Arlington County, Virginia
$55,619.20 - $78,769.60 Annually
May 24, 2022
Jun 10, 2022
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County Intern
This is a one-year, full-time, paid Internship Program

Arlington County is an exciting, innovative local government entity located in Northern Virginia. We are seeking highly motivated individuals for exciting one-year Internships in a variety of positions across the County. These positions offer a career opportunity to qualified individuals with little or no previous professional work experience to help them prepare for a career in a variety of fields of work. This Internship will provide recent college graduates and currently enrolled graduate students with an in-depth, hands-on learning opportunities in areas critical to supporting local government initiatives while participating in a developmental and training cohort with peers.


Over the course of a year, Interns work under the mentorship and supervision of senior staff members to gain valuable on-the-job training and real-world work experience. They support the County's efforts to consistently work toward greater efficiency and effectiveness by offering improved processes and fresh ideas, and by leveraging smart technologies, while becoming familiar with the public-sector work environment as a viable and fulfilling career path.

Program Participation

2021 and 2022 college graduates with a preferred minimum GPA of 3.0 and who have no professional work experience in an area related to the internship are welcome to apply. Applications will be considered from candidates who have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in 2021 or 2022 prior to the start date of the Internship or applicants who are currently enrolled in a Master's degree program related to the internship.

The successful candidate will possess the following traits;
  • The willingness to explore and follow best practices;
  • Self-motivation with a desire to excel;
  • Excellent analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving abilities;
  • Demonstrated experience managing multiple projects and/or tasks and easily switch focus as required;
  • Ability to research and understand technical documentation;
  • Interacting with multiple levels of staff and to express ideas articulately, verbally, and in writing to a variety of audiences;
  • Exceptional attention to detail and strong organizational and planning skills; and
  • Strong customer service skills.
Position Available

Department of Environmental Services
The Cohort Intern will be assigned to the Pretreatment Section of the Water Pollution Control Bureau. He/she will report directly to the County's incumbent Pretreatment Program Coordinator, who is organizationally aligned under the Bureau's Laboratory Manager. The performed duties will be in support of the Clean Water Act, the Oil Pollution Act, or the National Pretreatment Program. Most days will consist of both office time and facility inspections.

Responsibilities include assisting Arlington County's Pretreatment Program Coordinator in:
  • Administering the Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) Program;
  • Administering the Dental Amalgam Rule;
  • Conducting commercial and industrial facility inspections;
  • Administering the Environmental Management System (EMS); and
  • Updating various environmental plans, such as the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP), Spill Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCCP), and the PCB Pollution Minimization Plan (PMP).
The Intern will report to the Water Pollution Control Plant, located at 3402 South Glebe Road, Arlington, Virginia. However, some duties will require that he/she drive a County vehicle to various field sites.

Selection Criteria
We anticipate filling these positions between July 1, 2022 and September 1, 2022. Therefore, applications will be accepted from candidates graduating with an undergraduate degree no later than August 2022 and from candidates currently pursuing a Master's Degree in their field with no prior professional work experience.


  • Must have earned a Bachelor's or Master's of science degree in 2021 or 2022 prior to the start date of the Internship or are currently enrolled in a Master's of science degree program related to the internship; and
  • Interns may not have professional work experience related to the internship.
Degree Requirements : Environmental Science or related.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following.

  • G.P.A. of 3.0 or above. Applicants may be asked to provide certified official transcripts;
  • Commercial restaurant knowledge managing fats, oils, and grease; and/or
  • Experience in industrial pretreatment
Software requirements

  • Basic Microsoft Office Suite software experience is required including MS Excel.

Special Requirements
For more information and to apply: Internships - Official Website of Arlington County Virginia Government (arlingtonva.us) Intern will be required to drive throughout Arlington. Current driver's license is required and must be maintained throughout internship.

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