Virtual Career Development and Internship Program

As an online learner, you regularly demonstrate that you are self-motivated, adaptable and technologically-agile. The Virtual Career Development and Internship Program is designed to provide a select number of individuals with the opportunity to further build on this valuable skill set while completing an internship from a distance.

Through a collaborative partnership between World Campus Career Services, academic departments, and corporate partners, this highly selective program offers virtual internships that fit your lifestyle and schedule. You can grow as a professional and hone your talents in a working environment, even if your schedule doesn't allow for a traditional internship.

As a virtual intern you can:

  • gain professional skills and enhance your résumé
  • engage in career development exercises to maximize your experience
  • apply your academic knowledge to real-world projects within reputable companies
  • enhance your Penn State World Campus experience from a distance

What to expect from a virtual internship

  • Earn Academic Credits — If eligible, you may receive credit for an internship.
  • Project-based Assignments — You will partner with a corporate supervisor and use email, video conferencing, and file sharing applications to complete tasks.
  • Career Development — You will work with our career services support team and engage in exercises such as interview coaching and résumé building throughout the internship.

Getting Started

Talk with your academic adviser about how an internship can enhance your educational experience. Students who are interested in pursuing a virtual internship for academic credit should consult with their academic department to determine if positions are approved for academic credit.

To view and apply for available positions:

  • visit Nittany Lion Careers (link opens in a new window)
  • click the "Current Students" link
  • search for the position title of interest (ex. 'Marketing and Communications Virtual Intern') within the search bar on the Nittany Lion Career website. You can find the position titles in the Virtual Internship Positions Available section of this page.

Interns will spend approximately 10–20 hours per week depending on their academic requirements. 

As a first step to being a strong applicant, internship candidates are encouraged to speak with a career counselor. For example, you might benefit from a resume/cover letter review or a discussion about your interviewing skills. 

Previous Virtual Internship Positions 

The World Campus Virtual Career Development and Internship Program has partnered with select employers to offer these opportunities in the past:

  • Marketing and Communications Virtual Intern, Alzheimer's Association
  • Advocacy Engagement Virtual Intern, Alzheimer's Association
  • Research Engagement Virtual Intern, Alzheimer's Association
  • Marketing and Special Events Virtual Intern, Bacon Street Youth and Family Services   
  • Networking Engineering Virtual Intern, KINBER (Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research)
  • Legislative and Policy Research Virtual Intern, SEIU Local 668
  • Digital Communications Virtual Intern, SEIU Local 668
  • Professional Development and  Training Virtual Internship, SEIU Local 668

Positions for fall 2019 will open in the spring.