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Student opportunities in Career and Professional Development


Opportunities for currently enrolled undergraduate students:

Peer Career Advisor (PCA) Program

  • Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) are trained undergraduate students. 
  • Main responsibilities include advising, outreach and education, and programming assistance. PCAs are highly-valued members of the CPD team.
  • First-year and second-year Virginia Tech students may apply in fall semester to begin training in spring semester. PCAs are paid for their training and work hours.
  • Three semester commitment; opportunity to continue beyond that.

Part-time employment for undergraduates

  • We hire students to work with our professional staff in employer relations, reception desk, Health Professions Advising, and other areas.
  • Our student employees are highly valued members of our staff who acquire resume-building experience and participate in professional development.
  • Positions are paid through work-study funding, administered by the Financial Aid office; only students eligible for work-study may apply. (CPD has no authority over the work-study program.)
  • Open positions will be posted in Handshake.

Opportunities for graduate students:

Graduate assistantship (GA) position

  • For a master's level graduate student at Virginia Tech in the Higher Education program or the Counselor Education program, who is interested in a career in college student services, advising, or human resources.
  • Fall through spring semester.
  • Paid position.
  • Work 20 hours per week.

Graduate practica and internships

  • Open to graduate students from Virginia Tech and other institutions.
  • Typically one semester to meet requirements of their graduate program for a work experience in a professional environment.
  • Unpaid experience.
  • Hours per week depend on the requirements of the graduate program.