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For undergraduate students: paid, part-time internships with Virginia Tech offices

Virginia Tech Campus internEXP

  • Career and Professional Development (CPD) is pleased to offer Campus internEXP to support the university’s goal to increase experiential learning opportunities for students.
  • The program launched for internships that started in fall 2021. Internships are offered during academic terms of fall, spring, and summer.
  • In this program, internships are:
    • Paid;
    • Part-time;
    • For undergraduate students;
    • Working for Virgnia Tech offices;
    • Remote, or in person, or hybrid.
      (In-person internships will be located on the Blacksburg campus.)

More details for students and faculty / staff:
pay rates, funding, work terms, work hours, location

  • Are internships in-person or virtual?
    If in-person, what is the location?

    Internships may be remote, or in-person, or hybrid.
    In-person internships may be offered at any of our campuses in Virginia. Please check individual postings for more information.

  • When can internships occur?
    Fall, spring, and summer semesters. (The first work term for this program was fall 2021.)

  • How many hours per week, and in total, do interns work?
    Interns may work 10-20 hours per week. Interns may not work more than 20 hours per week.
    Each host office will specify in their job description the number of work hours and when the work hours need to occur.
    Interns must work a minimum of 150 hours total during an academic term.

  • What is the hourly pay rate, and what is the funding source?
    All students who work through Campus internEXP are paid an hourly rate aligned with the minimum wage requirements of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Tech.
    For work terms starting on or after Jan. 1, 2023, the hourly minimum wage is $12.00.
    The funding source will be the university office hosting the intern.

More information for faculty and staff who wish to hire paid student interns

Thank you for your interest! This is an opportunity to hire a student to help in your office and contribute skills and ideas, and for you to mentor the student.

Learning more:

  • What offices at Virginia Tech can host interns?
    Any office at Virginia Tech may apply to host an intern.

  • Who can be a supervisor?
    Any full-time faculty member or staff member may apply to host and supervise an intern.
    You must attend a one-hour information session (by Zoom).

  • When are the prospective supervisor info sessions?
    See supervisor dates and deadlines, by work term, below.

  • What does the required information session cover?
    The information session (by Zoom) will cover: general program information, a detailed timeline, expectations, job description tips and examples, and the benefits to you as a supervisor and host office.

Applying to host an intern:

  • Who should submit the application for a Virginia Tech office?
    The application should be submitted by the faculty member or staff member who will serve as supervisor.

  • How do I access the intern hosting application?
    The application will be provided to you when you attend the supervisor information session.

  • What is the deadline to submit an application to host an intern?
    See supervisor dates and deadlines, by work term, below.

  • How will supervisors and host offices be selected?
    We explain this fully in the supervisor information sessions.

Dates and deadlines for prospective supervisors

For summer 2024 work term:

  • Required info session for prospective supervisors:
    Five sessions offered; all by Zoom. Attend one.
    Offered every Thursday in February.
    Dates are Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2024.
    Register for an info session.
  • Supervisor application deadline to host an intern:
    Fr. March 1, 2024.

More information for students who wish to apply for paid internships

Thank you for your interest! This is an opportunity to apply to work in a paid internship for a Virginia Tech office on the Blacksburg campus. If hired, you will develop professional skills through career-related projects. Your supervisor will be a full-time faculty member or staff member who will also serve as a mentor to you.

Learning more:

  • What academic levels may qualify?
    Undergraduate students of any academic level may apply, with one exception. Incoming first-year students may not apply to work during your first semester at Virginia Tech.
    Incoming transfer students would qualify to apply prior to your first semester at Virginia Tech.

  • What are the qualifications to apply for specific internships?
    Who makes the hiring decision?
    Each host office that hires interns will set its own qualifications, and that office will review student applications and make their own hiring decision. The supervisor for the internship will participate in required training on ethical and equitable recruitment, interviewing, and hiring processes prior to reviewing applications.

  • How do I see the opportunities and apply?
    Once you have attended a required information session, you will be eligible to apply to the opportunities on Handshake.

  • When are the required information sessions for students and how do I sign up?
    View dates and deadlines for prospective interns below.

  • When are the internships posted for viewing?
    View dates and deadlines for prospective interns below.

Applying to be an intern:

  • What is the deadline to apply for an internship?
    View dates and deadlines for prospective interns below.

  • If I am hired as an intern, are there other requirements?
    Yes, you will be enrolled in CEP 3084, a zero-credit academic course, and you will set goals, develop career-ready skills, and reflect on your experience. This will be explained in the required information sessions for students. Also, if you are selected, you must attend a required orientation session for student interns, and we will provide all the guidance you need.

  • When are the required orientation sessions for students who are selected?
    Students who are hired will be notified of the dates and times of the required orientation sessions.

  • Will this internship appear on my transcript?
    Yes. CEP 3084 will appear on your transcript. Again, this is a zero-credit course.

Dates and deadlines for prospective interns

For summer 2024 work term:

  • Required info session for students: Details below
  • Internships posted to view: Wed. March 20, 2024
  • Deadline to apply: Wed. April 4, 2024

For questions about Campus internEXP that are not answered on this page, contact:

Program Manager
Phone: Career and Professional Development main number: 540-231-6241

Campus internEXP internships posted

Campus internEXP interns of the month

Maria, smiling

November 2023 intern of the month: Maria, Experiential Programs Operations Intern for Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development

"Maria is a fantastic student who has been a huge asset to the Career and Professional Development office and has earned this recognition. She has a strong work ethic and is always willing to assist with projects as needed."
- Jenean Meadows

Josh wearing a cap and sitting on a bench.

October 2023 intern of the month: Josh, Prototyping Studio Exhibition Intern for Virginia Tech University Libraries

"Josh has exhibited excellent time management and task management skills, versatility in picking up and utilizing new technologies, professionalism in communicating, perseverance in tackling new skills, and overall exceptional creativity in the work being accomplished."
- Max Ofsa

Photo of Victoria with books in background.

September 2023 intern of the month: Victoria, Studios Technical Writer Intern at Virginia Tech University Libraries Studios Network 

"Victoria's strengths lie in her self-motivation, time management and ability to work independently using the studios' resources. She did not have any training or exposure to 3D scanning before this internship but the technology does not intimidate her."
- Ellen Boggs

Julie, March 2023 intern of the month

March 2023 intern of the month: Julia, Science Communication Intern for Commonwealth Cyber Initiative

"Julia has been an inspiration for our office through her hard work and positivity. We have been so grateful for her focus, curiosity, and cheerful attitude, and will miss her terribly when she moves on."
- Kelly Izlar

Hannah, Feb. 2023 intern of the month

February 2023 Intern of the Month: Hannah, Career Outfitters Student Coordinator for Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development

"Students rave about Hannah and what a difference her kindness, care, genuine interest in their goals, and attention to detail makes as she helps find them a professional outfit, while educating them on other services and programs our office offers that may help them reach their own specific goals. Hannah not only leads the Career Outfitters shopping appointments, she also manages the incoming donations, creates our social media graphics, and co-facilitates our pop-up shops. Additionally, she assists with sustainability projects, other marketing initiatives, special workshops and events."
- Kayla Branson