Hands-on experiences, often called "experiential learning", help you assess your interests and build valuable life skills. They can also increase your employability and access to career-specific knowledge and networks. Internships, public service, and engagement in student organizations are just a few ways to get started.
UVA Career Accelerator Programs
- Coursera - Develop career-ready and Google endorsed skills through various self-paced online courses
- LinkedIn Learning - Access LinkedIn Learning's online training video library for courses and tutorials on hundreds of topics like public speaking, marketing, and data analytics.
- Virginia Alumni Mentoring (VAM) Bridges Projects - Bridges is an initiative to connect UVA alumni and students through project-based work. UVA alumni post short-term, well-defined projects that students can complete in 1-4 weeks. Students gain real-world project experience that they can put on their resumes.
Previous programs include:
- Summer 2020 - Radify Labs - Learn the basics of tech-related skills in this 4-week cohort-based flexible online training program
- Summer 2020 - Propel, UVA's Project-based Learning Program - Engage in real-world company projects, gain experience working in teams, connect with alumni and employer mentors from leading consulting firms like McKinsey, Accenture, Mastercard, and more! Participate in up to 5 real-world projects with top teams receiving prize money.
- Summer 2020 - Management Consulting Bootcamp - 8-week course taught by Brendan Boler, Presidential Fellow in UVA School of Data Science. The course will introduce students to the case process and include engaging activities that teach students about consulting methods and the hypothesis-based approach to problem-solving. The course will include 8 sections and run from June 1st to July 27th. Please contact David Lapinski (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Career Immersion Programs
- Career Treks - Travel to multiple organizations in various major cities to gain an insider’s perspective of industry and workplace culture
- Industry Academies - Immerse yourself in a one-week intensive program that includes hands-on skill development, coaching from industry-specific employers, and career development guidance in a supportive cohort environment. Due to COVID-19, our Business and Healthcare Academies have been canceled until further notice.
Additional Resources & Programs
More Skill-Development Resources
- DevHub - UVA Dev Hub is an opportunity for all members of the University of Virginia community to collaborate on applications and solutions that benefit the campus. Dev Hub hosts resources for students to develop programming skills.
- UVA Library Workshops - The UVA Library hosts multiple research and technology-related skill development workshops.
- Robertson Media Center - The Robertson Media Center (RMC) and the Digital Media Lab (DML) are located on the third floor of Clemons Library. The RMC and the DML offer a range of digital media services, including equipment and applications for the digitization, post-production, and delivery of media-related projects. Equipment available for checkout includes video and audio recorders, light kits, microphones, and more.
- Forge - Forge (formerly HackCville) is a local non-profit that offers 10-week courses in everything from graphic design to photography to data science. They help students learn the ins and outs of modern skills through fun, hands-on projects in a fast-paced, community-driven environment. Course fees through Hackcville are typically are approximately $100.
- iLab at UVA - The iLab at UVA is a great resource for entrepreneurs, providing program funding for ventures, awards, mentorship, and an overall space for creativity.
Internship Placement Program - For over 40 years, UVA has connected students with quality professional internships with public sector and private industry organizations in Charlottesville as an important part of its public service mission. The UVA Internship Placement Program continues this tradition by offering you a customized placement with a pre-qualified internship matched to your career field of interest for the summer, semester, or academic year.
Student Part-Time Jobs on Grounds - Many students visit the UVA Career Center to inquire about on-Grounds and local employment opportunities. Opportunities exist on-Grounds as well as in the surrounding community. Handshake is UVA's comprehensive employment management system and is a centralized resource for student employment.
When you are launching your career, micro-Internships provide a tremendous opportunity. Not only can you explore different career paths and work on interesting assignments, you can also demonstrate your abilities to potential employers while building your professional portfolio and network. Beyond that, your academic experience will improve as you apply what is taught in the classroom to the real world (and vice versa).
- UVA Global Internships Office - The Global Internships office develops relationships with businesses, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and UVA alumni abroad to provide students with valuable, individualized employment experiences.
- International Studies Office: Education Abroad - Each year thousands of UVA students study abroad during the academic year and summer. Many programs also offer internship opportunities for students. You can search in UVA's Education Abroad database for those that offer internships.
Student Research Opportunities & Fellowships
- Office of Undergraduate Research - Offers workshops on getting involved in research, holds drop-in peer advising hours in Clemons Library, organizes research symposiums, and publishes the Oculus, The Virginia Journal of Undergraduate Research.
- UNLEASH - Matches UVA undergraduate students with research opportunities sponsored by UVA faculty. Hence the title: Undergraduate Novel Learning Experience and Scientific Hands-on or UNLEASH.
- USOAR - The UVA Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Academic Research Program, otherwise known as USOAR. USOAR is a program that targets rising first, second, and transfer undergraduate students who do not have previous significant experience in research with a paid research position funded by the Federal Work Study program and the Office of Undergraduate Research.
- Office of Citizen Scholar Development - UVA’s Office of Citizen Scholar Development hosts weekly fellowship workshops throughout the semester to educate students about opportunities.
Volunteering & Service Learning
- Learning in Action - Provides UVA students a pathway to public service during their time at the University of Virginia, and is designed to connect students, faculty, and community partners to social entrepreneurship, community engagement, and co-curricular service opportunities.
- Madison House - Organizes service programs to address the needs of the community as well as the educational and personal growth objectives of students.
Student Organization Engagement at UVA
Student organizations are a great way to explore career-related interests and develop transferable skills. Investigate student organizations and speak with upperclassmen about their experiences in leadership. Before you join a student organization, it is helpful to understand the different types of organizations that exist at UVA. Groups at UVA are defined based on their relationship with the University. Being involved in organizations encourages skill-building in leadership, communication, conflict resolution, time and project management, budgeting, and teamwork. Learn about student organizations that relate to a specific career interest.