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Student opportunities in Career & Professional Development


We offer four ways for students to acquire para-professional experience and learn through working in Career and Professional Development (CPD). There are two opportunities for undergraduate students currently enrolled at Virginia Tech. There are two opportunities for graduate students.

Opportunities for undergraduate students:

Peer Career Advisor (PCA) Program

  • Open to first-year and second-year Virginia Tech students who apply in fall semester to begin training in spring semester.
  • Paid position with paid training.
  • Three semester commitment:
    • Spring semester paid training, 3-4 hours per week.
    • Next academic year, fall through spring semesters, 10 hours per week.
  • Training, advising, project work to represent the office as a para-professional.

Part-time employment for undergraduates

  • CPD hires Virginia Tech 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, so Virginia Tech students eligible for work-study may apply; open positions will be posted in Handshake.

Opportunities for graduate students:

Graduate assistantship (GA) position

  • Position filled for 2019-2020.
  • For master's level graduate students at Virginia Tech who are in the Higher Education program or the Counselor Education program; for students 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 graduate programs and institutions.
  • Typically one semester experience for graduate students to meet the requirements of their graduate programs for a work experience in a professional environment.
  • Unpaid experience.
  • Hours per week depend on the requirements of the graduate program.