This page provides information on some of the internship programs currently available in Fairfax County. Agencies with internships include:
- Planning and Zoning
- Park Authority
- Office of Emergency Management
- Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
- Office of the Fairfax County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors
- Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDRDC)
- Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB)
- Police Department
- Family Services
- Office of the Sheriff
Heritage Resources Intern (Planning Tech I)
Salary: $18.65/hour, 30 hours per week
Required education and experience:
- Graduate degree (or current graduate student) in historic preservation or related field
- Architectural history (vernacular is a plus)
- Reconnaissance level architectural field survey (familiarity with modernism is a plus)
- Familiarity with historic site registers (National Register, state and local)
- Primary and secondary source research
Work Description: The primary assignment will be documenting historic properties through reconnaissance level architectural field survey in support of Fairfax County planning activities. There will be opportunities to conduct research on identified historic properties, and to help reconcile the county’s local historic sites list with state records. Additional GIS project possible. The intern will work under the direction of heritage resources staff.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to Leanna
Leanna.O’Donnell@fairfaxcounty.gov or by mail to:
Department of Planning & Zoning
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 730
Fairfax, VA 22035
The Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) offers unpaid internships each semester. The emergency management internship program provides an opportunity for students or recent graduates to explore career options, apply academic knowledge and skills to the workplace, gain career skills, build resumes and network with emergency management professionals throughout the National Capital Region. Visit the OEM Internship Program website to learn more and/or submit an application.
The ADR Office offers unpaid internships to undergraduate and graduate students seeking a degree in Conflict Resolution & Analysis requiring the completion of internship credits to satisfy course credit requirements. Please contact the ADR Coordinator at 703-324-3348 or email Christiane.Eichmann@fairfaxcounty for additional information.
The Office accepts applications for unpaid interns year-round. Chairman Sharon Bulova is looking for college-level student interns interested in government and politics. Interns will attain first-hand work experience in local government in Virginia's largest jurisdiction. For details about the program and how to apply, please visit their Internship Opportunities webpage.
Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court (JDRDC) Internships
The JDRDC has a Volunteer and Internship Program. Applicants for volunteer and intern positions must be at least 21 years of age unless otherwise stated, and experience working with juveniles is preferred for relevant positions. Visit JDRDC's Volunteer and Internship Program page for more information.
The Fairfax County Public Library is often able to provide practicum opportunities for students pursuing their Master In Library Science (MLS) degree. If you are interested in an internship at a library branch, contact any library branch and ask to speak with the branch manager.
Be prepared to discuss your schedule including start and end dates, how many hours per week you would like to work and what your area of interest is (Youth Services, Information Services, etc.). Practicum students are not paid and there is no guarantee of future employment.
VIVA! – Valued Interns, Volunteers & Advocates
The CSB offers volunteer and student training opportunities that can make a world of difference to people in our community. We provide vital services for people of all ages with mental illness, substance use disorders, intellectual disabilities, and for young children with developmental delays. We also offer outreach and training to increase public knowledge and awareness. As a volunteer or intern with the CSB, you are a valued team member, helping to expand and enhance our services. You may be providing direct service or administrative support, or helping with special projects.
For more information, please visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/csb/viva.
For volunteer or internship opportunities, contact Cynthia Miller, LPC, ACS, Manager, VIVA Program, 703-799-2847, TTY 711.
The Police Department offers unpaid internships with priority given to placements for undergraduate students enrolled in college and university programs requiring the completion of an internship to satisfy course credit requirements. Students must contact the Personnel Resources Division at Fcpdprd@fairfaxcounty.gov at least 90 days prior to the start of the academic semester in which the internship is desired to begin. Visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police/jobs/internships.htm to read about the internship program and the background investigation required prior to possible internship selection. An investigator will reply to emails with application and internship policy related materials sent as attachment files.
The only graduate internship program is in the Victim Services Section. These internships are for individuals who are pursuing a master's degree in psychology or a master's of social work (MSW) degree, and the internship must be a requirement. Prior to the background process the intern applicant must be interviewed by the Director of Victim Services Section. Contact the Personnel Resources Division at Fcpdprd@fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Department of Family Services has opportunities for unpaid internships primarily for those seeking master’s degrees in social work. Some internships for bachelor’s in social worker (BSW) students and other human services related majors are available on occasion. Email your resume and the completed Internship Application Form to Diana Cottrill at Diana.Cottrill@fairfaxcounty.gov.
The Sheriff’s Office offers a competitive unpaid internship program for students majoring in criminal justice or public administration. Applicants must be a second, third or fourth year student (or in a graduate program), receiving 3-9 credits hours for the class related to the internship. Interns will learn about the law enforcement and correctional functions and responsibilities of the Sheriff’s Office. For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/sheriff/jobs/collegestudentinternship.htm.
It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.