VIP Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is a virtual internship? Is it real?
Yes, a virtual internship is a real internship. As a virtual intern, students will have an internship supervisor, co-workers, teammates, and/or clients they will work with. Students can expect to contribute to their employer through working on tangible projects throughout the semester.
What are the advantages of having a virtual internship over an in-office internship?
Each type of internship has its own unique benefits. A virtual internship relies on a student's ability to work independently and in a self-directed manner. One perk of having a virtual internship is that a student can work in his or her own space, whether that is a dorm, a library, a coffee shop or outdoors. Another perk is that a student can work on his or her own schedule. We recognize that not everyone works best on a standard 9-5 operating schedule. Some individuals come up with their best and brightest ideas late at night, while some individuals like to get their work done in spurts throughout the day. Whatever your working style is, a virtual internship offers an incredibly high level of flexibility in time and space.
Are the internships paid?
Students are provided with a stipend of a minimum of $250.00. Depending on the employer, stipends can range from $250-$1000 for the semester. The job description will indicate the stipend amount for each specific position.
How will I interact with my supervisor and co-workers?
Virtual interns primarily produce work and connect with people remotely but not all interactions may be virtual. Occasionally, employers will want to meet in person, depending on the location of the internship. There are a variety of methods available to interact with your employer, co-workers and clients as well. Aside from traditional methods, such as e-mail and phone, virtual interns can connect through Skype, video-conferencing, online meetings, and virtual chats. Because staying connected is a critical part of a virtual internship, the Virtual Internship Program will have workshops to help you improve your skills in communicating, working on a virtual team, etc. Additionally, your program manager will be there to support you throughout your internship, should you have any questions that arise.
Am I eligible to apply if I am studying abroad?
Yes, students studying abroad are encouraged to apply. Applications are submitted on LionSHARE through the Center for Career Education web site for all of the internship programs. If you are abroad, please indicate this on your cover letter. If you are selected for an interview, we will arrange a phone or video interview with you.
What kinds of program activities are organized during the internship period?
Students participating in the VIP are provided with pre-program training to help them learn about resources available to them, logistics of the program, as well as insight on how to have a successful internship experience. Specialized workshops pertaining to working in a virtual environment are offered to enhance the virtual internship experience. Students will meet with a designated advisor from CCE during the program to both provide feedback about the internship and have an opportunity to ask questions and share stories about their experience. Additionally, students will be offered networking opportunities and career development events to sharpen their professional skills.
Can I apply for more than one internship?
Yes, you may apply for up to three internships offered through the VIP. You will be able to click on a link in the LionSHARE program description to read about all the positions available.