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VT COMM major at her job with Disney.

Real VT student, real work!

Internships are ONE way to get experience during college.
Keep all the ways in your consideration.
Seek multiple experiences.
FAQs about internships & co-ops



  • Usually one-term experiences, sometimes multiple.
  • Often in the summer. Some available in fall and spring.
    Depends on when the employer needs interns!
  • Full-time or part-time; as determined by employer.
  • May be paid or unpaid; as determined by employer, and in accordance with U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet #71 Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Academic-level determined by employer:
    Whether open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students.
  • Academic credit:
    Academic credit can only be granted by an academic department, and involves paying tuition.
    Do make yourself aware of opportunities and requirements in your academic department!
  • Enrollment in the university during your internship:
    Undergrads who find an internship that is at least 32 hours per week (paid or unpaid) and requires you be enrolled in your university: you might be eligible for the Undergraduate Cooperative Education & Internship Program (Undergraduate CEIP). You do not earn academic credit, but you do not pay full tuition; you do pay $50 in lieu of tuition, and you do maintain your student status.
  • These factors vary by career field, by employer, and by practices in academic departments.
  • FAQs about internships & co-ops


Terminology: what's a co-op and what's an internship?

Benefits of doing a co-op or internship / Is one better than the other?

Guidelines on whether interns should be paid:

U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet #71 Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. (April 2010)

Job & internship search guide
   Skills: resumes, letters, interviewing | where to find internships, more...

Where to find internship and co-op jobs


Internship websites

Career-field focused websites

Career fairs 12-15 fairs on campus each year, plus off-campus fairs.

About the Undergraduate Cooperative Education & Internship Program (CEIP)

For full-time (32 or more hours/week) positions; paid or unpaid; not for academic credit, enrollment in the program maintains your student status with proper procedures.

Virtual internships

According to an employer survey by NACE [National Association of Colleges and Employers], 12.5 of employers hired college students for virtual internships in 2011, and 8.6% anticipated doing so in 2012. Respondents to this survey were 281 employers (30% of NACE employer membership). did a 2012 survey of 300+ employers; 33% said they offered virtual internships. Sept. 2013 article about benefits and drawbacks on

Virtual internships can be found on many internship websites and career-field focused websites. Terms like freelance, telecommuting and bid-for-work also may indicate virtual work.

Orientation to CEIP | covers how to find internships

Housing resources if leaving Blacksburg

Work and learn in the Career Services office: Peer Career Advisors
   We want employers to offer internships to students, so we do too! The Peer Career Advisor program is our version of an internship (and replaces our former internship program).
These are part-time paid positions.


ME major: view on job site.

ME major, view on the job site.

VT Communication major at the Disney College Program.

VT COMM major at work
at Disney College Program.


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FAQs about internships & co-ops

Ways to get career-related experience during college

Your academic dept.
Departments often have information and resources for internships and other kinds of experience for their majors.

View: The Hokie Bird Finds an Internship!


VT ME student at her job with Altec Industries.

VT ME major at her job with Altec Industries.