Hoos Internship Accelerator

Hoos Internship Accelerator

Summer 2020 brought historic lows in undergraduate internship opportunities, and summer 2021 presents similar challenges for students seeking the necessary knowledge, skills, and work experience to position themselves competitively for post-graduation career prospects.

At this critical juncture in the professional lives of our rising third- and fourth-year students, the UVA Career Center and UVA Alumni Association are launching the Hoos Internship Accelerator (HIA) internship program. This program will be especially beneficial to first-generation and low-socioeconomic students who may need financial assistance, which will defray costs of living during a summer internship so that they can gain significant educational experience through internships.

Hoos Internship Accelerator (HIA) at a Glance

The goal of this summer internship program is to connect 500 students from across Grounds with businesses and organizations in Charlottesville, the greater Commonwealth, and beyond.

  • This program is designed to further students’ education and training.
  • Students will have access to paid, virtual internships.
  • Students will also have access to unpaid, virtual internships with a stipend to offset the costs of living during an internship.
  • Internships will be 4 weeks or 8 weeks long. Shorter-term projects will also be considered.
  • HIA interns will have access to a wealth of professional support coordinated by the UVA Career Center and UVA Alumni Association. This will ensure a successful internship experience for both intern and employer.
  • For an unpaid internship, there should be no expectation of compensation and no entitlement to a paid job at the conclusion of the internship. The students should not be given any promise of compensation, express or implied. The unpaid intern’s work should complement, rather than displace, the work of paid employees while providing significant educational benefits to the intern.

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Program Timeline

Starting March 1, 2021: Employers sign-up to create an internship. Shortly after, you will receive an email from a UVA Career Center account manager, who will help you navigate the posting and hiring process. 

First-Round Key Dates & Deadlines: 

April 1, 2021: Deadline for employers to post internships. (Please Note: The sooner you post positions, the sooner your internships can be marketed to students.)

April 18, 2021: Deadline for students to apply to internships.

April 22–May 6, 2021: Employers offer virtual or phone interviews.

May 7–10, 2021: Students receive internship offers.

May 17, 2021: Deadline for students to respond to internship offers.

June 1–June 21, 2021: Internships begin. (Start dates vary depending on the employer.)

Second-Round Key Dates & Deadlines: 

May 2nd: Second-round deadline for employers to post internships.

May 16th: Deadline for students to apply to internships.

May 18th – May 28th: Employers offer virtual or phone interviews.

June 1st – June 4th: Students receive internship offers.

June 9th: Deadline for students to respond to internship offers.

June 21, 2021: Internships begin.


Eligible Students:

Currently-enrolled rising third-years and fourth-years at UVA who will be enrolled in the fall following their internship and are in good standing. 

Eligible Internships:

  • The internship needs to be 4 weeks or 8 weeks. Internships are typically 20–25 hours per week.
  • Non-eligible internships include fee-based volunteer programs; tuition-based experiences; and courses or training programs without an experiential learning component.

Internship Examples:


While we strongly encourage all employers to provide paid internships, we understand that this is not always possible. If you would like to create an internship experience but are unable to pay the intern, please sign up here and, in the "Compensation" section, check the option, "Our organization is unable to pay." Upon submitting the form, you will receive an email from a UVA Career Center account manager regarding the next steps.

UVA funding is limited, so not all unpaid internships will be eligible for the HIA program. The Career Center aims to carefully review each internship submission to ensure that we are offering students diverse experiences and opportunities that provide significant educational benefits. All interns who secure unpaid internship positions through HIA will receive a stipend to offset associated costs of living, such as food, rent, and transportation, during a summer internship. This funding is not intended to provide a wage or replace remuneration. The stipend will be a minimum of $1,000 for 4-week internships and $2,000 for 8-week internships. Students who demonstrate a high financial need will be eligible to apply for an additional stipend amount to offset living expenses. A typical internship is 20–25 hours per week.


Check out the FAQs page for more information, or contact David Lapinski, Director of Employer Relations and Experiential Education at UVAInternAccelerator@virginia.edu

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Learn more about supporting an HIA participant without hosting an unpaid intern.

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