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What is UIP?

Since its beginning in 1976, the UIP has placed approximately 8,000 U.Va. interns in public and private sector organizations in the
Charlottesville area. The University Internship Programs is an interdisciplinary program that coordinates and administers the academic and administrative components of internships for U.Va. students in more than 50 undergraduate majors and concentrations in the College of Arts and Sciences. The program is intended and designed to provide students with academically relevant classroom content and a field placement which builds on knowledge and skills learned from study in their major and in the social sciences generally. The majority of students participating in the UIP are in the College of Arts and Sciences; however, participation is open to students from other schools. In addition to the College, UIP interns have included students from the McIntire School of Commerce, Curry School of Education, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

The UIP combines academic instruction and work experience in an applied setting under the supervision of UIP liaisons, faculty members, and field supervisors. The interdependence of the classroom-field combination involves intentional learning that supports interns' academic, career, and personal interests. The UIP field placement is a meaningful, closely monitored, career related, major-related, and/or interest-related work experience that extends interns' learning beyond the classroom to non-profit organizations, government agencies, and for-profit businesses. The upper-level Sociology and Psychology UIP seminars provide interns with a structured classroom environment to actively reflect on their field placements and to discuss and learn about themselves, their professional areas of interest, the workplace, and life in organizations.

Through its "To-Go" program option, the UIP offers U.Va. students the opportunity to participate in internships outside of the Charlottesville area and abroad. The UIP develops the opportunities and the mechanisms by which U.Va. students are able to integrate academic and applied experiences in the context of service within public and private organizations, and to make contributions to society and to the local and global communities, thereby extending the public service mission of the University of Virginia.

Please see Program Overview & Eligibility on the left sidebar for more information about the UIP.