Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program

Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program Connects Companies with Virginia Undergraduate Students Looking for Paid Internship Opportunities

The Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) is a free, online tool, funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia and supported by the Virginia Governor's Office, which companies can utilize to find the interns of their choice from any accredited Virginia college or university.

Registering with the CSIIP is free, easy, and only takes a few minutes. Please visit CSIIP.ORG. Once registered, a link to the company's website is added to the CSIIP website such that all college/university students in Virginia can see the company's profile and know that the company offers internship positions. Over 240 companies are currently registered. A company can also post their available internship positons on the CSIIP that students can easily find.

Companies can search for interns utilizing a sophisticated search engine on the CSIIP website by entering any desired combination of search criteria (school, major, GPA, class standing, experience, any key words, etc.). Returned student profiles will contain: student contact information, school attending, major, GPA, class standing, a resume, a writing sample, two letters of reference, and the student's transcripts. It is then at the discretion of the company as whether to interview or subsequently hire any students. Companies establish their own pay rate and directly hire their interns. However, there is never any cost or obligation to hire.

Company recruiters who are too busy to utilize the CSIIP's search engine also have the option of having CSIIP staff perform a search for them to find their desired interns. The CSIIP is in collaboration with all accredited colleges and universities in Virginia, and CSIIP staff have access to all accredited college/university job placement offices, as well as most all STEM-related professors (basically thousands of contacts across almost all Virginia schools). In the unlikely event that CSIIP staff can't find the exact student skills/experience that a company desires in the CSIIP database, CSIIP staff can poll their numerous contacts at any or all Virginia schools to find the exact background and experience that a company desires. CSIP staff will also screen potential applicants to ensure they are still available and are interested in an internship with the prospective company prior to providing that company with the student applications. And, there is never any cost or obligation for this service.

There are also some other great benefits for company participation in the CSIP to include:

  • Upon completion of their internship, the company's interns will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by the Governor,
  • Participating companies making a student placement through the CSIIP receive a plaque from the VSGC that is also signed by the Governor,
  • CSIIP is also open to graduating seniors and recent graduates within one year of graduation. Therefore it offers companies the ability to evaluate potential new hires as interns, prior to making a permanent hire commitment.
  • Companies are also offered free additional PR:
    • Student hometown news releases are prepared and distributed by CSIIP staff, naming the hiring company, and the student, along with a brief description of the internship.
    • Via numerous state-wide and national briefings, participating organizations are noted.
    • Via delegate and Governor's Office queries, an organization's visibility is provided at the state legislature level.
CSIIP partners include: All ten of Virginia's regional technology councils, the Virginia Society for Human Resource Management, the Virginia Manufacturers Association, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Virginia, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, New College Institute, and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Please visit the CSIIP online to learn more, and to quickly and easily register your company with the CSIIP to gain access to hundreds of qualified students. If desired, staff can also provide assistance to find the interns of your choice for you, and there is never any cost or obligation. All you have to do is give them a call. If you need assistance, or have any questions, please contact Debbie Murray at or 757-766-5210.

The CSIIP is managed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC). The VSGC is a coalition of five Virginia colleges and universities, two NASA centers, state educational agencies, including the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia and the Virginia Community College System, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, and other institutions representing diverse aerospace and high technology education, workforce development and research interests. Part of NASA's Space Grant program, the VSGC acts as an umbrella organization, coordinating and developing high technology educational, workforce development and research efforts throughout the Commonwealth and connecting Virginia's effort to a national community of shared aerospace and high tech interests. Other VSGC offerings include: scholarships, fellowships, NASA internships, teacher/faculty professional development, student flight programs, pre-college student programs, and informal educational programs. Visit the VSGC website at