Internships, Jobs, Volunteering, Skill-building

Get Experience, Join the Park Corps

Now Accepting Applications for summer through May 15, 2024!

Work alongside Arlington’s natural resource professionals in forestry, wildlife management, education, habitat restoration and more. We’ll get real work done, all while having fun outside, building job skills and making connections with other like-minded students. You’ll receive a $200 stipend on successful completion of this one-week program. Ages 16-18. 

Location: 2700 S. Taylor St. Arlington, VA 22206.


  • Session 1: July 8 - July 12, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: July 29 - Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Apply Here

National Youth Congress Internship 

Youth Congress is an organization that allows teenagers to experience and gain independence and leadership through paid internships. These internships range from office work to assistance in camp programs to assisting someone who works in a highly ranked job such as marketing. The program is for high school youth, ages 14-18 and is a summer long commitment of 60 hrs.  Teens will have a options of setting their own hours with their mentor.  

National Youth Congress (NYC) helps youth learn about the parks and recreation field and other service jobs. Teaching them to live and lead, and by helping them develop skills, NYC is helping build youth and communities across Arlington by fostering community building. Our vision is to see youth better integrated into the life of our communities and to see them established in meaningful careers. 

NYC Teen Applications accepted April 1- April 30, 2024 (limited spaces).

You must be available July 8 - Aug. 8, 2024 including the following dates and completion of 60hrs/program participants receive a $300 stipend from Arlington County Parks.

  • May 28, 2024, 4-6 p.m. Interviews at Lubber Run Community Center Oak/Hickory (in-person interviews). 
  • June 3 & 10, 2024 Training 6-8 p.m.
  • June 12, 2024, Meet & Greet 6-8 p.m.
  • Aug. 8, 2024, 6-7:30 p.m. Closing Ceremony

Questions? Contact Desi Jerry at 703-228-7781 or by email at  

Volunteer with Arlington County Summer Camps

Summer 2024 - Registration closes on April 30th! 

The summer camp volunteer program is a wonderful opportunity for teens who want to have fun while contributing to their community. Volunteers assist the camp staff in all the fun and exciting activities campers enjoy, including field trips, arts and crafts, swimming, games and more. If you are seeking a professional or personal development opportunity, volunteering can be extremely rewarding. It is an opportunity to make friends, work with children in a supervised setting and gain valuable experience in a leadership role. 

For other volunteer options this summer visit our Parks & Recreation volunteer site or Volunteer Arlington, for a list of local opportunities.

For questions regarding Summer Camp Volunteering, please contact

T.E.A.M. Training – Fun is Serious Business

Fun is serious business and this program will teach your teen how to run it! We will teach aspects of operating a small amusement rental business. Participants receive hands on training. Upon completion, participants are eligible for employment, helping to run our business with the Department of Recreation.

Questions? Contact Desi Jerry at 703-228-7781 or by email at

Teens Making a Difference (TMAD): Youth Community Groups

Want to make a difference? TMAD (Teens Making A Difference) is a Service Club that helps students ages 12-18 plan service projects, learn leadership skills, and improve their schools and community. TMAD (and T.E.A.M.) are nationally recognized with a Transforming Local Government Innovation Award.

During the weekly meetings students learn to identify community needs and plan service projects. Examples of last year’s service projects include:

  • Volunteering at an Asset Conference.
  • Hosting nine parent night out events.
  • Supporting the county-wide Saturday night skate program.
  • Organizing canned food drives.

The program offers participants a chance to earn a stipend for work related learning programs.

Interested in TMAD? Apply.

Questions? Contact Desi Jerry at 703-228-7781 or by email at