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Criminal Justice Internship Opportunity

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office offers a Criminal Justice Internship all year round, during Fall, Winter/Spring and Summer semesters.

Our CJ Internship Program is targeted to students in law enforcement related fields of study who are considering a career in law enforcement.

The goal of the CJ Internship Program is to allow interns the opportunity to see, first-hand, what it takes to be a Dane County Deputy, the duties that we perform and how we interact with other criminal justice/public safety organizations.

Interns will be assigned to as many different areas of our agency as possible and on all shifts: Jail, Patrol, Investigative Services Bureau, Community Deputy, Court Services, Civil Process, Civil Executions, Jail Diversion and more! Most interns are also able to experience and participate with our many special teams: Tactical Response Team, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Hostage Negotiations Team and K-9 Unit, to name a few.

Opportunities my also exist for interns to assist with or attend training and experience our collaboration with other agencies: Dispatch, Juvenile Reception Center, Medical Examiner’s Office, etc.

This is an unpaid internship.

Would You Be A Good Fit?

We are looking for students who are self-motivated, can work independently and with others, are able to take direction, think outside the box, are consistent, have a positive attitude and enjoy helping others. Criminal Justice interns may interact one-on-one and/or with large groups of inmates. You may also have a lot of contact and interaction with members of the public and other Sheriff’s Office staff.

What Are The Requirements?

  • Students must currently be enrolled at a university/college studying Criminal Justice or another related field.
  • We are seeking students who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.
  • Students must be earning college credits through their school internship program.
  • Students must have reliable transportation to locations throughout Dane County.
  • Students must submit a completed Internship Application along with a sample of writing.
  • Hours: All shifts and all days of the week, but dependent on the intern’s school/work schedule.

Selection Process:

  • Submit a completed Internship Application (click here to download)
    • Also, submit a sample of writing if applying for a Criminal Justice Internship.  The writing sample can be an essay or short term paper you have previously completed for a class, or something similar.  It does not have to be something specifically written for your application.  The writing sample is in ADDITION to the Qualifications Statement on Page 9 of the application.
  • Interview
  • Background Investigation


If you have additional questions or concerns about the internship opportunities at the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, please contact the Internship Coordinator, Lt. Alecia Rauch at (608) 284-6166 or