Academic Outreach Intern 2021


Office of Vice Provost for Academic Outreach at University of Virginia


Louis Nelson, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach


UVA espouses the principle that public interest research and community engagement are the bridge between higher education and the project of democracy. This deep commitment to the common good shapes a distinctive civic-minded education that leads students out of the classroom and into the world. One very important mechanism of that work is a robust community engagement framework.

Career Development 

This internship will prepare intern for careers in any of the following

  • Communication, Outreach and Publishing
  • Faculty
  • Academic and Research Administration
  • Non-Profit

Skills Development

This internship will provide experiences to develop and polish the following skills

  • Communication to diverse audiences
  • Inter-disciplinary team collaboration
  • Knowledge of sector and networking
  • Project management and leadership
  • Marketing


  • Editor for Engaged UVA website. The Office of the Provost develops and manages the website called “Engaged UVA” that serves as the hub for all information and news regarding community engagement programs across the University. The intern will take chief responsibility for content generation and will work with the Vice Provost, staff in Student Affairs, and a small team of tech-support experts to ensure that the content on this website conforms to stated standards and remains current.

  • Community liaison. In coordination with the Vice Provost, the intern will address inquiries from faculty from across the University to answer questions about resources and best practices in community engagement program development. The intern will also be a first line of contact to the staff of Madison House, attending meetings of their staff and working to strengthen connections with the Vice Provost.

Mentoring Plan

 The intern will receive direct mentoring and supervision by Vice Provost of Academic Outreach Louis Nelson, including initial training and orientation with regard to the mission of the office and standards for communication, with the expectation of increasing autonomy by the conclusion of the first three months of the appointment.

Desired Qualities

Experience managing initiatives in a professional environment or student organization is preferred.

Duration and Effort

The internship will commence in Summer of 2021 and continue through Fall of 2021 and Spring 2022. The intern will be expected to commit an average of 20 hours per week for 10 weeks in summer, 10 hours per week in fall and semester.


The internship is funded up to $5000 in wages per semester.

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