This page provides information on some of the internship programs currently available in Fairfax County. Agencies with internships include:
- Park Authority
- Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB)
- Police Department
- Family Services
- Office of the Sheriff
2013 Natural Resource Management 12-month apprenticeship: Designed to give recent graduates, graduate students or part-time college students the opportunity to work with experienced, knowledgeable staff in one of the largest, natural resource parks in Northern Virginia. Huntley Meadows Park consists of 1,554 acres of forest, meadow and wetlands, including the region’s largest freshwater wetland. View/print this PDF for complete details or call 703-765-8285 for more information.
2013 Natural Resource Management internship: Designed to give interested college students or recent graduates the opportunity to work with professional park staff to preserve and enhance native plant communities and wildlife habitats at a 1,554 acre wetland preserve. View/print this PDF for complete details or call 703-765-8285 for more information.
2013 Naturalist internship: 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. View/print this PDF for complete details or call 703-768-2525 for more information.
2013 Cultural Resource Management internship: Designed to give interested college students and recent graduates the opportunity to work with professional park staff at Historic Huntley, a restored federal period villa and a 1500 acre wetland preserve. The house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, was built by Thomson F. Mason, grandson of George Mason. The preserve occupies the land then used by Mason for farmland. View/print this PDF for complete details or call 703-768-2525 for more information.
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.
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 Investigator David Carter by emailing David.Carter@FairfaxCounty.gov at least 90 days prior to the start of the academic semester in which the internship is desired to begin. Please 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. Investigator Carter 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 Masters of Social Work (MSW) 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: Background Investigator Carl Taylor by emailing Carl.Taylor@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 Bob Honour at Robert.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://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.