: I have more skills than I thought I had; I am able to work other other people as a team; and that I must keep striving to better myself." - IV


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