Arlington, Virginia
$52,416.00 - $74,256.00 Annually
May 07, 2021
May 21, 2021
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County Intern
This is a one-year, full-time, paid Internship Program
Most Internships will begin between
July and September of 2021*

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 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, 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
2020 and 2021 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 2020 or 2021 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.

Department of Parks and Recreation
Creative, hard-working and energized recent graduate is invited to join the Public Relations Unit in Arlington County's Department of Parks and Recreation. Our unit promotes all things fun and engaging in Arlington: playgrounds, parks, trails, nature centers, County Fair, camps, recreation classes, and more. We report on the great work of environmental stewards, and are advocates for people at risk, for amazing designers who make environmentally sound and creative facilities, and for others who come to work each day to make Arlington a great place to live, work, and play.

The Public Relations Intern will support the implementation and management of a comprehensive, integrated public relations program that includes: media relations, digital communications, publication development, civic engagement, graphic design, internal and external communications and event management. The Intern will work across the entire unit, gaining experience in every aspect of public relations. Work will vary depending on the currents needs of the organization. Aside from the responsibilities listed below, the intern will be responsible for completing various long-term projects, which could include: developing department-wide photo library and department-wide marketing plan

Under the supervision of a Mentor, the Intern will assist in the following responsibilities:
  • Develop and edit articles for print and digital publications, eNews, calendar listings, fact sheets and talking points following the AP and Arlington County Style Manual;
  • Provide daily media clips on topics related to Arlington Parks & Recreation;
  • Create public information or educational materials to disseminate program information to the public, citizens, business, interest groups and other stakeholders;
  • Serve with DPR event management to assist with designing special events, coordinating event publicity, and assisting with event logistics;
  • Engage DPR staff to develop interesting, engaging and accurate press releases, flyers, web and print content using InDesign, Illustrator or Publisher;
  • Develop and update web pages;
  • Creates photos, images, text and video to post on DPR social media to support the department's facilities, events, programs and services;
  • Extrapolate social media and web statistics/analytics;
  • Provide direct services to customers; analyze effectiveness of services, and make recommendations for enhancements.

Selection Criteria

*We anticipate filling these positions between July 1, 2021 and September 2021. Therefore, applications will be accepted from candidates graduating with an undergraduate degree no later than August 2021 and from candidates currently pursuing a Master's Degree in their field.

  • Must have earned a Bachelor's or Master's degree in 2020 or 2021 prior to the start date of the Internship or are currently enrolled in a Master's degree program related to the internship;
  • Interns may not have professional work experience related to the internship; and
  • G.P.A. of 3.0 or above. Applicants may be asked to provide certified official transcripts.
Degree Requirements : Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Public Affairs or related field.

Desirables: Preference maybe given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Strong ability in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Strong communication skills specifically in proofreading, copy editing, writing, oral communications, digital communications, grammar, formatting, layout and design;
  • Take good photographs and videos and upload edited images as needed;
  • Research and analyze information to ensure accurate communications; and
  • Experience with web development, social marketing, iMovie, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator or Premier.

Special Requirements

For more information and to apply:

A complete application will include writing samples.

Additional Information

Work Hours: 40 hours/week. Monday - Friday. Some flexibility. Weekend and evenings hours will be flexed into the schedule to support special events. Ability to work remotely during Covid-19 and/or until requested to be in the office.

Applicants may be asked to provide certified official transcripts.

Cohort 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.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


Please provide the following information for all degrees earned:
  • School(s) attended:
  • Date of graduation/anticipated graduation (month and year):
  • Degree Earned:
  • Field/Focus area of study:

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    I have met the degree requirements for this position with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for this Internship as described in the minimum qualifications on the job announcement and am able to provide a certified official transcript from my college or university
    • Yes
    • No


    Please describe a successful project/assignment where you have had the opportunity to demonstrate your initiative, innovation, and problem-solving skills that are relevant to the position(s) for which you are applying. What was your role and why did you feel it was successful?


    Please describe how your degree has prepared you for the position which you are applying.


    Please briefly describe any other information in your background which you want us to consider when reviewing your application. Use this opportunity to highlight your awards, classroom coursework, projects, internships, knowledge, skills, and abilities which have prepared you for this challenging and exciting position.


    Please describe any experience that you have using IMovie, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator or Premier.


    This position will produce content on behalf of Arlington County and will be viewed by our community. Please describe your process of ensuring your writing is accurate and error-free.


    A complete application will include documents of work samples. Please attach a writing sample and an example of a photo, video, or document you designed.

    Required Question