Intern Programs

George Mason University
University Career Services

University Career Services is a central resource for employers interested in recruiting Mason students.

Internships: Internships are work experiences that provide students with practical knowledge in a particular field or area of study. Internships may be paid or unpaid and may or may not be credit bearing. Credit for internships is arranged through the student's academic department. For more information about this document, contact University Legal Counsel

Cooperative Education (Co-op): Co-op is a structured program which enables students who meet specific eligibility requirements to gain paid, professional-level work experience related to their major and career plans. Co-op positions provided by employers must relate to the student's academic major, and at least 80% of the time on the job must be spent on tasks related to the student's field of study. A minimum of 12 consecutive weeks of work with the same organization is required.

Part-time, Career-related Jobs: Paid positions that may involve significant career-related tasks and allow students to get a "flavor" of a particular kind of organization or occupation. Summer positions are included in this category. Listing positions in HireMason: When posting internships on our HireMason site, employers are required to provide a minimum of two learning objectives for the internship that clearly and precisely describe what it is the intern will accomplish by performing a task(s).

Web site:
Contact: University Career Services
Phone: (703) 993-2370, fax 703-993-2361

George Washington University

GW's Center for Career Services is the central resource for students, alumni and employers focused on connecting Colonials to a wide range of career possibilities. GWork is our comprehensive online system that allows employers to organize all of their intern recruitment and hiring needs, and allows students to easily search for internship opportunities.

Web site:
Contact: GW Center for Career Services
Phone: (202) 994-6495

James Madison University

James Madison University is committed to working with employers to provide internship and other work related experiences for our students in numerous academic disciplines.

Internships are work experiences that allow students to gain practical skills and knowledge in a specific career field. Internships at JMU can be paid or unpaid, for academic credit or no credit. They can take place at any point in the semester, but are most often completed during the summer. Internships are encouraged in all majors at JMU and some majors require internships for academic credit as a requirement for graduation. Many academic departments have faculty who serve as internship coordinators and provide approval for experiences that have been acquired by the student in order to receive credit. Internships for academic credit have to be set up in advance with the student's academic department.

Career and Academic Planning (CAP) at JMU assists students with all aspects of internship preparation, such as writing resumes, cover letters and interviewing assistance as well as connecting with employers. CAP uses Handshake as its recruiting software platform which serves as a central resource for employers who want to recruit JMU students.

Career and Academic Planning is also the primary contact for employers who are interested in providing internship and other work related experiences for JMU students. If you are interested in learning more about our internship programs, you can visit the following sites and contact us directly by phone or email at any time.

Web site:
Contact: Career & Academic Planning
Phone: 540-568-7379

Marymount University
Career and Internship Center

Center for Career Services

At Marymount University, we strongly believe in the powerful role that internships can play in shaping a student's career path. Internships give students the opportunity to explore an area of interest in a professional environment while building skills and knowledge necessary for success in their field. The Center for Career Services distinguishes between two types of internship opportunities for our students: Professional and Pre-Professional Internships.

Professional (For-credit) Internships

All students at Marymount are required to complete a for-credit internship before graduating. Typically, students enroll in these internship experiences during their Junior or Senior year. In order to qualify for the Professional Internship, students must have completed 90 hours of coursework to ensure that they have sufficient classroom experience in their major to apply in the internship setting.

In order for an internship to qualify for-credit, the internship experience must provide ample opportunity for the student to utilize information learned in the classroom in a professional setting. Intern duties should have a professional component and/or involve direct observation of professional activities. Administrative tasks (i.e. general office work) should comprise less than 40% of the internship. Students generally must work 120 hours in order to qualify for 3 credits; 240 hours for 6 credits. Professional internships may be paid or unpaid.

All Professional Internships must be pre-approved by the Center for Career Services and the relevant academic department before the student begins the internship experience. Employers desiring to post a Professional Internship should contact the Center for Career Services at 703-284-5960.

Pre-Professional Internships

In addition to the Professional Internship which all students must complete before graduation, Marymount University students are encouraged to pursue multiple internships during their college career. These Pre-Professional Internships can take a variety of forms and consist of a wide range of duties. Pre-Professional Internships are an opportunity for students to gain exposure to their field, network with professionals, and begin to build job skills. Pre-Professional Internships may be paid or unpaid. However, Marymount University does not provide credit for Pre-Professional Internships. Employers desiring to post a Pre-Professional Internship should review the Center for Career Services posting guidelines.

Web site:
Contact: Center for Career Services
Phone: (703)-284-5960

University of Maryland

The University Career Center & The President's Promise provides comprehensive career assistance for all students enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Center offers an array of resources, services and programs that empower students to pursue internship experiences, including our robust Careers4Terps job/internship database, workshops and various credit-bearing career courses to assist in the internship search process and making the most of the experience. We also provide internship development consultation and a variety of opportunities for employers to connect and engaged internship-seeking students.

Web site:
Contact: Allynn Powell
Phone: 301-314-7237

Northern Virginia Community College– Annandale Campus
The Cooperative Education Program

The Cooperative Education Program enables students and employers to benefit from each other's needs and services. Students are able to gain experience and academic credit with the assistance of faculty and on-site professionals, and employers are able to gain access to a source of highly motivated and productive employees. If students meet the academic qualifications (having a 2.0 cumulative GPA; 15 earned credits and 6 credits in their major), students may complete a maximum of 3 semesters of co-op through NVCC and may enroll during any semester, however, they should submit materials 30 days prior to the end of the previous semester when they want to begin their co-op. Students may work part-time or full time and are required to register for the co-op course where they will complete a series of assignments. Internships may be paid or unpaid, but we do encourage employers to at least assist students in covering the cost of their transportation. Employers may learn more about their role in the co-op program at

Web site:
Contact: Jared Moffett
Phone: (703) 323-3719

University of Virginia's Biomedical Engineering/Chemical Engineering/Nanomedicine Industrial Internship Program

The BME Industrial Internship Program was created to provide opportunities for UVA students to gain practical experience working on real-world bioengineering-related projects in a corporate setting. Companies receive the benefit of engineering skills, current knowledge, leadership abilities and practical laboratory experience from our students. The program has been expanded to include Chemical Engineering and Nanomedicine students. These excellent students are anxious to identify solid work experiences in industry as well as academic laboratory settings. Please contact Bobbe Nixon for further details.

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Contact: Mrs. Roberta (Bobbe) A. Nixon, Director of Internships & Corporate Outreach for BME, CHE & Nano
Phone: (434) 243-6285
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Virginia International University
Academic Internship and Optional Practical Training Program

VIU's Academic Internship program gives students an opportunity to gain experience in their respective fields before graduation. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) are available to international F-1 students. Career Center database CSM allows employers to post their internship openings and review student résumés.

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Contact: Robyn Taylor, Career Center Manager
Phone: (703) 591-7042, x 366

Virginia Tech
Cooperative Education and Internship Program (CEIP)

The Career Services Cooperative Education / Internship Program is an undergraduate academic program to incorporate real world work experience and learning into the student's college academic experience.

Co-ops and internships give students educationally-related work and learning experience that integrates theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development on the job, and contributes to the development of personal and professional maturity and ethics.

Co-ops and internships give employers the opportunity to assist in the student's development, supplement their workforce with emerging talent, and enhance their long-range recruiting efforts by evaluating students' potential for employment at graduation.

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Contact: Lori Mitchell, Director of Cooperative Education and Internship Program
Phone: (540) 231-6241