Internships: Introduction

Gain valuable experience in a career field of interest
An internship is a great way to develop specific skills and knowledge, as well as make contacts and build confidence. More and more, employers assess the skills and abilities of prospective employees by evaluating their previous experiences. If you pursue career-related opportunities prior to graduation, you may have an edge over other candidates in a competitive job market.
Test out careers prior to graduation
An internship provides a more accurate picture of what individuals do in certain professions. Upon experiencing a particular job environment and seeing what it entails, you may decide it’s not for you. You then have the option to change your career plans and work to find a path that is a better match for your interests and skills.
How do I get started?
UCS offers a number of programs and services to assist you in your internship search! You may find your ideal internship using only one of these resources or through employing a combination of multiple resources.
If you find this information helpful and feel comfortable pursuing an internship of interest without further guidance from UCS, please email us and let us know which resources or tips you found most useful. If you would like to meet with a career advisor to discuss your interests or internship search strategy, we encourage you to review this information prior to your appointment.
  • CAVLink & On-Grounds Interviewing (OGI)
    UCS receives numerous independent notices of internships from a diverse group of organizations throughout the country. ALL notices received through our office are posted online in CAVLink. These notices are posted specifically for U.Va. students and are only accessible through a password-protected site. Students are encouraged to search it often for the most up-to-date listings as new postings are added every day.

    Many internships in the corporate sector are obtained through OGI. Employers who participate in OGI visit Grounds to conduct interviews with students. These positions are listed within CAVLink and are only viewable after you have participated in an OGI Orientation. Visit the CAVLink page to learn more.
  • List of websites with internship postings
    View a list of sites with internship postings, including "general" sites as well as those with postings geared towards specific career fields. Note: UCS does not endorse the organizations or sites listed on this page. They are provided as potential resources to supplement your internship search.
  • Online subscriptions to internship posting sites through MyUCS account
    MyUCS is a portal to job and internship-related subscription services. By creating an account with your U.Va. computing/email ID, you have FREE access to sites which are otherwise fee-based. Once logged in, review the resources listed under 'Online Job/Internship Resources.'
  • Internship-focused emails from the Experiential Learning career counselor
    Throughout the academic year (no more than once per week), the Experiential Learning career counselor may send emails with timely internship information to students with a CAVLink account. Be sure to create an account if you wish to receive these messages.
  • Print resources in UCS library
    Visit the UCS library between 8:00am – 5:00pm and review the opportunities listed in the books in the Internship section. A number of internship directories and resource guides provide detailed information on existing programs. Both general internship books and guides for specific fields are available.
  • Essential Internship Resource Tours
    Learn about the print and online internship resources that UCS offers in its library! A Career Peer Educator will guide you through a small-group orientation, introducing you to resources that can supplement your internship search or help you begin. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required (opens 2 weeks before the date of the orientation).
  • Spring Job & Internship Fair
    The Spring Job & Internship Fair brings recruiters from over 120 corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to U.Va. to meet students from all majors seeking full-time employment or internship experience. To review a list of employers participating this year (and to see who has participated in previous years), visit the fair’s event page.
Want to make an appointment to meet with a career counselor? Call UCS at 924-8900.