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: U.S. Department of Labor Fact Sheet #71 Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
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
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). Internships.com did a 2012 survey of 300+ employers; 33% said they offered virtual internships. Sept. 2013 article about benefits and drawbacks on MSN.careerbuilder.com.
- 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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