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 careers@pvcc.edu 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
  • Amazon has paid internships worldwide (with some in No.Va. by clicking on the Herndon, Virginia USA location) in Information Technology, Business Management, Marketing, Data Science and Administrative Support.
  • 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!
  • Charlottesville Community Attention Youth Internship Program (CAYIP) places Charlottesville City residents ages 14-21 in local internships that pay a stipend of up to $10/hour (not to exceed $1200/session which runs 6/21-7/31). Apply b 4/29/22 (5:00pm). 
  • Chesapeake Conservation Corp. is a 1-year program which has multiple placements in 7 categories: environmental restoration OR education, climate change, forestry, sustainable agriculture, energy conservation, and community engagement. Housing assistance may be provided in some placements (see each description on their website).  Apply by 3/3/22.  
  • Dominion Energy seeks paid Summer Interns (in Mineral or Richmond) in a number of areas: Engineering, Business/Finance/Marketing/Communications and Environmental/Construction/Land.
  • The Executive Office of the President (EOP) has launched a paid Internship program that will provide a $6000 stipend to work in DC for the summer which is affiliated with 14 different government entities including the Office of Science & Technology, Office of National Cyber Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy and more! The application period is open between 4/29/22-5/10/22 for the summer; apply between 6/13/22-6/24/22 for the fall term internship. 
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) seeks students from many program areas (accounting, IT, STEM, foreign languages, visual arts, marketing, etc.) for their paid (GS4 for undergraduate students) summer internships.  Apply in the early part of the Fall semester.
  • Mind & Life Institute seeks paid interns ($12/hour) in the following areas: digital content & media, programs & events, and advancement.
  • NASA offers a number of paid internships in Engineering, Accounting, Information Technology, Business and the Sciences.  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
  • Student Action with Farmworkers "Into the Fields" program has 10-week paid internship placements ($4250) in both NC and SC that can involve health clinics, legal aid offices, migrant education state programs, and community organizations that provide direct services to farmworkers. Housing is provided! Apply by 2/7/22.
  • 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) seehttps://charleskochinstitute.org/educational-programs/koch-internship-program/ks 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 - They are changing the Fall 2022 unpaid internships to paid internships in DC and embassies around the world (if you applied for an unpaid internship, reapply by 4/12/22 for a paid position). Also check out their Pathways Program for paid positions.  Learn more about their opportunities from a PVCC alumnus.
  • U.S. Department of Transportation - Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups. Must be a sophomore to apply. Housing provided.  Deadline: 1/31/22.
  • U.S. Forest Service / Environment for the Americas has a number of different opportunities with the Youth Conservation Corps, Resource Assistants Program or Pathways Internships. 
  • U.S. Government has a Virtual Student Federal Service program (these are remote internships in multiple government organizations).  Apply on USAJOBS.gov between July 1-31/21. Learn more about this program from a PVCC alumnae.
  • U.S. Government - Students & Recent Graduates Pathways Program or visit USAJobs.gov to quickly search for opportunities
  • 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 Department of Veterans Services (in Richmond) has paid ($15/hour) summer Internships in a number of areas: Communications, Finance, Education/Business/HR, Information Technology, Cybersecurity, and Benefits.  Apply by 4/29/22.  
  • 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, Graphic Design, Development, Education and Information Technology (apply by 4/1) and paid summer apprenticeships (apply by 4/1) in Artistic Administration, Costuming, Stage Management and Technical Theater.  For fall semester internships, apply by 7/1.

STEM / Computer / Electronics

Business / Financial / Office Administration / Accounting

Marketing / Editing / Graphic Design / Arts

Education / Recreation / Human Services

  • Abundant Life has a 2-year paid internship ($10+/hour depending on experience) as a Fellow in their after school academic program that starts August 2022.  They seek volunteers year round to help with afterschool young girls' enrichment program.  
  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is seeking 2 college students to assist with the Summer Food Service Program Sites. $2700 stipend.  Plus they seek volunteers at all times of the year.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia seeks a Data / Evaluation Intern and an Event Planning/Fundraising Intern.
  • Brooks Family YMCA seeks summer Camp Counselors, Lifeguards, Swim Instructors and more!
  • Camp LIGHT (Waynesboro) seeks summer volunteers to work with special needs and at-risk youth.
  • Charlottesville Parks & Rec consistently seeks Sports Officials/Umpires ($25/game) and Customer Service Attendants (II=$16.50/hour; I=$15/hour)
  • Hospice of the Piedmont seeks volunteers in a number of program areas - direct services to patients and families, special events including camps for kids, educational programs, health fairs, clerical services and more.
  • Innisfree Village seeks Residential Volunteers for a one-year commitment to support their lifesharing community for adults with disabilities located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Room and board, health insurance and a modest stipend are provided.  Application deadlines are 3/1, 7/1 and 11/1 for start dates of 5/15, 9/15, 1/15.
  • International Rescue Committee (IRC) seeks part-time Interns and full-time Americorps members to support their mission of helping refugees and immigrants resettle in the local area.  They also seek Volunteers.
  • Jefferson Area Board of Aging (JABA) seeks volunteers to help as School-based Mentors, Insurance Counselors, Long-term Care Ombudsmen, Activity Leaders, Administrative Support and more!
  • Literacy Volunteers seeks ESL Tutors. Due to the training involved, they prefer tutors who can volunteer for a year.
  • Living Earth School, a nature connection school hires instructors, interns, kitchen staff and more for their summer program.  Apply by 3/15 (most of their hiring is done by the end of March).
  • Monticello's Education & Visitors Programs Dept. seeks Volunteers for 2021. Email Robert Dewberry at rdewberry@monticello.org.
  • Operation Hope seeks volunteer Financial Advisors to help low-income people achieve self-sufficiency.
  • Saint Nicholas Learning Center (Palmyra) seeks FT summer or PT academic year interns ages 16+ to work with children ages 3-12.
  • The Sexual Assault Resource Agency seeks Volunteers for their 24/7 Hotline.  Must be available for training.
  • STEAM Discovery Academy seeks summer and year-long educators paying $550/week with a two week minimum commitment.
  • Virginia Discovery Museum seeks volunteers to help with the front desk, the gallery, events and maintenance (you get free parking, free museum passes and fun!). 
  • The Women's Initiative seeks Volunteers to help with their front desk, child care and event management.
  • WorldStrides' Envision Experience program offers free housing / meals / travel plus an hourly wage (starts at $15/hour) to educate K-12 students about a number of different topics (business, healthcare, STEM, civil service + more!) with programs being offered in different states (the nearest being Washington DC/Maryland).  Apply by 5/31/22.  The National Youth Leadership Forum: National Security forum is hiring 20 advisors for Summer 2022.  

Non-profit / Politics / Public Service  / Criminal Justice

Healthcare or Animal Care

Hospitality / Culinary

  • Glacier National Park (in Montana) has summer (and year-long) opportunities in either guest services, retail, or food & beverage positions. Complimentary housing. $500=$1000 bonus for culinary positions!  
  • Lake Monticello Golf Club seeks Summer Interns to learn about food & beverage management (both front and back of the house), culinary arts, marketing and sales.
  • Keswick Hall & Golf Club seeks a Cook Intern ($11/hour).  Email resume to jhoffman@keswick.com.
  • The Greenbrier Sporting Club (in WV) seeks Interns in a number of areas to include culinary, accounting, marketing, property development, fitness, etc.
  • Wintergreen (in Nelson Co.) seeks culinary interns - particularly during the winter season.  Email Dennys Medrano for more information - dmedrano@WintergreenResort.com.  

Outdoor / Horticulture / Skilled Trades