Human Resources

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 703-222-7314

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270
Fairfax, VA 22035-0035

Cathy Spage,

Non-Merit - Internships

This page provides information on the internship programs currently available in Fairfax County. Click to expand any agency/group name to find out more information about internship opportunities.

This internship is 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. The focus of this internship will be improving, monitoring, documenting and researching native plant populations within the park. It provides practical experience in the skills and abilities needed for a career in wildlife management and environmental sciences. This internship is a $3,000 scholarship offered through The Friends of Huntley Meadows Park by the Virginia Native Plant Society.

STIPEND $3,000 scholarship offered by The Virginia Native Plant Society for Huntley Meadows Park

PERIOD 11 weeks or 440 hours, flexible hours from approximately August - November 2019

Huntley Meadows Park
6901 South Kings Hwy
Alexandria, VA 22310

APPLICANTS: College students or graduates, preferably with a major in resource management, biology, botany, or environmental science.


Natural Resources

-Assist resource management crew with habitat management for wetlands, meadows, and forests.
-Promoting native plant communities by controlling invasive exotic plants.
-Planting and seeding native plant species


-Assist with water quality assessments.
-Participate in monitoring and documenting invasive species
-Vegetation classification, monitoring, recording.

Native Plants

-Assist with our native plant herbarium, logging data, preserving samples etc.
-Use GIS software to document and record significant plants, trees and plant communities.
-Plant native plants and seed as part of our ongoing restoration efforts following our construction projects
-Work with staff on environmental education programs and visitor services.

TO APPLY Send resume to Dave Lawlor, Natural Resource Manager, at the above address or via email at by August 2nd, 2019.

Call 703-765-8285 for more information.

Information on internships at the Fairfax County Park Authority may be found here.

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 here 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 here.

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 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 volunteer or internship opportunities, contact the Program Manager, Intern and Volunteer Services (email:, 703-383-8434, 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 at least 90 days prior to the start of the academic semester in which the internship is desired to begin. Click here 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

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 Mary Hager at

Information on internships at the Fairfax County Public Library may be found here.


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