Internship Placement Program - Internship Partners

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For over 40 years, the University of Virginia has connected students to quality internships with public service and private industry organizations within the Charlottesville community as part of its public service mission.  The UVA Internship Placement Program continues this tradition offering students customized placement with a qualified internship site matched to their career field of interest for the summer, semester, or academic year.  

The UVA Internship Placement Program implements a quality internship program that begins with intern recruitment, selection, and preliminary matching to ensure partners receive the best possible intern placements for consideration. The program provides professional development, such as Intern Orientation and Professional Skills Workshop, and ongoing resources and support to ensure interns are prepared and successful contributors and learners in your organization.  Program supervisors collaborate in this learning process by completing mid and final performance intern evaluations to assess intern professional development, learning outcomes, and quality of experience. Internship sites are pre-qualified to meet UVA standards and guidelines established for internships by the Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act.


  • Annual intern recruitment for your organization
  • Intern pre-screening for final site interviews and placement confirmation
  • Required Intern Orientation/Professional Skills Workshop
  • Ongoing program management to ensure quality
  • Program operations supported by the UVA Career Center
  • Academic credit option
  • Summer, semester, and academic year internship session options


  • Introduce students to your profession
  • Offer valuable learning experiences for UVA students
  • Complement your staffing with high quality intern talent
  • Mentor and develop young leaders
  • Establish a potential talent pipeline for future staffing needs

Organization Eligibility

Private industry, public sector, non-profit, start-up, and community organizations across a diverse range of industries are represented in the Internship Placement Program.  Participating organizations must meet the following criteria to participate:

  • Participate in Summer Session (20 hours/week for 8 weeks) or Academic Year/Semester (10 hours/week for 10 weeks)
  • Offer interns a professional work space that is not a home business location (or virtual)
  • Consist of a staff of at least three members (start-up founders are encouraged to apply if all other criteria can be met)
  • Appoint a supervisor and a mentor to support the internship experience and fulfill program requirements
  • Develop an internship learning plan
  • Complete mid-term and final semester professional internship reviews (evaluations)
  • Adhere to internship guidelines and requirements as dictated by the Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Participate in Supervisor Orientation


Choose from one of the available sessions:

  • 2019-2020 Academic Year: 08/27/2019 – 04/28/2020
  • 2019 Fall: 08/27/2019 – 12/06/2019
  • 2020 Spring: 01/13/2020 – 04/28/2020

Partner Registration

Feel free to contact for a team member to consult with you about your internship opportunities.  Or, go on-line to select the session(s) that are best for your organization to host an intern and follow the registration process in Handshake. 

  1. Sign in to Handshake
    If it is your first time, please create an account. The UVA Career Center approves new accounts within 24 business hours.
  2. Post Your Internship with the title: "IPP: Organization Name/Internship Title"
  3. Register for the Internship Placement Program
    • ​Open the Fairs Module
      This module contains a virtual event registration program supporting the Internship Placement Program
    • Select the 2018-19 Internship Placement Program
    • Select Register
    • Complete the form
      • Booth Optionsselect the session(s)
        Select "I will not be attending this day" for the session(s) you will not participate in
      • Booth Type: select "New IPP Partner" or "Returning UIP Partner"
      • Looking Forinsert your IPP Internship posting(s)
    • Select Create Registration 


The majority of IPP intern recruiting and intern placement for Academic Year and Summer Sessions occurs each Spring semester as students make course and internship plans.  However, IPP re-opens recruiting prior to the start of each semester to provide students opportunities to gain experience throughout the year and new organizations to join IPP.
General IPP Timeline Date
IPP Internship Site Registration Period (in Handshake) Continuous; by Feb 1st
Student Recruitment & Application Period
(UVA Preliminary Interviews)

Annually January-March
(note: IPP re-opens recruiting before each semester

Intern Preliminary Placement Notification Mid-March
Final On-Site Interview Period March-April
IPP Placement Commitment Deadline  April 30th
Intern Orientation & Professional Skills Workshop - Summer Session  To be announced
Intern Orientation & Professional Skills Workshop - Academic Year Session To be announced
Academic Year Session 08/27/2019 - 04/28/2020
Fall Session 08/27/2019 - 12/06/2019
Spring Session 01/13/2020 - 04/28/2020
Summer Session To be announced

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Fall Semester Courses Begin/Internship Start Date 08/27/2019
UNST 3510 Course Start (multiple sections) Week of 09/02/2019
Thanksgiving Recess (classes not in session/no internship hours) 11/27/2019-12/01/2019
Mid-Session Intern Performance Evaluation Deadline 10/21/2019
Final Intern Performance Evaluation Deadline 12/06/2019
Courses End/Internships Conclude 12/06/2019
Program & Course Evaluations 12/02/2019-12/06/2019

More to Explore

Our team is here to help you with everything you need to know about recruiting UVA students. 

For help: David Lapinski, Director of Employer Relations

UVA offers a wide variety of large career events to meet the needs of organizations recruiting UVA students. 

Handshake is UVA's online recruiting portal. Post jobs or internships, register for Career Fairs, manage your On-Grounds Interviewing, and more!