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Virtual Internship

A virtual internship is a work experience program where the participant (intern) gains experience while working in a remote professional setting and is not physically present at the job location.

Virtual interns communicate with their employer online through various means including email, Skype, Whatsapp, instant messaging, phone conversations, webinars, project management tools, SMS (text) messaging, etc.

Virtual internships are undertaken by both students and graduates. The most common virtual internships are in the following areas: Information technology; Software development; Marketing; Social Media; Research; Writing; Journalism; Media; Pre and post event planning; Video creation and editing; Human Resources; Graphic Design; Search Engine Optimization and Marketing; Some non-profits and government internships; Some political internships; Some engineering internships; and Some public relations internships.

Internship opportunities bridge the gap between the educational and professional worlds, making it easier to transition from academic life into a career. In fact, 7 out of 10 internships result in a full time job offer, which means interning in Virtual can also serve as the foundation to landing a full time job after graduation. Many students find internships in their hometown, but they can also search for internship opportunities based primarily on location. There are tons of internship opportunities available in Virtual, so it's important to think about what kind of experience you're looking for and what you're hoping to get out of the internship as you're beginning your search.

Virtual internship

Thinking about moving to a new city after graduation? An internship in a new or unfamiliar city can provide hands on experience living in a city that captures your interest and will help you decide if launching a career in Virtual is the right choice for you.

Being an intern in Virtual can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Students can build a valuable network of colleagues and professional references that can help them get an internship or job in the future. If you’re not certain about where you want to live after graduation, then landing an internship in Virtual offers an opportunity for you to test drive the area before officially moving.

How To Make The Most of Your Virtual Internship

Some tips to help you on your way to make the most out of this internship:

1. The First week is really crucial:

  • Establish proper communication with your mentor – clear all your doubts about the stipend, expected work hours, or the daily schedule.
  • Convey your exam dates, semester breaks, any college fests which you will attend etc. beforehand so that your mentor can come up with a detailed work plan.
  • Get acquainted with the tools like Skype, Google Docs, Dropbox etc. – you will be using them for the most part of your internship.
  • Since e-mail would be your primary mode of communication, it is imperative you learn the art of effective e-mail writing. You can read this article for some valuable tips on e-mail writing. You can also join some online courses on Coursera or Udemy that will help you in the long run.

2. Ask for continuous feedback:
You only get limited guidance and mentoring in a virtual internship but don’t let that hamper your professional development during the internship. Send your mentor daily updates through e-mails and ask for her feedback regularly. You need to be patient too; your mentor may have lots on her plate and probably won’t be able to give the feedback right away.

3. Take an active part in team building activities:
As virtual internships take place outside of the workplace, there are generally few opportunities to get an insight into the working environment of the company. So, whenever there’s a team activity (virtual or physical) make sure that you participate actively and leave an impression on everyone’s mind. That way you can develop interpersonal relationships and strengthen your network.

4. Take initiatives:
If you just do what you have been told and keep waiting for the directions from your mentor for every new thing, there is only so much you will learn. Take initiatives and go that extra mile to leave a lasting impression. For instance, if you are hired to write articles for the company blog, you can also learn to create personalised cover images using Illustrator or suggest relevant Social Media campaigns. Similarly, if you come across a website with features which your company lacks, you can suggest those to your mentor.

5. Stay on top of the deadlines:
It’s harder to be on time in a virtual environment when you don’t have anyone constantly checking in with you. You need to be self-disciplined and motivated. Keep track of important dates and assignments in your personal calendar, along with maintaining a daily task list. Even if it’s a virtual internship, your goal should be to stand out as best as you can.

With a bit of planning and effort, a virtual internship can really boost your career. If you perform well, you can even convert it into an In-office position during your summer/winter break or after graduation.

