Since 1976, approximately 7,500+ U.Va. students have been placed in professional practice internships through the University Internship Programs (UIP). UIP student interns have provided more than 1.5 million hours of service to the community. Each semester, UIP matches approximately 250 University of Virginia undergraduate student interns with 200 supervisors in business, government, and non-profit organizations in the Charlottesville area.
We continually seek to expand the breadth of the UIP. If you are an established organization in the Charlottesville area that currently employs at least three, full-time people and could benefit from the efforts of bright, talented University of Virginia students, we encourage you to consider participating in this unique opportunity. By partnering with the University Internship Programs, we hope to cooperatively provide students with a professional or semi-professional experience while also working to strengthen University-Community ties.
We are delighted at the prospect of working with you to develop and design internships that will meet the needs of both your organization and our student interns. Please review the information below and complete the "Internship Supervisor Application and Intern Request Form." We will review your application and request and get back in touch with you as soon as possible.
If you have questions about becoming a UIP internship supervisor, or need assistance in developing your internship description, please contact Karen A. Farber, Director, Ph.D., M.B.A., University Internship Programs, at 434-982-5552, KFarber@Virginia.edu.
University Internship Programs (UIP) Overview & Internship Options
The University Internship Program (UIP) is an experiential learning, service learning, and civic engagement activity. The UIP has two parts: an academic seminar and a professional practice internship. The two parts, seminar and internship, are inseparable. One is not available to the intern without the other.
Interns are enrolled in upper-division Sociology and Psychology seminars that require participation in an internship. Forty percent of the student's final course grade is determined by the internship supervisor. Interns must maintain a weekly interning schedule of 10 hours per week during the academic year (September - May); and, 17 hours per week during the summer session (June - August).
UIP interns serve at no monetary cost to sponsoring organizations. Although the UIP is an unpaid, academic internship program, there is no prohibition regarding compensating interns if it is your practice to do so. However, sponsor-provided stipends, allowances or salaries must be discussed and arranged with the UIP in advance of any discussions with our students. Additionally, because we are an academic program and compensation is not required, monetary compensation associated with an internship will not be disclosed during the recruitment, interviewing, or matching processes.
Students apply to the UIP during the Spring semester of their third-year for an internship during the following 8-week summer session and/or the 28-week academic year (fall and spring semesters). More detailed information regarding the UIP and various internship options is available at: www.virginia.edu/uip.
Commitment & Expectations of Supervisors
UIP Schedule Requirements for Internships in the Charlottesville Area:
UIP students are required to intern for 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters, and 17 hours per week during the summer session. Each semester, supervisors and interns are required to establish a mutually agreeable weekly schedule consistent with UIP's hourly requirements, the supervisor's business hours, and the intern's academic class schedule.
Internship sponsors may not unilaterally decrease or increase UIP weekly interning requirements. Decreasing required hours will jeopardize the overall learning experience, the relationship between the academic seminar and the lab/field experience (internship), and the intern's eligibility to earn academic credit. Increasing required hours, depending upon the circumstances, may be inconsistent with the intent of the UIP, and may be a violation of the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act regulations.
Interns placed in your organization through the UIP are not required to regularly and routinely intern or work beyond UIP's weekly interning requirements. However, after discussion with UIP, supervisors and interns may mutually agree to a schedule beyond the applicable 10 or 17 hours per week consistent with the following procedure: students interning or working additional hours during a particular week must be given equivalent time off during the following week. If time off during the following week is not practicable, the student must be paid at an hourly rate of no less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
If you regularly and routinely have need of an intern for more than 10 hours per week in the fall and spring semesters, and for more than 17 hours per week in the summer session, we strongly recommend you request additional interns.
Different laws and policies apply to extended schedules of interns who are international students and require discussion on a case-by-case basis.
The information above is not applicable to extensions of the UIP weekly schedule related to voluntary, personal and professional development experiences that are for the sole benefit of the intern. Invitations by a sponsor to an intern to voluntarily participate in activities that do not constitute an extension of interning responsibilities or additional work are enthusiastically encouraged and do not require compensation of any kind. Examples of voluntary activities may be opportunities to observe or participate in special organizational activities and events, inclusion in non-routine professional meetings and gatherings, unique opportunities for training and professional development, access to networking opportunities, inclusion in celebratory events, and the like.
UIP Schedule Requirements for Internships Outside of the Charlottesville Area:
From time to time, and particularly in the case of summer internships at organizations outside of the Charlottesville area, exceptional scheduling requirements and circumstances may exist. Sponsors are expected to bring exceptional situations to the attention of UIP for discussion and resolution.
Instructions: Internship Supervisor Application and Intern Request Form
Please complete and submit the following information for each internship you wish to establish. The information you provide will be reviewed and, if accepted, will be listed in the UIP online internship listing.
Type all information directly into your application. Please DO NOT copy or cut & paste information into the application from another document, or from elsewhere within the application. Embedded coding in the copy and cut & paste process will cause problems with your ability to submit and print your application information. Also, please navigate within the application form by either moving your cursor from place to place or by using the tab key.Please DO NOT use the return key.