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West Virginia State University provides an opportunity for students to participate in a paid internship program which allows for career exploration and development, and to learn new skills. The purpose of this program is to provide students with meaningful work experience and increase their job opportunities upon graduation.


Eligibility criteria

  • Enrolled as a continuing student in a degree-seeking program
  • Meets WVSU's satisfactory academic progress requirements
  • Enrolled for a minimum of 6 credit hours during the academic term the paid internship is awarded with the EXCEPTION of the summer term
  • Enrolled in spring term to participate in summer term
  • Completed 24 credit hours with at least a grade of “C” in English 101
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher

academic credit options

  • *Option 1 - For academic credit:
    • 150 hours at the internship site for 3 credit hours
    • 100 hours at the internship site for 2 credit hours
*Additional credit hours will be determined by the Academic Department
  • Option 2 - Not for academic credit:
    • At least 50 hours at the internship site

Pay rate

The pay rate will be a minimum of $15.00 per hour. The actual rate will be determined by Career Services and the Internship site. 

steps to apply​

  1. Complete an Internship Interest Form. Click here to accesses the Interest Form.
  2. Activate a Handshake account and complete the profile.
  3. Submit resume, unofficial transcript and a letter of recommendation from the Department Chair for the student's major, faculty/staff member or community leader to Career Services.
  4. Submit an essay of why you deserve this paid internship to Career Services.
  5. Career Services staff will review the internship interest form, qualifications, career interests and suitability for the program.


Click below for details:
Student Interns
Internship Sites
Internship Site Supervisors

Free Tree Planting in Your Community

West Virginia State University and Diversified Energy are partnering to help re-green communities in the state of West Virginia, one resident at a time. Much of our cities’ green space is in our own backyards, and WVSU Extension Service is here to assist you with everything from assessing your planting site to picking the right tree and planting it!

Extension Educators will come to your home, talk to you about your yard, what you would like to accomplish with your tree, purchase the tree and help you plant it! We are offering shade trees, flowering trees, fruit and nut trees ­— any tree to suit your needs!


March 1: Deadline for applications

March 15–31: Extension educators visit individual properties and conduct site assessments to select the right tree

May 1–31: Plantings

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