Internships can be:
- Full or part-tme
- Paid or unpaid
- For academic credit or no credit
- During the academic semester or summer
While you can do an internship during your first or second year at UVA, some employers prefer students in their third year for more depth in coursework.
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- Preparing to Search
- Internship Guidelines
- Where to Search
- Career Communities
- Diversity Resources
- Consider Additional Ways to Gain Experience
A great first step toward an internship is to gain experience on Grounds. Look at student organizations, class projects, and other learning opportunities. It is a great way to get direction for your search and get skills that employers will find appealing. Externships, job shadowing, and volunteering are also ways to get industry exposure. This will give you an edge as an intern candidate.
Internships help you find out what you like and what you do not. You may be surprised to find your initial career interests to be less of a fit than you thought. Or, you may find a new career path that is more exciting than you thought. Both experiences are important to finding your future career path. Learning about functional roles and organizational culture will help you reach your goals.
The UVA Career Center supports the NACE standards on internships. These standards state that internships need to meet specific criteria to ensure compliance with the US Department of Labor and Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA).
- The experience must be an extension of the classroom. I.e., a learning experience where you can apply the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to benefit the employer. It also cannot be work that a regular employee would typically do.
- The intern must be able to transfer gained skills and knowledge to other jobs
- The experience has a set beginning and end
- The internship has a job description with desired qualifications
- There are set learning objectives/goals related to the student's professional goals
- A professional with expertise will supervise the intern
- The experienced professional routinely provides feedback to the intern
- The host employer provides resources that support the intern's learning and goals
Global Internship University Travel Registry
UVA Policy requires that “All students traveling abroad for University-related purposes must register their international travel in the University Travel Registry before the expected departure date and, if possible, should update the travel registry as additional information becomes available or changes occur throughout the duration of the trip, including additional countries added during travel. This policy applies to all students traveling outside of the national borders of the United States for University-related purposes, which may include but are not limited to study, research, internships, service, conferences, presentations, teaching, performances, recruiting, or athletic competitions. University-related purposes include any travel that is for academic credit and/or utilizes University resources.”
For NGOs and several government organizations, many deadlines vary from late in the fall semester to early in the spring semester. Some organizations may not post their summer internship deadlines until the end of the fall semester, as they accept applications further into the spring semester.
Many business-related internships with large companies will have deadlines late in the fall semester or into January and February. A number of employers choose to post such opportunities in Handshake.
Deadlines for internships in other fields vary. For "official internship programs," the deadlines may take place late in the fall semester or into the spring. Other opportunities that are called "internships" are more flexible and students may find opportunities well into the spring semester.
The websites below can serve as resources in your internship search. The listing of these resources does not imply endorsement of the site by the UVA Career Center. Use these resources to:
- Find internship postings of interest
- Explore the skills and qualifications employers are looking for
- Find ways to develop the skills you may be missing (perhaps through a class, club, or organization at UVA)
- Guide you in doing your own search for similar sites and organizations online
Review internship listings posted by employers and alumni who are interested in UVA students.
UVA Students have exclusive paid access to these resources through Handshake. Access through: Handshake> Resources > Online Job/Internship Resources
|Career Insider by Vault||Includes an internship database (search results may include international opportunities) and guides to industries that frequently recruit college students and recent graduates.|
|CareerShift||Complete database of employers and jobs/internships for students and recent grads. Includes a comprehensive resume builder.|
|CEI Internships||Covers various fields, including international affairs, women‘s rights, media, sports, environment, seasonal state parks, law and policy, resorts, congressional, human rights, and history.|
|Current Jobs for Graduates||Internships and jobs for Liberal Arts Graduates and entry level positions in Writing, Editing, Communications, Management, Business, Education, and Performing Arts.|
|Going Global||Provides guides to various countries and a database of internships and jobs. Keep in mind that visa and work regulations vary by country, and you may not be eligible to work in most countries without obtaining governmental authorization.|
|Idealist.org||Hub for nonprofit, government, and non-governmental opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad (includes internships)|
|Internships.com||The world‘s largest internship marketplace. Students can make an individual account using their @virginia.edu email address.|
|Opportunities in Public Affairs||Job and internship listings and resources for careers in politics, policy, PR, fundraising, writing, and research|
|Policy Jobs||The latest research and policy-making jobs and internships from around the world.|
|Political Jobs||The latest jobs in politics; in political parties, public affairs, parliaments and senates worldwide.|
|Global Internships Office||The Office of Global Internships aims to enable UVA students' participation in meaningful internships in international and/or "global" settings|
|International Studies Office (ISO)||The International Studies Office (ISO) contributes to UVA's global mission through activities, programs and services designed to support the development of a globally aware, culturally diverse education and research environment.|
|University Internship Program||A four credit academic internship program offered through the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service in collaboration with the College of Arts & Sciences, Departments of Sociology and Psychology. The UIP offers several internship options to UVA undergraduate students.|
Career Communities are a great way to learn more about opportunities in the fields of your choice!
- Creative Arts, Media, & Design
- Government & Law
- Engineering, Science & Technology
- Public Service
Programs for students of color, underrepresented populations, and special populations.
- AccessUVA Student Support
- African American Students
- Asian American Students
- Hispanic/Latin@ Students
- International Students
- LGBTQ Students
- Native American Students
- Student Athletes
- Students With Disabilites
- Students with Children
- Transfer Students
- Job Shadowing
- Service Learning
- Virtual Internships
- Work Study & Student Employment
- Student Organizations
- Center for Undergraduate Excellence: The Center for Undergraduate Excellence encourages students to make research a fundamental part of your academic experience at the University of Virginia. They use the term “undergraduate research” to encompass research, scholarship, and creative endeavors, recognizing that examples may range from literary scholarship and chemistry experimentation to architectural design and fiction writing.
- Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Academic Resource (USOAR): This is a new program that targets rising first, second and transfer undergraduate students who do not have previous significant experience in research and are looking to participate in paid research opportunities with faculty members within their area of interest.