Get experience before graduation
Research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers has demonstrated a strong positive relationship between a student having an internship and an increased probability of that student receiving a full-time job offer prior to graduation.
Internships are designed to be exploratory — a great chance for you to explore a potential career field or organization before committing to a full-time job. Internships can be paid or unpaid. The most effective internships are project-based and connected to your field of study or career interests. Other ways to get experience in your chosen career path before graduation include both externships and research experience.
Try using our job and internship search worksheet to help you kick-start your internship search.
There are an endless number of places where internships are posted. Here is a selection of some of the most reputable and helpful websites for your internship search.
This comprehensive job and internship search tool posts opportunities specifically targeted to the VCU student/alumni talent pool.
VCU Career Services, Business Career Services, and Engineering Career Services have recently partnered with Parker Dewey to begin promoting micro-internships and project-based work opportunities to all VCU students. Micro-internships and project-based work can help students build their experience and find great organizations to connect with now and for the future. Parker Dewey is a free platform that allows students to demonstrate skills and explore career paths across different fields, industries and disciplines. Projects exist for all majors and can incorporate a student’s outside experience/interests learned outside of their major. Registration details for Students, Alumni, and Employers can be found on VCU's Parker Dewey website.
The largest Web-based internship marketplace is searchable by interest, geography, pay, etc., and also includes an Internship Predictor assessment to help you target internships with the best fit.
ConnectVA provides information, resources and instant access to nonprofits, civic leaders, volunteers and others interested in improving Metro Richmond. The Job Finder is a great place to find local area jobs and internships focused on the nonprofit community.
Go Government is a project of the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization Partnership for Public Service, which works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve. Use the website to find and apply for federal government jobs.
This searchable database of nonprofit organizations and opportunities is a great resource for Washington, D.C.-area nonprofit internships and international opportunities.
This government website offers internships and jobs for recent graduates.
- Employers are interested in communication, problem-solving, and administrative skills, which can be developed through internships.
- Employers look for experience on a student's resume and often hire from within their own internship programs.
- Having a high GPA is not enough.
- A strong letter of recommendation from an internship supervisor can often tip the scale of an important interview in their favor.