The number of college students participating in internship opportunities, regardless of major or course of study, continues to grow each year. More and more employers expect graduates to have real-world experience, and colleges and universities increasingly are encouraging students to participate in formal internship programs and academic credit options.
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.
Start your search today
It is never too early to begin your planning using the resources available to you through Career Services.
Research career fields
Understanding how your interests, skills and experiences match with the variety of career fields out there is an important step in helping you target employers you’d like to work for and jobs you’d like to apply for. Start exploring.
Meet with your career adviser
Every student at VCU has a career adviser who can meet individually to discuss your career and internship goals. Will an internship help you with your career development? When should you pursue an internship? Should you have more than one? Sign up for an individual advising session to discuss these and any other questions.
Search for opportunities
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.
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.
OUT for Work Career Center Library
This website offers LGBTQ career resources, including job and internship search, resumes, interviews and info on coming out at work. The library houses books, magazines, links and video clips.
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