You may have had one of these students work in your office at Norfolk State. Or, seen them hustling from job assignment to class and then back to work. In the professional world, diverse employers may have had the opportunity to hire one of these students after graduation. No matter the case, students in the university’s Presidential Internship Program gain real-world work experience while supporting their financial aid needs in the completion of their respective degrees.
Established in November 2013, the Presidential Internship Program is the brainchild of Interim President and CEO Eddie N. Moore Jr. The President assigned the task of assembling the program elements to Executive Assistant to the President for University Compliance, Clementine Cone. NSU’s intern program is patterned after a similar program President Moore created during his tenure at Virginia State University. To date, 46 students have been Presidential interns.
Criteria for the Presidential Internship Program include:
- Applicants must be full-time students
- Completed at least 30 credit hours
- Minimum GPA 3.0
- Minimum work hours – 20 hours per week during the academic year; 40 hours per week during the summer
Students work in a variety of locations including the Office of the President, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Finance and Administration and its affiliate offices, Vice President for Student Affairs, Vice President for University Advancement and Athletics.
It’s a win-win situation for both students and administrators. The Presidential Internship Program provides valuable administrative experience for the students, teaches them valuable job-related skills, helps them establish relationships with University leaders and earn money to support their academic pursuits. The program also supports the University by providing additional staff in executive offices and provides training for potential future employees.