Externships in Education

Career Administrator

Interested in learning more about non-profit organizations and higher education? Have a few days to spare this summer? Participate in a UVA summer externship!

An externship is a job shadowing opportunity that can last anywhere from 3 to 7 days.  It allows you to gain personal exposure to a career field and can serve as the gateway to a new professional experience. UVA IDEA’s externships match UVA students to employers across the country. Externships related to the ECYD community vary from non-profits in Charlottesville, to prominent graduate schools like Darden and Brown University, to interning in education with the United Nations Foundation. Click here to see the externships page, and browse the list below for some of the ECYD-related opportunities.


Brown University Graduate School

The Graduate School is Brown University's hub for all master's, PhD, and executive programs. As such, the Graduate School is focused on academic initiatives, diversity and inclusion, student affairs, and professional development. Depending on externs' interests, potential activities might include sitting in on program reviews and academic policy and curriculum meetings; assisting with projects to expand and develop the visibility of student resources; meeting with students in MFA programs; assisting with projects to support historically underrepresented groups of graduate students; developing marketing and recruitment materials; and assisting with data projects.

The externship host will work with students during Aug. 20th - 23rd, taking place in Providence, RI.


Brown University Office of Student Development

Brown University's Swearer Center for Public Service is in the second year of managing a Bonner program that is on track to become the largest in the nation. Externs will work on developing the program closely with Swearer Center staff, and will conduct research on conference opportunities for fellows, input student information into databases using Excel, conduct informational interviews with staff about higher education, and assist with Bonner program logistics, details and planning.

The externship host will work with students for a position anytime between July 16th- Aug. 24th, taking place in Providence, RI.


UVA Darden School of Business, Center for Global Initiatives

A big part of what the Center for Global Initiatives at the Darden Graduate School of Business does is coordinate programming for our MBA students and external stakeholders such as visiting students and guests. During this 4-day externship, participants will be exposed to program coordination in a higher education setting, network with higher education professionals, have access to two recent graduates for mentorship, and work on projects that contribute to the Darden Center for Global Initiatives’ mission.

The externship host will work with students for a position anytime between May 28th - Aug. 24th, taking place in Charlottesville, VA.


Excelencia in Education

Excelencia in Education accelerates Latino student success in higher education by promoting Latino student achievement, conducting analysis to inform educational policies, and advancing institutional practices while collaborating with those committed and ready to meet the mission. Externs will learn what it is like to work in a small, fast-paced nonprofit organization, conduct informational interviews, and shadow the team during weekly staff meetings and learn about the operations of Excelencia in Education.

The externship host will work with students for a position anytime between May 28th - Aug. 24th, taking place in Washington, DC.


Live Arts

Live Arts externs will work closely with the Director of Education to experience the planning and implementation of the vibrant Live Arts Summer Theater Camps and Productions. Externs will communicate (email/phone/in-person/via website) with camp participants, parents, and theater patrons, schedule performance ticketing and sales, work with box office software, work with camp counselors and instructors, and communicate with community partners like the Boys & Girls Club.

The externship host will work with students for a position anytime between May 28th - Aug. 24th, taking place in Charlottesville, VA.


United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through communications, public outreach, and advocacy. The individual will work with the Foundation’s Chief Strategy Officer and participate in a variety of activities related to organizational strategy development, resource allocation, strategy execution, and operational effectiveness for the UN Foundation. The individual will also gain exposure to various functions and departments within the overall organization, including policy, advocacy, fundraising, finance, information technology, talent management, business services, and communications.

The externship host will work with students during Jun. 12th - 14th, taking place in Washington, D.C.


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