The Office of the Fairfax County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors accepts applications for unpaid interns year-round. Chairman Sharon Bulova is looking for enthusiastic, hard-working and reliable college-level student interns interested in government and politics. Interns will gain first-hand work experience in local government in Virginia's largest jurisdiction.
Interns assist staff aides with constituent service work such as drafting letters and articles, answering phone calls, issue research, social media, and other tasks as needs arise. There are many opportunities to network with other interns and employees at meetings and events. Full or part-time internships with some scheduling flexibility are available. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. For all correspondence related to this internship opportunity, please use the subject line “Internship Application."
Application Deadline for Spring Semester 2017 Internships: January 9, 2017.
Application Deadline for Summer 2017 Internships: TBD
“This internship gave me a great opportunity to learn about different functions of the county. Rather than getting an internship where I could learn about one job, this internship gave me a broad overview of a variety of jobs in the county. I now have a better sense of the career path I want to forge. This internship focuses on training and teaching interns, so you get the most out of your experience.” - Cathleen W
"I gained so much invaluable experience during my internship in Chairman Bulova’s office. The Chairman and her staff are some of the friendliest, most knowledgeable and dedicated people I have met – there was never a day I didn’t learn something new from them, and they always made me laugh. The opportunity to attend board meetings, research issues and respond to constituents of Fairfax County really gave me a detailed perspective on how important local government really is. I recommend anyone interested in government and public policy to apply for this internship!" - Ben C.
“This internship is great. The Chairman's staff genuinely try to find opportunities for interns to learn about what interests them. I recommend interning there to anyone looking to get some experience in public service.” - Samuel D.
“This internship program was a great way to get an inside look at the workings of local government. You really have the chance to see real-life policy issues in action while developing personal, technical, and professional skills. I would recommend this internship to any student interested in public policy and the intersection of governance and constituent relations.” - Joshua O.
“I’ve learned so much more about local government from this internship then I have from my government classes.” – Anastasia R.
“My favorite part of the internship was when I got to learn about a local issue in detail – either by talking to one of the staff about it, doing research on it, responding to a constituent on an issue, etc. – because I have previously had little experience with local government so I always learned a lot from even one issue.” – Rebecca E.