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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 curriculum
  • 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.

Please fill out the application below. An application will require:

  • What semester you would like to complete the internship in.  
  • 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.
  • Copy of Driver’s License.

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.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office typically grants up to four internships per semester. Deadlines for submitting applications are October 31st (spring semester), February 28th (summer semester), and May 31st (fall semester).

For additional information regarding college internships, please fill out the inquiry form below. Or, please call 815-338-2144 and ask for the Special Services Division.

Internship Opportunities

Please send us any questions you have. If you'd like to apply, please visit our Intern Application page.