This page provides information on some of the internship programs currently available in Fairfax County. Agencies with internships include:
- 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)
- Park Authority (FCPA)
- Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB)
- Police Department
- Family Services
- Office of the Sheriff
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.
Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) Internships
Naturalist Internship at Huntley Meadows Park (June 1 – August 14, 2015)
This internship is designed to give interested college students and recent graduates the opportunity to work with professional park staff at a 1500-acre wetland preserve operated by Fairfax County, Virginia. It provides practical experience in a hands-on setting and gives participants the chance to develop skills needed for a career in environmental education, nature center operation, and wildlife conservation. In addition, because this internship is funded by Friends of Huntley Meadows Park, a non-profit, volunteer organization, participants will learn how volunteer groups can work in concert with government institutions
Applicants: College students or graduates (must be 18), preferably with a major in environmental education, natural sciences, or recreation, and proved ability to work well with children.
Duties: Participate in and lead nature programs and children’s day camps. Assist interpretive staff in the development of programs on the park’s natural history. Develop and implement new nature programs for a variety of age groups. Write an article for the Friends of Huntley Meadows newsletter describing the summer internship. Work with resource manager on outdoor projects. Assist with development of an exhibit or brochure. Greet visitors at the information desk, exhibit area, and on the trail. On-the-job and participate in professional training as available.
Location: Huntley Meadows Park, 3701 Lockheed Blvd. Alexandria,
Schedule: 40 hours/week. Schedule may include some weekends and evenings.
Scholarship: $2800 from the Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Kylie.Starck@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-768-2525 for more information.
Summer Fishing Internship (June – August 2015)
Join us for a fun summer working on the Potomac River. Become a Summer Camp Fishing Intern at Riverbend Park. Work with a team of highly qualified anglers and naturalists to help with Fishing Summer Camps for kids age 5-16. Learn lesson planning, outdoor skills, and outdoor classroom management.
Minimum Qualifications: Must love being outdoors and have
experience working with children. Have freshwater angling experience,
working knowledge of fishing equipment, techniques, and handling.
Physically able to hike five miles in moderate terrain and able to paddle
a kayak and canoe (no paddling experience necessary). Must be at
least 18 years old and have a high school diploma.
Preferred Qualifications: Pursing a degree in the natural or environmental sciences, parks, recreation and leisure services, education or related field. More than two years of fishing experience. Experience working with children in an outdoor camp or educational setting is preferred.
Special Requirements: Valid driver’s license. CPR/First Aid/AED certification, which may be obtained after hiring.
Schedule: Work days run approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., M-F, but may vary.
Stipend: $200/week for up to 12 weeks
To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Jordan.firstname.lastname@example.org.
FCPA Intern Opportunities – A dynamic year-round intern program, offering non-paid internships to students in virtually all majors. The Park Authority has dedicated 10 "work student" positions, but uses other available positions if necessary. Visit the Park Authority Internship web page for details.
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 work (BSW) candidates are available on occasion. Email Diana Hodgson at Diana.email@example.com.
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.
Fairfax County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veterans' status or disabled veterans' status.