Gaining experience

The skills and information you learn from your studies are only amplified with hands-on experience, which can be gained through part-time employment, Federal Work-Study, internships, job shadowing, volunteering and more.

Not sure where to begin? Explore our resources below or make an appointment with a career advisor to start strong.

Federal Work-Study

Federal Work-Study allows you to earn money for education and living expenses through employment with authorized on- and off-campus organizations.

Part-time jobs

Working a part-time job while you're in school can help you supplement college expenses and develop your resume.

Volunteering and shadowing

You can "try on" various career paths through volunteering and job shadowing.


Internships are a great chance for you to explore a potential career field or organization before committing to a full-time job.

Avoiding fraudulent jobs

While you are working hard to ensure that you land a job, be aware that the perfect opportunity may not be what it seems.

Informational interviews

Want to know more about a particular career? Try an informational interview. This type of interview allows you to learn from another person’s career path, discover how they gained experience in the field, and learn the strategies and advice they have for someone entering the field today.

Undergraduate student resources

Find tips and information for undergraduate students, including career development courses you can take to help prepare for your future career.

Graduate and professional student resources

Whether you’re interested in an academic or nonacademic track after graduation, we have a variety of resources to help you reach your goals and enrich your career.


Log in with VCU eID and password. This website has information and resources to help students find global internships, jobs and study abroad experiences. This is also a great resource for International students looking for opportunities.