- Career Development
- Off Campus Opportunities
- Virtual Internship Experience
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
- Public Relations/Marketing
- Public Health
- 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
- 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