Information about Internships
of an Internships:
Although internships vary greatly from one organization
to the next, the term traditionally refers to real-world work
experiences in which students fulfill short-term positions within
a company or organization in order to gain hands-on experience
and develop career-specific skills. Sponsoring agencies generally
work with the student to meet specific learning goals and provide
special mentoring or networking opportunities. In exchange, the
intern helps the employer in meeting overall work goals for the
agency/company. Internships may be paid or un-paid, with or without
academic credit, and are of varying lengths (a semester, a summer,
a year, etc). Please see our FAQ's
section to learn more.
Internships provide an opportunity to gain valuable experience
in a career field that interests you. It's a great way to gain
specific skills and knowledge as well as make contacts and build
confidence. More and more, employers are using work experiences
as screening devices to assess the skills and abilities of prospective
employees. Employers like to see that you've had some type of
related experience before they consider you for a position. Having
additional work experience before applying gives you an edge over
other candidates in a competitive job market.
Internships also give you the opportunity to test out careers
prior to graduation. An internship provides a more accurate picture
of what individuals do in certain professions. Upon experiencing
a particular job environment and seeing what it entails, you may
decide it's not for you. You then have the option to change your
career plans and work to find a path that is a better match for
your interests and skills. Career counselors at UCS can help you
make this transition.
Through the University of Virginia
Although UCS does not provide academic credit and placement
services for internships,* we meet with
hundreds of students a year who are seeking guidance in finding
internships on their own. We also provide excellent print, on-line
and people resources to assist you with your search.
UCS receives numerous independent notices of internships from
a diverse group of organizations throughout the country. Occasionally,
UCS will advertise these notices in the Cavalier Daily if the
particular company would be of significant interest to a large
number of students. However, ALL notices received through our
office are posted on-line through a contract with MonsterTrak.
These notices are posted specifically for UVA students and are
only accessible through a password protected site. All students
seeking internships and jobs are directed to this service and
encouraged to search it often for the most up-to-date listings
as new postings are added every day. Hard-copies of these listings
are printed in our Internship Newsletter on a monthly basis which
may be obtained at the UCS Information Desk.
for UVA internship listings, visit www.monstertrak.com
and follow these links:
University of Virginia from the list of participating schools.
UVA password (which may be obtained at UCS Information Desk,
Jobs & Internships
UCS provides individual counseling appointments as well as small
group advising sessions.
This annual two day event in February brings company representatives
to UVA to discuss their internship opportunities with interested
students. For more information, see our February Event
On-Grounds Interviewing (OGI)
Many internships in the corporate sector are obtained through
this program. For more information, please refer to the OGI
As an alternative to formal internship programs, UCS offers the
Extern Program, a one-week mini-internship which does not involve
pay or academic credit. UCS staff work to place you at the organizations
you request. For more information, please refer to the Extern
you are looking for academic credit for your internship experience,
please visit the website of the University
Internship Program, UVA's only formal internship program.
You may also work with a professor for independent study in conjunction
with related work experience.