Position Information

Arlington County Management Interns
This is a one-year, full-time, paid Internship Program
Most Internships will begin between

July 1, 2019 and September 1, 2019*Arlington County

Arlington County is an exciting, innovative local government entity located in Northern Virginia. We are seeking bright, highly motivated individuals for an exciting one-year Management Internship 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 new college graduates and currently enrolled graduate students with 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, Management 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

2018 and 2019 college graduates with a 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 2018 or 2019 prior to the start date of the Internship or 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 Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management (PCEM)
 Public Safety Intern: This Intern will be part of a dynamic environment, highlighting the regional and intergovernmental coordination necessary to plan, prepare, and respond to disasters and emergencies in Arlington County and the National Capital Region. The Intern will have the opportunity to work on projects spanning the public safety realm, including those in 911, emergency communications, and emergency management. Successful candidates will be expected to demonstrate professionalism, effective written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to complete projects with minimal supervision. Responsibilities:
  • Assist in the development of emergency management plans, job aids, standard operating procedures, exercise design, and training;
  • Assist in the development and execution of projects for 911 operations to include employee training, 911 system upgrades, NextGen 911 and FirstNet issues;
  • Attend public education and community outreach events; and
  • Attend regional meetings and participate in cross jurisdictional and cross discipline workgroups relating to 911 and emergency management in the Northern Virginia and National Capital Region.

Selection Criteria

We anticipate filling these positions between July 1, 2019 and September 1, 2019. Therefore, applications will be accepted from candidates graduating with an undergraduate degree no later than August 2019 and from candidates currently pursuing a Master's Degree in their field.


  • Must have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in 2018 or 2019 prior to the start date of the Internship or are currently enrolled in a Master's degree program related to the internship.
  • Management Interns may not have professional work experience related to the internship.
  • G.P.A. of 3.0 or above. Applicants may be asked to provide certified official transcripts.
Degree Requirements:
Public Safety Intern:  Criminal Justice, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Political Science, Public Health, or a related field.
  • Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with academic and/or experience in one or more of the following:
    • Data analysis using SPSS or Stata; and
    • Microsoft Office Suite including MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Word.

Special Requirements

Candidates will be required to successfully pass a background investigation if offered the position.

Additional training requirements may be required depending on specific work, to include FEMA ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 as well as Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and/or CJIS training.

Additional Information

Work Hours: 40 hours/week.  Monday- Friday.  Some flexibility.

Applicants may be asked to provide certified official transcripts.

All Management Interns are eligible for health, dental, and leave benefits.

Completion of the Supplemental Questionnaire is required as part of the application process for this position. You may further describe your experience by attaching a resume. However, please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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