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How to Apply

Visit our Career Opportunities or   Openings page for a list of positions currently live.  We also post our virtual Internship Requirements on various websites


There are four required components to the application:

  1. Job application form (this form only needs to be submitted once)
    The following documents must be submitted for each position of interest:
  2. Resume
  3. Cover Letter
  4. Explain why you are a best fit.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sr.No Question Answer
1What Exactly is a “Virtual Internship?”A virtual internship is exactly as it sounds – it’s just like a regular internship experience, except the intern gains his or her job experience while working remotely, rather than being physically present within a “typical” office environment or a job location.
2How Do Interns Communicate with Employers in a Virtual Internship?In a virtual internship setting, the virtual interns typically communicate with an employer through various means of communication technology including emails, video chat, phone conversations, instant messaging, text messaging, etc. Which Fields Offer Virtual Internships? Certain fields are more likely to offer virtual internships. These fields include (but aren’t limited to): IT (information technology); sales; social media; journalism, research and freelance writing; video creation and editing; software development; search engine optimization (SEO) and marketing and graphic design. These are just some of the many fields, which commonly offer virtual internships – but remember, they aren’t the only fields which do.
3Are There Advantages to Virtual Internships?

There are also great advantages to you, as an intern, when working virtually.

While virtual internships are still fairly new on the scene (according to Wikipedia, the first was Columbia University’s virtual internship program in 2009), their growth is continuous, and advantages seem to allow students to accomplish other important tasks in the interim.

The following are just some of the advantages of virtual internships:

Intern for any company, regardless of location, without relocating

Internships are typically a short period, whether it’s for a few weeks or a few months. Typically, it’s difficult to relocate one’s life for the short period of an internship – though many do it because they want to intern with one particular company.

A virtual internship allows a student to work for their dream company without having the hassle to relocate.

Hours can be more flexible (which means, if it’s unpaid, you have time for a paid job, too)

Flexibility and freedom are two of the main attractions, especially for students who obtain unpaid internships –the majority of which are.

Since the majority of internships are unpaid, a virtual internship allows students to obtain part-time jobs in addition to their internships, where they can check in, anytime, anywhere.

Attend school and earn internship credit at the same time

Many high school and college students are forced to wait until winter and summer breaks to obtain internships because they cannot attend regular office hours with classes, too.

Virtual internships allow the flexibility to balance both, as long as students speak with their employers and communicate that they are in school.

Many students arrange a weekly hour schedule with their employers and clock hours per week, rather than a structured daily schedule, which means they can work as they have free time.

4What are the Arguments Against Virtual Internships? • Lack of structure and supportLack of structure and support

Some people believe that the point of an internship is for an employer to provide structured supervision, guidance and support to an intern – similar to a mentorship.

No office environment

The other down side is that students aren’t able to learn successful work behaviors such as office etiquette, corporate culture and experience life in a professional setting.

Certainly, there are fewer insights into daily life within the working world and fewer interactions with professionals – which means missing out on valuable networking opportunities as well. Unless, you can do so virtually. Can you?

Less job training and guidance

As a result, virtual internships have been criticized for not providing the necessary elements an internship requires in order to be classified as an internship.

There can be little-to-no training but that really depends on the employer. Again, depending on the employer, there can be a lack of guidance.

When you think about it, aren’t many of these aspects entirely based upon the employer-intern relationship, regardless of physical presence? In short, if an employer wants an intern to learn and become productive, he or she will likely give direction and guidance, regardless of time or place.

Yes, it may be slightly more effort for an employer to remember to check in when someone is not following you around on a daily basis (that is what schedules are for), however, when a job is computer-based anyway, why not select the best job candidate rather than the best local one?

5Benefits of Virtual Internship

Students completing an EE program leave the program with:

  • A greater ability to articulate the skills gained from their experiences
  • Information about professional etiquette and increased confidence in navigating workplace scenarios that may arise
  • Knowledge of how to effectively set personal learning goals
  • The ability to articulate the transferable skills they have gained
  • The opportunity to reflect upon their professional experiences so that they may have a greater understanding of the qualities and characteristics they seek in an ideal job
  • The ability to draw connections between their professional experiences and other academic or extracurricular interests
  • The ability to articulate preferences and skills in their resumes, cover letters, and interviews

Upon completion of the Virtual Internship Program, students will have gained:

    • Time-management, organization, and communication skills
    • Experience in self-directed work and project management
    • Familiarity with a virtual work structure, including tools and techniques to manage responsibilities and share information
    • Professional skills and industry knowledge related to their individual internships
    • An understanding of virtual work trends across industries

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