Internship Program

Gain Experience in Local Government

Each summer, the Department of Human Resources sponsors the Chesterfield County college summer internship program to provide students an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and a realistic preview of what it is like to work in local government. The county is committed to administering a successful, efficient and inclusive program that will allow interns to make a positive contribution to the community while gaining valuable work experience in their field of study. During the 10-week program, interns will experience networking and professional development opportunities, gain professional experience in their assigned county department, and learn about the mission and vision of Chesterfield County. View the internship program video

Summer 2023 Internships Applications


To be considered for the internship program, students must be enrolled as current undergraduate or graduate students and have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8. Students participating in the internship program must exhibit a genuine interest in learning about public administration and be committed to public service.

Internship Dates

The 10-week internship program will be held from May 30 to Aug. 3, 2023.

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply for summer 2023 internships was Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. 

Internship Opportunities

Learn more about each of the available internship positions for summer 2023. 

  1. Accounting


Download the 2023 Accounting Internship information sheet (PDF).

22 hours per week


  • $14.00 per hour (Undergraduate)
  • $16.00 per hour (Graduate)
  • College credit available

Who We Are
The Accounting Department is responsible for ensuring fiscal integrity through the establishment of policies and processes that safeguard assets. Financial reporting and compliance, as well as coordination of the County’s annual external audit(s), are handled by the Accounting Department. Accounts payable and financial systems for both the County and Public Schools are centrally managed by the Accounting Department. The Accounting Department processes and manages an accurate and timely payroll for all County employees.

What You Will Learn
The intern would be involved in several potential projects that would span various areas of the department. The projects and work assignments may include, assisting in the development and rollout of resources for grant managers, compiling and converting data from various sources into a universal format to facilitate financial disclosure preparation, development and roll out of tools for financial users after a system upgrade (report reference guide, year-end tips, or dashboards), conversion of MS Access databases, transition to SharePoint, and/or review of invoices or other financial documents for compliance and accounting standards. The intern would be collaborating with a team on process improvements and automation projects that suit their skills.

The Chesterfield Experience
As an intern in Chesterfield County, you will have an opportunity to meet with county leaders, collaborate with your peers, attend training seminars and participate in team building exercises to complement what you will be learning in the professional work environment provided by the Accounting department.

Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must be current undergraduate or graduate students with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.8. Students with a Major in Accounting, Business Administration, or Information systems are encouraged to apply. A successful candidate will have strong analytical, organizational, communication (both written and verbal) and time management skills; exhibit creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Experience working with databases, financial systems, SharePoint or Microsoft Office products are a plus. Successful completion of a fingerprint-based criminal history check and pre-employment drug screen required.

  1. Communications and Media
  1. Fire and EMS - Human Resources Division
  1. Information Systems Technology - Cybersecurity
  1. Information Systems Technology - Data and Analytics
  1. Juvenile Detention Home
  1. Learning and Performance Center
  1. Library - Chester
  1. Library - Development Services
  1. Library - Ettrick/Matoaca
  1. Library - North Courthouse
  1. Mental Health Support Services
  1. Office of Constituent Services
  1. Parks and Recreation
  1. Parks and Recreation- Henricus Historical Park
  1. Parks and Recreation- Special Events
  1. Parks and Recreation- Therapeutic Recreation
  1. Sheriff’s Office
  1. Transportation
  1. Utilities- Finance and Administration Division
  1. Utilities - GIS