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Fall 2020 - County of Henrico Division of Fire - Marketing and Communications Intern (Deadline Aug. 10)

Jul 27, 2020

Posted in: Advertising internships, Internships & scholarships, Public Relations internships


Department Description


Henrico County, a progressive employer of choice, is offering internship opportunities for high school and college students to develop skills and experience relevant to their course of study.  We are committed to creating challenging, meaningful, relevant work experiences for students.  All internships will have specific learning goals identified by the student as being core to their academic and career development.  The County will strive to ensure a balance between the intern's specific learning goals and the work that is required by the Department.

Established in 1611, Henrico County has deep historical roots. Henrico County borders the City of Richmond to the west, north and east and constitutes approximately a third of the Richmond metropolitan areas. Henrico County is among the top-rated counties in the nation and was one of the first localities to adopt the County Manager Form of Government. Citizens of Henrico County are represented by an elected Board of Supervisors representing five magisterial districts. 

Henrico County General Government currently has more than 30 agencies. Department Heads are appointed by the County Manager, with the exception of the elected constitutional officers.  Henrico County is an equal opportunity employer and, when you join us as an intern, you will be surrounded by fellow associates who come from all walks of life, all types of cultural backgrounds and all ages.


Brief Posting Description


Closing Date: This position closes on Monday, August 10, 2020.

This is for current college level students who are a sophomore level or above. This internship is for the fall semester and it is for academic credit. The selected student must be eligible to earn academic credit through their program and provide the requirements of such.  

Henrico County offers a variety of challenging hands-on internships performing a variety of responsible tasks relevant to the assigned department. Internships may be available many departments. For more information on the operations and functions of each department click here:


Detailed Description


Fire Marketing/Communications/IT Intern II - This is an unpaid internship for the fall of 2020 for current college students. This internship position will be assigned to work within the Fire Department in the Public Information office and IT divisions. This internship is for academic credit. To be eligible for this internship, students must be enrolled in a program that either has a requirement for an internship or allows for an internship as an elective. 

Desired Area of Study: Communications, Marketing, Information Technology, or related field
Desired GPA: 3.0 or better
Desired Student:  Sophomore, Junior or Senior
Work Hours: Primarily between the hours of 8 :00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend hours may also be necessary depending on the project. Interns can work up to 29 hours per week
Work Location: Division for Fire Administrative Offices – 7721 E. Parham Road, Henrico, VA 23294. Some travel to various fire stations within Henrico County could be required. 

The student will develop public safety/relation messaging and will be responsible for creating graphics for Social Media. The messaging will be driven by the Division's Public Education Calendar. The student must have the ability to use social media to include Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The student will perform duties that will require skills in web design, electronic marketing, and general communications.

The student will also assist staff in the IT office to administer computer deployment and create lessons and training modules in topics of Office365, SharePoint, Windows/desktop applications, fire roster, NFIRS, image trend, and internal aps such as Commercial Hazard Assessments, Travel Request, Process, Cancer Exposure etc. The student will develop a strategic training plan, inclusive of face-to-face tutoring, schedule workshops at firehouses and deliver training via WebEx.  

Intern may be involved to perform or assist with: 

         Communication efforts using webpages, online calendars, and social media

         Creating, developing, enhancing existing webpage and social media resources

         Creating graphics for use on social media

         Photographing and or shooting video content

         Developing, designing, and implementing a strategic training plan

         Computer deployment

         Develop lessons and training modules for software use, potential topics include: Office365, SharePoint, Windows/desktop applications, specialized software like Fire Roster, NFIRS, and internally-build applications such as Commercial Hazard Assessments, Travel Request Process, Cancer Exposure, etc.

         Scheduling Workshops and training for Firehouse staff

         Implement and deliver training to firehouse staff in-person and or remotely via the use of WebEx 

Experience using Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, or similar software is also desired. Command of English language is required.  


Strong foundational knowledge in a field relevant to internship; excellent interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse audience of County employees and citizens integral to the internship; excellent organization and research skills with the ability to collect and organize facts/tasks effectively; excellent attention to details; excellent knowledge of and familiarity with computer systems with demonstrated proficiency in the use of a personal computer and common software products (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint); ability to multitask and manage priorities; ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as a part of a team; and ability to meet assigned deadlines.


Internships are intended to complement the student's academic program so the intern must bring foundational knowledge as well as a strong interest in the assigned department's mission and operations and be prepared to work in a fast-paced environment. The intern will receive training relevant to the assigned responsibilities, clear direction regarding expectations and feedback concerning their performance. Interns will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of the operations of the assigned department as well as broad basic skills and industry knowledge. Internships may include extensive public contact. Internships may be an integral part of a team or may require the intern to work more independently. The intern will also learn how to work in a professional environment and have opportunities to network with department leaders and other professionals in the internship field.


Job Requirements


Education:  Pursuing a college degree in a field relevant to internship or post-secondary vocational/technical training in a trade or craft that is relevant to the internship; GPA of 3.0 or better; prefer a college student in the junior or senior year of the relevant degree program;

Experience:  Completion of courses in relevant degree or vocational/technical program; relevant job or volunteer experience; 

Or:  Any equivalent combination education and experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to the internship.


Additional Details


The application process requires you to include:

  • Resume with 2 references (contact information)
  • Cover letter indicating why you are interested in this internship position and at least three learning goals related to the internship along with your program requirements for an internship. 
  • You will also need to include an unofficial school transcript, GPA 

All internship positions will work for 29 hours or less per week.

A criminal history record check and fingerprinting is conducted on all persons conditionally offered employment (including as an intern), including a conditional offer of initial employment, or a conditional offer to promote, demote, or laterally transfer an employee.


How To Apply


Closing Date: This position closes on Monday, August 10, 2020.

You apply for internships with Henrico County general government through our on-line applicant system, which is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week with an Internet connection.  Please access our job site portal through or click on the Jobs link in the upper right hand corner of our main County page at