For students seeking internships
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Real VT student, real work!
- Usually one-term experiences, sometimes multiple.
- Often in the summer, though not always, per employer.
- 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. You should absolutely 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
• Guidelines on whether interns should be paid:
& internship search guide
Skills: resumes, letters, interviewing | where to find internships, more...
• Job & career fairs 12-15 fairs on campus each year, plus off-campus fairs.
For full-time (32 or more hours/week) positions; paid or unpaid; not for academic credit, do maintain 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% anticipate doing so in 2012. Respondents to this survey were 281 employers (30% of NACE employer membership). NACE: more details.
• Work and learn in the Career
Services office: part-time, unpaid internship program
We want employers to offer internships to students, so we do too!
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