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Media Relations & Public Affairs Intern


This internship will give the student an opportunity to assist with the various external and internal communications functions performed by the Media Relations and Public Affairs Office. He or she will gain valuable practical experience in a nationally recognized law enforcement agency.

Specific duties include:

• Responding to queries from the news media, civic groups, and the general public regarding arrests, police investigations, or criminal activities
• Providing interviews for broadcast and print media or scheduling interviews with department representatives
• Responding to the scene of major police events and providing information to media
• Initiating release of and disseminating information to media regarding Police Department activities
• Proactively promoting Police Department activities, programs, and efforts
• Coordinating media efforts with other county agencies such as the Public Affairs Office
• Developing maintaining and interacting with the public through Social Media outlets
• Assisting in various PIO special projects

Program Type & Division

Media Relations & Public Affairs Office: Internship- Non-pay status


One semester (minimum)

Student Status

Graduate Student (preferred)

Upper-class Undergraduate Student (considered)

Preferred Major(s)

Communications, Journalism, English, Public Affairs, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal JusticeLaw Enforcement related or similar course of study.
Preferred GPA: 3.0 or above

Selection Process

Application, Interview, Favorable Completion of Police Polygraph Exam and Background Investigation

Application Deadline

Currently accepting applications


Minimum 20 hours per week (Monday-Friday during normal business hours), Flexible schedule options

Location and Contact

Arlington County Police Department

Dustin Sternbeck, Public Information Officer

1425 N. Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201

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