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Internships provide excellent resume material, give students real world work experience, help students define their career goals, enable networking opportunities, and provide the potential to serve as a gateway for employment at the host agency/organization.

Course Credit for Internships

Internships may be undertaken for course credit (CRJU 494 for undergraduates, CRJU 794 for graduates). Successful completion of the internship and assignments will result in three credit hours. Students work in criminal justice agencies/organizations or law–related entities under faculty supervision for 160 hours during the semester. 

For more information about internships, please contact Professor Leslie G. Wiser, Jr. at


Internship Opportunity Examples

There are many opportunities for students in the greater Columbia region, but the following is a selection of organizations with internship programs that may interest Criminal Justice students.

Columbia Police Department

The Columbia Police Department provides opportunities for interns to learn about local policing through assignments that include patrol, specialized units, administrative support, training, and crime analysis.  Applicants must pass a background check and interview.

Richland County Sheriff’s Department

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department provides opportunities for interns to learn about community-oriented policing, gang investigations, forensic examination, and other local crime problems through a variety of assignments.  Applicants must pass a background check and interview.

South Carolina Attorney General’s Office

The Attorney General is the Chief Criminal prosecutor and Chief Legal Officer for the state of South Carolina.  The office represents the State of South Carolina in prosecuting criminal cases and oversees the activities of the State Grand Jury, including the prosecution of multi-jurisdictional drug traffickers and public corruption.  Interns can gain insight and experience in the areas of domestic violence, death penalty cases, internet crimes, and other offenses.  In addition, the SC Attorney general’s Office assists crime victims and sponsors a youth mentor program.  Applicants must apply directly and pass a background check and interview.

South Carolina Department of Corrections

The Department of Corrections has opportunities for interns in areas that include inmate grievances, the training academy, state classification, visitation, and the General Counsel’s Office.  Candidates must pass a background check and interview.

Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands

Sexual Trauma Services (STS) of the Midlands is a private, non-profit, 501 c (3) organization that first began serving victims of sexual assault in 1983 as the Rape Crisis Network.  STS is one of 16 rape crisis centers in South Carolina, and its mission is to provide services to sexual trauma survivors and education to the public about sexual trauma issues.

South Carolina Victims Assistance Network

The South Carolina Victims Assistance Network (SCVAN) advocates for all crime victims and those who serve them to ensure they have the help and resources they need.  They help connect victims with law enforcement and government services, victim legal assistance, medical services, and other support services.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) provides investigative, forensic, and analytical services for major or statewide crimes, as well as support to local law enforcement agencies.  Candidates must pass a background check and interview.  Candidates must apply directly.

South Carolina Highway Patrol

The South Carolina Highway Patrol enforces traffic and DUI laws, conducts drug trafficking interdiction functions, investigates motor vehicle accidents and homicide by vehicle matters, and educates the public to reduce traffic and pedestrian fatalities and injuries.  Applicants must pass a background check and interview.

Alpha Phi Sigma Internship/Career Fair

Each spring, Alpha Phi Sigma (the Criminal Justice Honor Society) and the department's Internship Program host an internship/career fair dedicated to criminology majors and minors. Various state, local, and federal agencies, as well as non-profits, focused in the areas of law enforcement, courts, and corrections are represented.

This 2017 fair was a great success! Thank you to all the participants and students for attending. We are already looking forward to next year!


2017 Attendees

Federal Agencies
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • US Secret Service
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons 
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol
State Agencies
  • South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED)
  • South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Officers Association/South Carolina Police Chiefs Association
  • South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon
  • South Carolina Highway Patrol
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
City & County Agencies
  • West Columbia Police Department
  • Lexington Police Department
  • Columbia Police Department
  • Gwinnett County (GA) Police Department
  • Fort Jackson Police Department
  • Beaufort County Sheriff's Office
  • Chester County Sheriff's Office
  • Greenville County Sheriff's Office
  • Lexington County Sheriff's Office
  • Richland County Sheriff's Office
  • Lancaster County Sheriff's Office
  • Fairfield County Sheriff's Office
  • Charleston County Sheriff's Office
  • Richland County Coroner's Office
  • Richland County Probate Court
  • Lexington County Courts
  • 11th Circuit Solicitor's Office (Lexington County)
  • 5th Circuit Solicitor's Office (Richland County)
  • Laurens County Detention Center
  • Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center
  • 11th Circuit Juvenile Arbitration
  • Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
Campus & Local Agencies
  • Justice 360
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety