Explore careers, gain professional experience, skills, and expand your network in Charlottesville during the academic year or summer! Over 300 internship placements are available each year.

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 offering you a customized placement with a prequalified internship matched to your career field of interest for the summer, semester, or academic year. 

Courtney Linkous

Thank you so much for being welcoming, eager to help me learn, and wonderful mentors. Courtney Linkous '18 Intern, UVAHS Cancer Center

The Internship Placement Program team will match you based on the best opportunities for your interests, skills, and goals. We will help you develop your skills and knowledge through a Professional Development Workshop and provide ongoing support in all aspects of your internship experience. Program internships can be paid or unpaid and may be pursued for credit. All internship sites are pre-qualified to meet UVA standards and guidelines established for internships by the Department of Labor Fair Labor Standards Act.


  • Customized internship placement
  • Pre-qualified internships
  • Professional Development Workshop
  • Develop skills necessary for future opportunities
  • In-depth industry knowledge and experiences
  • Expand your network
  • UVA Career Center support during internship

Advanced Program

Connect your internship with a semester-long one credit internship reflection course (UNST 2820) to enhance the internship experience. The course is offered during the fall and spring semesters features topics such as organizational development, leadership, team dynamics, professional skills, and career management to deepen your understanding and internship work.  The course is completed concurrently or post internship. A maximum of two credits (two semesters) can be completed through the Advanced Internship Placement Program.

Note: Some internship sites require credit due to employment policies.

Noah Green

I was consistently given opportunities to learn and take on new responsibilities, and I couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with. Noah Green ‘18 Little Keswick School


To be eligible for the Internship Placement Program or Advanced Internship Placement Program, students must:

  • be a UVA undergraduate student
    *Priority is given to upperclassmen in the College of Arts & Sciences
  • have an overall and major GPA of at least 2.5
  • be in good academic standing
  • have a clear disciplinary record
  • be able to meet the health, age, academic, security, and/or related internship criteria of the sponsoring organization
  • commitment to the program requirements, policies, and professionalism
  • Advanced Only: Class schedule accommodation for one credit UNST course 
  • Internship Commitment
    Academic Year/Semester Session requires 10 hours/week
    Summer Session requires 20 hours/week

Student Registration

  1. Resume review in Newcomb 170 during office hours: Monday - Friday, 12p-5p
  2. Review the Internship Placement Program eligibility and commitment guidelines.  
  3. Sign in to Handshake
  4. Register for the Internship Placement Program
    • ​Select Events
    • Select Career Fairs
      This module contains a virtual event registration program supporting the Internship Placement Program
    • Select the 2018-19 Internship Placement Program
    • Select Join Event
  5. Complete application and indicate 5 IPP internship site preferences
    Search "IPP" under Handshake Jobs
  6. Submit $95 application fee
    Email InternshipCenter@virginia.edu to be considered for a fee waiver 
  7. ​Sign up for an interview with the Internship Placement Program team.