Virtual Internships’ Foundations Program

What’s Included?

Key Features and Program Schedule

In creating the Virtual Internships Program we wanted to ensure that all students were able to gain structured access to career exploration, project management skills, and teamwork skills while directly engaging with key professionals in the industry. As such the Virtual Internship Foundations has several key features to include:

Teamwork

 All students will work in groups of 4 students to complete weekly projects and the final presentation. These groups are carefully created to allow the students to support to the best of their strengths and experiences.

Project-Based Work

In their groups students will create a set list of projects with well-defined deliverables for each and opportunity for direct feedback on all projects. The projects are supported by a corresponding curriculum delivered live as well online.

Guided Curriculum

In each program there are a max 16 students working in groups of 4 with an assigned Internship Facilitator. This facilitator will deliver a live curriculum that is supported by an online curriculum. Each week students will spend roughly 4-5 hours engaging in professional development content.

Industry Engagement

 A crucial component to the Virtual Internships Foundations Program is the access and direct feedback students will get with their assigned host company and through industry exploration. All projects submitted will get feedback from an industry expert allowing the student to learn and grow in their chosen career group.

Included in every Virtual Internships Foundation program is:

  • An assigned Program Experience Manager to offer personalized and individual support to each student
  • An assigned Internship Facilitator to deliver live curriculum as well as support each group in completing their assigned deliverables. 
  • 3 hours of online coursework and engaging curriculum per week 
  • 1.5 hour of live course delivery from assigned Internship Facilitator complemented by individualized group check-ins
  • 1.5 hours live meetings with internship supervisor and industry experts 
  • 10 -12 hours collaborative group work completing weekly deliverables.

Weekly Program Schedule

Monday

  • 3 hours student directed engagement of weekly curriculum
  • 2 hours live course delivery at 10:00 EST (15:00 BST)

Tuesday

  • Weekly Industry Presentation at 10:00 EST (15:00 BST)
  • 3-4 hours of student directed group work

Wednesday

  • Individualized group check-in with Internship Facilitator
  • 3-4 hours of student directed group work

Thursday

  • Individualized group check-in with Internship Facilitator
  • 3-4 hours of student directed group work

Friday

  • Group Presentations to Supervisor at 10:00 EST (15:00 BST)
  • 1-4 hours of student directed group work

*Will remain consistent aside from the first week group orientation and last week final presentation and feedback session

Project Timeline Example

Week 1: Business Reporting

Students will work together to investigate their company and the industry it works in to deliver a:

  • SWOT Analysis
  • Defining your company’s Mission & Vision
  • Weekly presentation/report

Week 2: Talent Acquisition, Recruitment, and Workplace Culture

Students will work together to deliver a plan on a new young professional recruitment scheme noting:

  • Building Culture to attract young talent
  • Markets to recruit from
  • How to reduce turnover
  • Recruitment Budget

Week 3: Marketing and Brand Management

Students will work together to deliver a digital and social marketing plan for the product noting:

  • Brand and communication guidelines
  • Social Media Calendar extending 1 month
  • Weekly presentation/report

Week 4: Final Bespoke Company Project

Students will work together to deliver a pitch to meet the needs of the problem defined by their host company. Past projects have included:

  • The Board of Directors has just identified a new country market they would like to enter. Knowing your company’s value proposition, branding, and ability to hire international staff within the region, present why you think they should or should not enter the new country market.
  • The Non-profit just received a large grant to support over 200 students but must do so by end of summer, Create a recruitment and marketing plan to acquire the 200 student participants through social media, marketing, and lead nurturing.