The Fairfax County Police Department Internship Program embraces the college community while partnering through a cooperative effort and commitment to college students. Our goal is to facilitate a greater understanding of the law enforcement community. Interns will be exposed to a broader educational experience with practical and hands-on law enforcement activities. In addition, we hope to encourage each college intern to consider future employment with our agency.
Prospective undergraduate interns will be required to successfully complete a background investigation, which includes criminal records check, and background interview. Intern applicants must be in their junior or senior year of academic study. It is preferred that their major be in the field of Criminal Justice or Public Administration. Other majors are acceptable if the candidate has demonstrated a commitment to a law enforcement career and the college or university allows the internship for the studies program. Due to budgetary constraints, no salary or stipend is available.
These internships will be performed at the various Fairfax County Police Department’s Sub-Stations throughout the County. Most of the processing for the internship program will be conducted through the:
Personnel Resources Division
4100 Chain Bridge Road, 10th floor
Fairfax, VA 22030
The selection procedure applied by the Fairfax County Police Department will focus first upon background considerations to determine whether a prospective intern can be admitted to a secure work site, and be trusted to handle sensitive and confidential information both in accordance with policy and in a mature manner. The key document utilized in the selection procedure will be the abbreviated Personal History Statement (PHS), the background interview and completed investigation.
To be considered for an undergraduate Police Internship Program, you must be able to meet the following minimum standards:
- U.S. citizen or a legal resident alien.
- Eighteen (18) years of age or older.
- Third or Fourth year, undergraduate college student, receiving 3-15 credit hours.
- Criminal Justice or Public Administration major or other major if the candidate has demonstrated a commitment to a law enforcement career.
- Grade Point Average (GPS) of 2.5 or better. (College transcript required)
- A copy of the academic requirements indicating that enrollment for academic credit hours is necessary for degree completion.
- Recommendation from College/University Program Official.
- Be of good character and reputation.
- Have never committed, been involved in, or convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.
- Illegal drug use will be scrutinized with respect to type of drug, and frequency of use.
- Have the ability to perform essential job functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.
- No monetary compensation received. Hours to be provided by intern. Each intern must maintain a daily log of activities for submission.
- The college or university must be willing to accept the Fairfax County Police Department Internship Letter of Agreement in lieu of the academic institution's own liability indemnification agreement or letter.
Police Internship Program Application Process:
The internships follow the academic year (i.e. Spring, Summer and Fall semesters). The selection process ensures that only qualified candidates are selected. The following components of the police internship program selection process must be completed and passed by every applicant.
- Submit resume for review by email to FCPD PRD@fairfaxcounty.gov
- Complete & return Personal History Statement packet
- Personal Interview
- Polygraph (If recommended)
- Background Investigation
Anyone interested in applying for an under graduate internship with the agency should email his/her resume to FCPDPRD@fairfaxcounty.gov attention: Undergraduate Internship Program, a minimum of 90 days prior to the start of the academic semester. Someone from the Personnel Resources Division will reply to your email and the Personal History Statement packet will be sent if you meet the minimum requirements.
The only graduate internship program available is in the Victim Services Section. These internships are for individuals who are pursuing a Masters Degree in Psychology or a Masters of Social Work and the internship must be a requirement. Prior to the background process, the intern must be interviewed by the Director of the Victim Services Section.
Anyone interested in applying for a graduate internship with the agency should email their resume to FCPDPRD@fairfaxcounty.gov, attention: Graduate Internships Program.
Fairfax County Police Department is an EEO employer committed to non-discrimination and to diversity in the workplace. To request reasonable ADA accommodations, call the Personnel Resources Division at 703-246-7560.