“We take an alternative approach to the career fair model, as shown below, where companies spend a significant amount of time visiting campuses to search for students with a lower probability of identifying students who best align with their needs. Our corporate partners build their talent pipeline with Virginia Tech’s finest students. And our students immerse into the entrepreneurial and corporate world of business, learning, and developing the necessary abilities to thrive in a competitive, innovation-based economy, all within a global context” 

-iScholars Coordinator

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Interested in Having an Intern?

If you are interested in hosting iScholar students, please contact the iScholars Coordinator, iScholars@vt.edu. iScholar Interns are selected from a highly competitive pool of Virginia Tech undergraduates from all 7 colleges and represent a broad variety of disciplines. They are available to intern during the academic year part-time or for 12 weeks in the summer, from mid-May to mid-August, full-time. iScholar students stay at WeLive in Crystal City, Virginia Tech’s Gallery in Alexandria or find their own living arrangements. In preparation for their internships, iScholar students are required to enroll in a course held each fall semester. The course enhances students understanding of critical thinking, problem-solving, the process of innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise skills , and business principles as they prepare to go through the rigorous iScholars internship-seeking process. They also focus on base-line skills such as presentations, communication, professionalism, and how to be proactive in a corporate setting.

Time Lines

July 15th - August 31st, 2017: Student Hiring Materials Gathered

September 1st, 2017: iScholars Student Portal becomes available to employers

November 20th 2017: Begin Hiring Period*

April 15th, 2018: End of Hiring Period*

May 21st, 2018: Students begin summer internships

August 10th, 2018: Studnets end summer internships

*Contingent on employer timesline

 

February 1st, 2018: iScholars Student Application Opens

April 30th, 2018: 2018-2019 Newly Accepted iScholars Announced

July 15th - August 31st, 2018: Student Hiring Materials Gathered

September 1st, 2018: iScholars Student Portal becomes available to employers

November 2018: Begin Hiring Period*

April 15th, 2019: End of Hiring Period*

May 22nd, 2019: Students begin summer internships

August 2019: Student end summer internships

 

What will having an iScholars intern do for me?

As an intern site host of the iScholars program, you will gain access to an amazing pool of top-tier talent at Virginia Tech. Our students are well-known for their ability to think critically, problem-solve, identify new opportunities and are incredible productive and reliable interns. These students are leaders and are equipped with a strong work ethic and incredible skills. Our iScholars are recruited from Virginia Tech's top leadership programs. The opportunity you provide as a host for an internship will allow our students to practice their training they gain in our coursework and experiential learning opportunities. Your involvement is critical in helping Virginia Tech train the next generation workforce.

From where do employers source their interns and co-ops? And when do they start the recruiting process?

In 2017, employers sourced approximately half of their interns and co-ops from open applications and about 40 percent directly from their contacts at career centers, according to NACE’s 2017 Internship & Co-op ReportContinue reading....

15 BEST PRACTICES FOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS

BEST PRACTICE #1: PROVIDE INTERNS WITH REAL WORK ASSIGNMENTS.*

Providing interns with real work is number one to ensuring your program’s success. Interns should be doing work related to their major, that is challenging, that is recognized by the organization as valuable, and that fills the entire work term.

You can guarantee that hiring managers provide real work assignments by checking job descriptions, emphasizing the importance of real work assignments during a manager/mentor orientation sessions, and communicating with interns frequently throughout the work term to determine who they perceive what they are doing. Continue Reading...