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Virtual Internship Experience

Program Overview

What if location, transportation, and class schedules didn't prevent you from getting an internship? Imagine the opportunities that open up when you use virtual space for its flexibility and connections, without the loss of professionalism. Virtual Internship Experience (VIE) helps burst the Simon’s Rock bubble by promoting virtual internships with organizations locally and around the world.

What is a virtual internship? Like regular internships, virtual internships provide an opportunity for students to grow professionally by building skills and exploring a career; unlike regular internships, virtual internships proceed almost entirely online. Interns contribute to projects while working remotely, completing the majority of their work and interacting with co-workers, clients, and supervisors from campus.

VIE coordinates virtual internships offered by organizations or initiated by students in a variety of career fields. Career Development further supports and encourages student interns through educational programming and space designed to enhance the virtual internship. CD also serves as a liaison for partner organizations to help match opportunities with strong candidates. Internships opportunities may include positions in:

  • Public Relations/Marketing
  • Consulting
  • Start-Ups
  • Public Health
  • Not-for-Profit/NGO
  • Arts Administration
  • Legal Advocacy

Features & Benefits

The Virtual Internship program offers a combination of internship experience, peer connections with other VIE interns, and professional career development support.

Typical internships feature:  

  • Semester-long project based internship for 5-20 hours per week, you can make real contributions to an organization and build skills; internships may be paid or unpaid depending on the organization and may be for-credit depending on your academic plans.
  • Professional training support through your internship provider through Career Development Passport to Professionalism resources; training builds competencies in communications, goal setting, navigating a virtual work environment, and more to help you get the most out of your internship.
  • Priority access to software access to loaded Career Development computers in Win Commons; software packages like Adobe Creative Cloud can be used for for-credit internships.
  • Career Development Workshops career counseling professionals and guest speakers address topics such as resumes, interviewing, communication, networking, entrepreneurship, and more.
  • On-demand work troubleshooting enables students to draw on staff or alumni expertise to help maximize internship outcomes and solve problems throughout the internship.
  • Internship Debrief Personal Session reflection on the internship, goal attainment analysis, and personal and professional development discussion.
  • Celebration of Student Achievement end-of-year presentation of intern experiences.

By completing a Virtual Internship Experience, students gain:

  • Professional skills in communication, project management, and organization
  • Capabilities for initiative, problem-solving, and self-directed work
  • Network contacts for future career development
  • Familiarity with workplace technology for completing projects and communicating
  • Industry and field knowledge related to their organizations and projects