Internships


This page provides information on some of the internship programs currently available in Fairfax County. Agencies with internships include:


Office of the Fairfax County Chairman of the Board of Supervisors

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

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 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.

Fairfax County Public Library

MLS Students

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.

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB)

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 Kay Rankin by email or call 703-383-8420 (TTY 711).

Police Department

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.

Department of Family Services

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.honour@fairfaxcounty.gov.

Office of the Sheriff

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.


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