Internships and Co-Ops

Internships are one way to gain experience in your career field, while increasing your chances of landing a full-time job shortly after graduation. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where do I find an internship?

  • Internships can be found with employers across industries and throughout the United States. Students are encouraged to review employers' posted opportunities on HireVCURams

Who do I talk to first about finding an internship for credit?

  • Contact your academic advisor to learn about your department's process for pursuing an internship for academic credit . The career advisor assigned to your major can assist you with identifying opportunities and resources for your search for an internship that meets your academic requirement and experiential learning goals.

When should I begin looking for an internship?

  • It is never too early to collect information about employers, their internships and their recruiting cycles. The University Career Center helps students identify experiential learning opportunities throughout the year.  Many employers select their interns several months prior to the start date of the internship.  For example, some employers recruit in October for their summer internship programs.

How long are internships?

  • Most part-time internships range between 50 -150 hours during the semester or in the summer session.  Most full-time internships are offered in the summer.  Internships that earn academic credit awarded through an academic department have specific reporting requirements for the student and the employer.

What is cooperative education?

  • Employers posting a cooperative education position on HireVCURams are recruiting students from specific fields of study who meet certain eligibility requirements.  Cooperative education combines classroom learning with paid, supervised work.  In most circumstances, the employer initiates the cooperative education (co-op) position and recruits students to work in a highly structured environment for two or more semesters.  Students applying to an employer's cooperative education position should contact their career advisor to learn more about VCU's requirements.