Beginning March 2016, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Intern Program will offer college students a rewarding hands-on learning experience in all divisions within the Sheriff’s Office. Interns serve alongside experienced law enforcement staff and receive a valuable introduction to a career in law enforcement.

Sheriff’s Intern Standards

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office is committed to mentoring and developing young adults to pursue a career in law enforcement. The department has set forth the highest standards and expectations for participants in the Intern Program. We are looking for interns who demonstrate integrity, maturity, honesty, personal discipline, and sound judgement.

The Sheriff believes in excellent customer service. Interns selected to participate must be service-oriented and possess knowledge of basic office practices; business English, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation; strong communication skills and the ability to read and understand laws, rules, and Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures; and carry out instructions, analyze situations and determine appropriate responses.


Each intern will receive training in Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, as well as specific job training from experienced interns and sworn and non-sworn personnel.

Before participating in field-related activities, interns must demonstrate competency and progression in their training. Interns will learn report writing, basic evidence collection and processing, custody operations, 911 call center functions, records and civil procedures, and community relationship building.



  • High school graduate
  • 18 years of age
  • No felony convictions
  • Meet drug standards
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Willing to wear a uniform
  • Possess valid California Class A driver's license                                                        
  • Be enrolled in college with at least 9 units per semester or 6 quarter units: proof required
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better


Sheriff's interns are civilian, non-sworn, extra-hire positions who are paid an hourly wage of $15 hr. and work part-time from 16-25 hours per week, not to exceed 960 hours per Fiscal Year, depending on availability and needs of the department.                     

The Sheriff reserves the right to terminate participation in the program at any time without cause or appeal. Interns may remain in the program for up to three years.


Program Outline

Job Announcement




The selection process includes submission of the following to HR:

  • County application
  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcripts or proof of enrollment
  • Application packet screening
  • Interview
  • Background Investigation
  • Truth-verification exam (CVSA)
  • Psychological exam
  • Medical exam