$15,000 Hiring Bonus

College Internship Program

The Sheriff’s Office sponsors a competitive college internship program that focuses on law enforcement and corrections. Interns will have the opportunity to tour, observe and learn about the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center, Courthouse, Criminal Justice Academy and Merrifield Crisis Response Center. Interns may also do a civil enforcement ride-along.

Internships can be a maximum of 270 hours. We accept applications year-round so please note your desired time frame for completion. The internship coordinator will contact you to discuss scheduling when an opening becomes available. Interns earn course credit but not monetary compensation.

Minimum qualifications:

  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Second, third or fourth-year student (or in a graduate program), receiving 3-9 credit hours for the class related to the internship.
  • Criminal justice or public administration major or other major if you have demonstrated a commitment to a law enforcement career.
  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Must not have ever committed, or been involved in, any act that would constitute a felony or serious misdemeanor.
  • United States citizen.


  • Complete, print and mail the intern screening form.
  • Submit a cover letter, resume and written recommendation from the school or academic program.
  • If you will be receiving academic credit for participation, submit a copy of the academic requirements for the course.
  • If you are conditionally accepted into the internship program, you will be sent a detailed personal history form to complete, and you will be subject to a background investigation.


2nd Lieutenant Marc Hofrichter
Internship Program Coordinator
Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office


Internship Program Coordinator

Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office
4000 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030