Unique Opportunities


Are you looking for something different to do in the summer or after graduation - that doesn't involve graduate school or a full-time job?

These opportunities will help you gain industry knowledge and skills, as well as further your professional development and personal enrichment. If you want more information, or guidance on the application process, schedule an appointment today with a Career Coach. Contact Mrs. Allen at 223-6105, or Bagby 209, to schedule an appointment.


McIntire Business Institute (MBI) at the University of Virginia
Who: MBI is designed for those with little or no business background who want to gain a fundamental understanding of the business world and gain valuable skills that expand their career opportunities.
When: summer program that offers an abridged version of the world-class business curriculum of the McIntire School of Commerce. Classes meet all day Monday - Friday for 4 weeks.
Why: build and develop your critical and strategic thinking and leadership abilities, and teamwork skills
How: Applications are due April 15 for the summer program on a first come, first serve basis.


The Martin Agency Student Workshop
What: a 10-day workshop series at the Martin Agency headquarters in Richmond, VA where students interested in advertising are introduced to the field and how the Martin Agency operates. Student groups will conceptualize, create and present a marketing campaign, from brief to execution, as well as present to agency executives. Students also attend meetings where agency management across all disciplines will lead seminars about their specific disciplines, the creative process and the industry as a whole.
Who: any undergraduate student very interested in the advertising careers
When: 10-days during the summer; typically end of May - beginning of June
How: students submit applications by February for acceptance to the summer program. Make extra time for the application, as it includes several short answer and drawing exercises.

Summer Journalism Program at NYU
What: Various summer classes at NYU in the journalism field.
Who: Any students interested in the jourlism field.
When: Two sessions offered. The first session starts May 26th. The second session runs from July 7th-August 13th.
How: Apply through their website (linked above). 


Breakthrough Collaborative
What: training program for those wanting to work with youth, and especially education
Who: undergraduate students
When: each summer in various locations throughout the United States
How: for more details and to apply, see their online application

Richmond Teacher Residency
What: teacher residency program in Richmond, VA in which you work in Richmond Public Schools and earn a graduate degree from VCU. If successful, Residents will earn a Master of Teaching, become a salaried teacher, and earn National Board Certification. Two tracks available: secondary content, and special/exceptional education.
Who: seniors graduating in May with at least a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework
When: application deadlines are early November (Cycle 1), and March (Cycle 2) to start afer graduation. Candidates are encouraged to apply early to qualify for financial support with the Praxis exams.
How: visit them online for more important details, or contact Ann Cherry, Recruiter, at teach4change2@gmail.com

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program
What: a mutual understanding program started in 1987 that allows participants a one-year experience abroad in Japan, as either an Assistant Language Teacher, Coordinator for International Relations, or a Sports Exchange Advisor. Read more about the appointments.
Who: recent graduates with a Bachelor degree. For more necessary information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
When: begins with a one-year appointment, and can be extended for one more year, twice more.
How: application deadline is November 21 (or around that date), and is mailed to the office.

Marshall University - Teach in China program
What: this program is part of a larger non-profit organization designed to build educational and business relationships between the Appalachian region and China, and encourages applicants who have the desire and qualifications to be a teacher and goodwill ambassador.
Who: graduating seniors, with at least a 2.8 GPA, who can commit to teaching English for 11 months in China
When: an 11 month commitment beginning in August
How: applications are done online and are due by the end of March, for an August departure. Be sure to visit their website (above) for important application details.

CIEE Teach Abroad Programs
What: The Council on International Education Exchange is a world recognized organization for providing quality teach abroad programs for students in a wide variety of countries.
Who: CIEE accepts applications from recent college graduates to mid-career professionals and retirees. Applicants with a kind, patient, and enthusiastic attitude that inspires are welcome to apply.
When: applications are accepted for Summer, Fall, and Spring terms to teach abroad. Details can be obtained by contacting CIEE via email on their website.
How: through an online application

Georgetown Preparatory School: English as a second language Summer Program Counselor
What: This is a six week summer program that aids international student, ranging in age from 14-17, build their english language skills.
Who: Any college students are welcome to apply. College juniors and seniors are encouraged especially to apply. No foreign language skills are required.
When: The program dates are June 22nd-August 12th. 
How: Send resume, transcripts and a letter of reccomendation to rwhitman@gprep.org.


Duke Law - D.C. Summer Institute
What: Duke Law School offers this summer enrichment program for undergraduate juniors and seniors who wish to better understand how the law shapes policy and regulation in the U.S. Participants will learn from premier faculty from Duke Law and attend short courses on topics such as constitutional and regulatory law, the legislative process, and legal framework for public policy.
Who: college juniors and seniors, and graduate and professional students, who are considering law school and/or careers in the public sector.
When: Typically in July, this summer program offers 2 two week sessions in Washington, D.C.
How: For more information and the online application visit their website. Admission is rolling, but those interested are encouraged to apply by April.

Medicine/Health Careers

Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP) at Virginia Commonwealth University

What: an intensive, six-week, inter-professional academic enrichment program designed to enhance the academic preparation of junior and senior undergraduate students, and post-baccalaureate students actively purusing enrollment in a VCU health professions school.
Who: SAEP is available for upper level undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and recent graduates interested in attending one of VCU's Health Professions Schools.
When: May 23, 2013 - July 3, 2013
Why: program places a strong emphasis on enhancing the academic preparation of students approaching the application process
How: students apply by February 15 to one of 4 tracks: dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, or physical therapy. Participants are provided with housing and a stipend to cover program expenses.

