Hoos Internship Accelerator Employer & Alumni FAQs

How do I post an internship opportunity? 

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. 

Will internships be virtual or in-person?

Due to the impact of COVID and unknowns entering the summer, the recommendation is that internships be hosted virtually, but in-person internships are welcome to be submitted.

Can I post an unpaid internship?

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 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.

What is the responsibility of a host employer?

With most students working virtually, we ask employers to provide a supportive environment with the necessary resources for students to fulfill their internship responsibilities remotely. This does not include providing a computer. All students will be expected to have their own computer and wifi connection to support virtual work. If additional software is required, in some cases, employers may need to provide software downloads for interns. Additionally, employers will be asked to provide interns with a performance review through UVA’s Skills Survey system.

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. 

Do you have any examples of 4-week vs. 8-week internships? 

Yes, please view our 4-week internship examples and our 8-week internship examples.  If you have further questions about your internship opportunity, please reach out to David Lapinski, Director of Employer Relations and Experiential Education at UVAInternAccelerator@virginia.edu

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Contact Information

Please contact David Lapinski, Director of Employer Relations and Experiential Education at UVAInternAccelerator@virginia.edu for more information about HIA. 

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