Park Authority

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
703-324-8700 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Jai Cole
Executive Director

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Internship Opportunities with Fairfax County Park Authority

Internship Opportunities with Fairfax County Park Authority

The Intern Program

The Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) internship program is designed to increase community engagement in park, recreation, natural, cultural, historical and/or business operations professions while providing an additional pathway for potential employees interested in serving in seasonal, part-time, and full-time positions at FCPA. FCPA offers both paid and unpaid internship opportunities. 

Interested applicants are encouraged to explore and apply for open internship opportunities. If you are interested in a business area that does not currently have an internship advertised, please reach out to

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How the Program Works

Plese reach out to the internship program team via email:

Following initial contact with the agency, the Intern Program Coordinator will refer you to the division of your choice. You will be referred to the Division Intern Contact who will be responsible for your interview, hire, placement, training, assignment, and evaluation.

The FCPA internship program will offer three general internship sessions per calendar year: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

  • Applicants may be awarded an internship outside of a general session on an as needed basis.
  • The duration of each session will not exceed 4 months.
  • FCPA will accept applications on a rolling basis for each session based on the following schedule.
  • Paid interns work hours may vary based on site location or position.
  • Paid interns are expected to maintain at least 20 hours of availability and up to 40 hours a week.
Spring February May
Summer May August
Fall September December

The FCPA Internship program offers both paid and unpaid internships. See the internship opportunity ad for pay rates. 

The applicant is required to have their own means of transportation in order to get to and from work. Intern assignments occasionally require varying work schedules throughout the County. The applicant may be required to utilize their personal vehicle to conduct agency business.

A structured orientation program will be provided to interns during their first few weeks on the job. 

Depending on your nature of your internship, you may be required to complete a special project, weekly reports, and/or a final exit briefing or presentation. You will be provided with a written and verbal evaluation of your performance by your immediate internship supervisor.

Intern Benefits

  • The Park Authority intern program affords each intern opportunities for both career enhancement and personal growth. These benefits include:
  • Resume Building: Park Authority Internships provide the experience and benefit of having worked for an award-winning organization with a nationally known and respected reputation.
  • Results Oriented Work Experience: The program is structured to provide each intern with a visible end product and a sense of pride and accomplishment, as well as an important building block for your resume.

Agency Benefits

The Park Authority believes an intern program should be mutually beneficial to both the intern and the organization. Our intention is to provide students with an experience that fosters both professional growth and self-expression. In return, we expect you to have good core work habits – strong communication skills, a demonstrated ability to effectively complete assignments and knowledge which is sufficient to adequately carry out and complete your internship project. FCPA can benefit from your enthusiasm and project support which allows us to accomplish tasks that may not otherwise receive timely completion.

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