For students seeking internships
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Real VT student, real work!
- Number of terms: Usually one-term experiences, sometimes multiple.
- When: Often in the summer. Some available in fall and spring.
Depends on the career field and 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 law.
Guidelines on whether interns should be paid, from NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers:
NACE position statement on internships
NACE announcement July 8, 2015: Appeals Court Vacates Ruling in Unpaid Internship Case. NACE sets out criteria employers can use to identity workplace experiences that can legitimately be identified as "internships."
Determined by employer whether open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students. There are a wide variety of opportunities, so students can and should begin to acquire relevant experience early in college.
- 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!
- Maintaining student status if working:
Enrollment in the university during your co-op or internship:
Undergraduate Cooperative Education & Internship Program (CEIP)
For full-time (32 or more hours/week) positions; paid or unpaid.
Enrollment in the program maintains your student status.
Not for academic credit; therefore no full-tuition cost; fee is only $75 per semester.
Orientation to CEIP | covers how to find internships
- Internships compared to co-op:
What's a co-op and what's an internship?
Which is better? Benefits of doing a co-op or internship / Is one better than the other?
More FAQs about internships & co-ops
- Skills to seek internships:
Job & internship search guide
Resumes, letters, interviewing, more...
- Where to look for internships:
Where to find internships and co-ops
Career fairs 12-15 fairs on campus each year, plus off-campus fairs.
- If work location is not near family home:
Housing resources if leaving Blacksburg
- Virtual internships
Virtual internships can enable you to work in the location of your choice. Be sure to carefully research any organization offering a virtual internship to make sure it has a legitimate physical location and is a reputable organization. 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.
- Career Services hires students too!
Student experience working 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. These are part-time paid positions.
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