Walton County Sheriff's Office partners with CareerSource in internship program

Active-duty military members are asked to check their eligibility by contacting their Education Center. (MGN)

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Walton County's Sheriff's Office is teaming up with CareerSource Okaloosa/Walton to create a DoD SkillBridge internship program.

The program provides military personnel an opportunity to join the Walton County Sheriff’s Office team.

Officials say the program "allows active-duty service members who are within 180 days of separation to accept internships with a company in their desired industry and/or career field."

They also say the interns will observe and learn in all of the Sheriff's Office's divisions. Active-duty military members are asked to check their eligibility by contacting their Education Center.

Sheriff's officials list the following rules in order to participate in the program:

1) Determine eligibility by contacting your Education Center and obtaining information on the DoD SkillBridge - Mandatory counseling/briefing and a copy of the Vetting Checklist.
2) ​Explore internship opportunities by completing the CareerSource Okaloosa Walton Intake Form and looking at the current internship opportunities.
3) Secure approval from your commander once Vetting Checklist has been completed and signed by provider.
4) Begin Training!

If you're interested contact:
CareerSource DoD SkillBridge Internship Contact:
Hurlburt Field 850-833-7587 x 2133
Eglin AFB and 7th Security Forces Group 850-833-7587 x 2110

Officials say CareerSource Okaloosa/Walton staff are providing virtual services during the pandemic. They also say the opportunity does not guarantee employment, but rather a transition for military members to similar career paths.

According to officials, "Those that complete the internship and are considered for employment are required to go through the hiring process."

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