Internships / Volunteering / Summer Jobs

The internship program at PVCC offers work experience in business, industry, government, nonprofits or professional associations while you are enrolled as a student at PVCC. Practical work experience coupled with your academic studies can help you achieve your career goals and educational objectives.

Internships may be paid or unpaid. You also may use your current employer as an internship site, provided the work you perform is related to your program of study and includes new learning experiences and objectives. Internship opportunities are offered through the following programs of study:

How do I get started with an internship-for-course credit?

  • Review the Student Information Packet.
  • Research internship opportunities (see below).  Consider internship opportunities available through your professional network.
  • Email for an appointment to review internship requirements / expectations.

The appointment with Career Services will answer all of your internship questions. Including:

  • How an internship can help you get a job
  • Which employers utilize PVCC interns and how to get an internship
  • The internship course registration process
  • How many hours a week you will work to earn credits
  • Other academic requirements you will be expected to complete during the semester
  • How to make a lasting positive impression at your internship
  • How to update your resume to showcase your academic accomplishments

How do I find local / virtual internships?

Research employers / opportunities

Check out previously posted opportunities:

Multiple Areas of Study
  • Apex Clean Energy has paid internships ($15/hour) in many areas:  Information Technology, Project Management, Human Resources, Marketing & Communications, Public Engagement, Land Management and more!
  • CATO Institute in DC seeks paid ($1000/month) Summer Research or Communications Interns interested in public policy geared toward free markets / limited government (on multiple topics:  healthcare, education, taxation, foreign affairs, criminal justice, etc).  Apply by 2/15.
  • Charlottesville Opera has paid internships (typically a $500 stipend) in a number of areas: Artistic Administration, Education, Marketing, and Music.
  • Charlottesville Community Attention Youth Internship Program (CAYIP) places Charlottesville City residents ages 14-21 in local internships that pay a stipend up to $100/week. Apply between 5/5/20-6/12/20.
  • Dominion Energy seeks paid Summer Interns (in Mineral or Richmond) in a number of areas: Engineering, Business/Finance/Marketing/Communications and Environmental/Construction/Land.
  • Federal Aviation Minority Service Institutions Intern Program.  Paid ($16/hour) internships seeking applicants from multiple majors (technical, industrial and business).
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) seeks students from many program areas (accounting, IT, STEM, foreign languages, visual arts, marketing, etc.) for their summer internships.  Apply by 9/30/20.
  • K2 Dental Arts seeks Clinical Interns and Marketing Interns.
  • Macmillan Publishing Services (MPS) seeks IT, Finance, Inventory and Human Resources paid interns. Located between Gordonsville and Orange.  Email to apply.
  • MicroAire seeks paid 2019 Summer Interns in the following areas: Quality Assurance, Marketing, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Design Engineering.
  • Mind & Life Institute seeks interns in the following areas: communications, philanthropy and programs.
  • NASA Langley offers a number of paid summer internships in Engineering, Accounting, Procurement, Physical Science and Technician.  Apply by the end of May for the fall semester, by mid-October for the spring semester and by March 1 for the summer session.
  • Northrop Grumman (No.Va.) has paid summer internships in Engineering, Project Management, Business & Cyber. The majority of their hiring is done in the fall for their summer internships.
  • Parra Consulting Group has HUBZone Internships to perform research, projects and conference preparation. This includes digital art/marketing, editing, and business development. You must live in a HUBZone (historically underutilized business zones) to pursue this opportunity (a small segment of Charlottesville qualifies).
  • Pfizer offers a digital internships in a number of areas - Project Coordinator, Business Analyst, Data Analyst/Scientist, Software Developer, Quality Assurance, Cyber Security, Information Security and Engineering
  • The Boar's Head Resort offers Culinary, Hospitality Management, Marketing and more Internships.
  • The Borgen Project, an innovative campaign to improve global poverty seeks interns/volunteers who can telecommute. Areas include PR/marketing, Journalism, Writing/Editing, Human Resources, and Political Affairs.
  • The Koch Internship Program (KIP) seeks paid interns interested in learning more about non-profits for either spring, summer or fall. Areas include communications, fundraising, grants admin, human resources, market research, operations, education, policy/research, and technology.
  • Thomas Jefferson Foundation (Monticello) seeks Summer Interns (some paid; some unpaid) in a number of areas: Curatorial, Education, Development, Gardens, Horticulture, Human Resources, Marketing, Restoration, Videography, Special Events. 
  • UpScale Security Consulting seeks Cybersecurity and Police Science AAS Interns.
  • U.S. Department of State Student Programs - The majority are unpaid opportunities in DC and embassies around the world. Check out their Pathways Program for paid positions.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation - Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups. Must be a sophomore to apply. Deadline: 1/31/21.
  • U.S. Forest Service / Environment for the Americas hires paid interns (with benefits) for 6-12 month internships in OH, IL, LA, NE & WV.  Apply by 7/13/20.
  • U.S. Government has a Virtual Student Federal Service program (these are remote internships in multiple government organizations).  Apply on between July 1-31/20.
  • Virginia Department of Forestry has paid summer internships ($10.50/hour) for students interested in natural resources/forestry science, conservation, and information technology and program administration. Apply by 4/12/20.
  • Virginia Government Internship site that links to multiple departments across the state.
  • Washington DC WiSE / WISH Internship Program seeks students interested in being placed into MANY different DC-based internships (housing and placement fee would apply but scholarships are available) PLUS they seek interns to support their program (unpaid but housing provided!): Photography & Graphic Design, Event Planning & Social Media, Business Management and Sales & Marketing.
  • Wolf Trap Summer Opportunities (NoVa) offers paid summer internships in Accounting, Box Office, Communications / Marketing, Development, Education and IT (apply by 2/1) and paid summer apprenticeships (apply by 3/1) in Artistic Administration, Costuming, Stage Management and Technical Theater.  For fall semester internships, apply by 7/1.

STEM / Computer / Electronics

Business / Financial / Office Administration

Marketing / Editing / Graphic Design / Arts

Human Services / Education

Non-profit / Politics / Public Service


Hospitality / Culinary

Outdoor / Horticulture / Construction