EVMS 2015 Summer Scholars Program

What: A competetive summer research internship working with a faculty member at Eastern Virginia Medical School for 11 weeks on one of their current research projects.
Who: This internship is available to undergraduate seniors, or graduates on an undergraduate program who have completed no more than two years of medical school. 
When: May 18, 2015 - July 30, 2015
Why: To gain experiance in graduate level research, also to gain experiance in presenting the research.
How: students to submit application and all other documents by January 30th, 2015. Stipend is provided to cover costs of program expenses. 

What: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), and Division of Laboratory Sciences (DLS) are seeking Summer ORISE Fellows to focus on public health issues related to the environment. Candidates will join projects associated with developing and applying new methods to characterize and quantitate biochemical markers that are relevant in environmental exposures and chronic diseases. Approximately a $2,500/month stipend for full-time summer fellows.
Who: undergraduate students who plan to major in chemistry or biology and have taken courses in general chemistry or biology.
When: during the summer
How: the appointment is through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Find application details on the website, and where to send it.
For further information, you may contact Lovisa Romanoff at (770) 488-0192, or lrw8@cdc.gov.

VCU Health Professions Career Exploration
What: summer program designed for college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are interested in any of the nine fields of study offered at the VCU School of Allied Health Professions
Who: college freshmen and sophomores
When: 2 weeks during the beginning of June
How: apply online; application materials needed: online form, 2 letters of recommendation, and official college transcripts. Deadline is April 3rd. 


Commonwealth Fellows Program
What: is a 9 month (September - May) leadership development and training program for recent grads, and prepares them for future vocations as professionals in the marketplace and as staff in the local church.
When: see above
Who: recent college graduates
How: applications are submitted online
For more information, or for questions about the program, contact Mrs. Jill Rich, at St. Matthew's, at jill.stmatts@gmail.com, or (804) 288-1911

Public Policy/International Affairs

Public Service Fellows Internship Program (Summer, Fall & Spring program through the Partnership for Public Service)
What: The Partnership strives to be an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. Fellows work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment across various internal teams, including event planning and execution, research, correspondence, and outreach to external partners, such as government agencies and colleges and universities. Opportunities for professional and personal growth through workshops and trainings specifically geared toward students and young professionals are offered throughout the program.
Who: seeking extraordinary undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates with a strong commitment to public service, strong written and oral communication, analytical thinking, and strong teamwork
When: The Partnership offers 3 sessions (Summer, Fall & Spring), and participants must be willing to relocate to Washington, D.C. for the entirety of the program.
How: applicants must apply to only one internship position per term, however interest in other internship positions can be indicated. Application questions should be directed to fellows@ourpublicservice.org
Applications for the summer session are due by Feb. 27th, 2015.

CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
What: multi-summer opportunity preparing students for a career in the intelligence field
Who: college freshmen and sophomores with a 3.0 and above cumulative GPA
When: on summer breaks between academic years at school
Why: this program offers unmatched professional experience in the intelligence field
How: apply by mid-October for the next year on their website. Read the website carefully for application instructions and important details.

Virginia Capital Semester
What: one semester program located in Richmond, VA
Who: undergraduate students (sophomore, junior, senior) with a strong work ethic
When: each Spring semester, starting in January corresponding with the calendar of the Virginia General Assembly.
Why: this program offers qualified students the opportunity to experience an internship in the state government while continuing their studies on a full-time basis through course work at Virginia Commonwealth University.
How: early applciation deadline (recommended) is October 1. Submit application and supplemental documents through the mail to the given address.

PPIA Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University
What: a few week summer institute that provides college juniors a rigorous training in policy analysis. Similar summer programs are offered at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Maryland and Michigan with some difference in eligibility.
Who: PPIA is open to eligible college juniors
When: June 7 - July 27 (for 2012 institute)
Why: the goal of the program is to prepare students for graduate study and careers in public policy and international affairs, and is a springboard for careers in public policy and international affairs.
How: students apply by November 1 through the PPIA online application

DCInternships.org Internship Placement
What: A program that places students in a variety of interships in Washington DC, which come with 12 transferrable credit hours from George Mason Univ.
Who: Open to any students interested in the fields of public policy, international affairs, business, journalism, communications, and the nonprofit sector.
When:Fall and spring internships available.
How: Nomination is required- meet with Ellen Masters to discuss potential nomination. Applications for spring 2016 are due November 1st, 2015.

STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
What: this government sponsored program offers participants the chance to intern and work on focues research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. Participants receive a stipend throughout the summer to help with living costs.
Who: applications open to college sophomores and juniors who are U.S. citizens with at least a 3.0 GPA. Minorities and females are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program studying science, technology (computer science), engineering-related, or math degrees.
When: this is a 10-week summer internship program in various locations around the U.S. The website (above) has more information on locations.
How: applications are submitted online from mid-November through mid-January each year.

Nordson Builds Scholarship Foundation
What: A scholarship program available to students who's residence, college is located near a Nordson Facility.
Who: Eligability relies on the student's proximity to a Nordson Facilty, intened for students interested in pursuing careers in the engineering/manufactering industry.
When: Applications are open until May 15th, 2015.
How: Applications are submitted online.