Virginia Department of Human Resource Management
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Connecting Interns to Public Service in Virginia State Government
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In 2023, a workgroup was formed between the State Council of Higher Education and the Department of Human Resource Management to develop a program to provide centralized support and programming for Virginia state agencies and interns. After months of work, the group launched the COVA Internship Connection Pilot in May 2023 for all Commonwealth of Virginia state agencies.
Our Mission
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Strengthening public service talent through internships.
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Empowering Virginia State Government Agencies in internship program development.
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Fostering state government awareness and supporting intern success.
Summer 2023 Intern Events

Why Intern With State Government?

An internship in state government provides an impactful opportunity for interns to learn about state government, understand the many services state government provides, explore the many occupations represented in state government, and grow professionally!

Virginia Capitol Tour
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The COVA Internship Connection Program hosted a Virginia Capitol Tour to expose interns to the legislative branch of state government. During these tours, interns learned about the Capitol, Virginia's legislative history, and the legislative process.
Intern Lunch and Learn
The COVA Internship Connection Program facilitated two professional development sessions for state interns. During the first session, Career Readiness Competencies, interns explored how to recognize, develop, and use the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Readiness Competencies in both their internships and throughout their professional careers. The second session, Resume, Cover Letters, and Interview Preparation, provided guidance for writing a professional resume and cover letter and preparing for an interview. During this event, Secretary of Administration, Lyn McDermid, Secretary of Labor, Bryan Slater, and Deputy Secretary of Administration, Joyce Reed joined interns to answer questions and discuss their experiences working in state government.
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Virginia Intern Day
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For the culminating event, the COVA Internship Connection invited all state agency interns and supervisors to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Guest enjoyed light refreshments and a free tour of the museum.
Intern Resources
Your experience does not have to end with your summer internship! Here are pathways to state government employment...
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The Virginia Management Fellows Program

The VMF is a great opportunity for interns interested in pursuing a career within the Commonwealth's state agencies. During this two-year program, the VMF deploys people, knowledge, skills, and experiences to develop Fellows for future opportunities within state government.

For more information, click here.

"Taking part in the COVA Internship Connection program enabled me to learn more about Virginia's state government and develop professional skills, elevating my internship experience. Also it was refreshing to meet other interns across Capitol Square and share what we learned."
Employment with the State

Some interns take advantage of their connections and go on to become full­ time employees with their hosting agency. Click the video to learn more about VITA's Internship Program and their interns' experiences. Click below to see available positions within the state.

For more information, click here.

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Agency Support

"When it comes to developing effective workforce development programming for the Virginia Department of Education, learning from others is vitally important. The mentoring and career conversations through the COVA Internship Connection have played an important role in informing the opportunities my agency is creating."

Supervisor Lunch & Learn
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The COVA Internship Connection hosted a virtual workshop for state agency HR professionals. The session provided guidance and best practices for creating or improving their agency's internship program.
The COVA Internship Connection hosted a supervisor lunch and learn to support intern supervisors, ensuring they felt prepared to host Summer 2023 interns. The session focused on guiding intern supervisors on how to best manage assigned interns during designated internships.
HR Workshop
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"I was so glad to see and participate in the COVA Internship Connection outreach activities this past summer. The VITA team sent our summer interns to the helpful session that covered resumes, cover letters,  and interviews and it was very informative. Our group shared valuable takeaways from the session, and greatly appreciated the ability to connect with interns from other state agencies."

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Agency Spotlight
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
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During Summer 2023, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and Virginia Tourism Corporation welcomed a cohort of talented individuals who brought fresh perspectives, enthusiasm, and a hunger for learning. Interns participated in various events, including a tour of the Virginia State Capitol, professional development sessions, Virginia Chamber meetings, and social events. For Summer 2024, VEDP is committed to providing interns with even greater opportunities for growth, mentorship, and hands-on experience in economic development and tourism.

In addition to offering an internship program on-site, VEDP’s Trade Division also offered a specialized program for students to work at host companies around the state. The Virginia Global Business Internship Program (VGBIP) matched students enrolled in public Virginia colleges and universities with Virginia companies seeking assistance in developing their international sales. For Summer 2024, the program will support 15 Virginia companies, offering organizations access to $6000 for intern wage reimbursement while the student intern supports the company’s progress on its international business strategies and building export capacity.

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Summer 2024 Calendar of Events
JUN
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COVA Internship Connection- 2024 Summer Kick-Off

Capitol Tour
Date: June 3, 2024
Time: Morning Tour (10:15 AM-11:30 AM) - Afternoon Tour (1:15 PM-2:30 PM)
Location: 1000 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23218

Intern Session
Date: June 3, 2024
Time: Morning Session(10:15 AM-11:30 AM) - Afternoon Session(1:15 PM-2:30 PM)
Location: 101 N 14th Street, Richmond, VA 23219, 22nd Floor Conference Room B/C
To register for this event, please email workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov

JUN
12

Join us for a day of virtual intern sessions!

Session 1: Unlocking Opportunities: The Power and Perks of Networking
In this session, we will explore the benefits and tips for building your network. Discover how networking can shape your career trajectory and open doors to new opportunities. Join us to learn how to build connections and advance your career!

Date: June 12, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM-12:00 AM
Registration Closes: June 10 at 5:00 PM EST
To register for this event, please email workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov

Session 2: Managing Conflict Starts with You

Date: June 12, 2024
Time: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Registration Closes: June 10 at 5:00 PM EST
To register for this event, please email workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov

JUN
27

Join us for a day of virtual intern sessions!

Session 1: Inclusivity In The Workplace
In this session, we will discuss the importance of workplace inclusivity and how to connect with coworkers from various backgrounds.

Date: June 27, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Registration Closes: June 10 at 5:00 PM EST
To register for this event, please email workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov

Session 2: Emerging Professionals Panel and Q&A
In this session, interns will meet with emerging professionals in state government and have an opportunity to ask questions about their experience working in state government.

Date: June 27, 2024
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Registration Closes: June 10 at 5:00 PM EST
To register for this event, please email workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov

JUL
10

COVA Internship Connection- 2024 Summer Check-In

Join us for our 2024 Summer Check-In! Interns will receive a tour of the Virginia General Assembly and participate in a session on resume preparation.

General Assembly Tour
Date: July 10, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM-11:15 AM
Location: 201 N 9th St., Richmond, VA 23219
Registration Closes: June 28 at 5:00 PM EST
To register for this event, please email workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov

Intern Resume Prep Session
Date: July 10, 2024
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: James Monroe Building, 101 N 14th St., Richmond, VA 23219, Conference Room D
Registration Closes: June 28 at 5:00 PM EST
To register for this event, please email workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov

Earn a Certificate of Completion
Interns who complete program requirements will be eligible for the COVA Internship Connection Certificate of Completion. Requirements include:
step 1

Complete the following VTOP Modules:
(1) Career & Self Development (2) Communication and (3) Critical Thinking
Click here to complete the VTOP modules.

step 2

Participate in the 2024 COVA Internship Connection Summer Kick-off.
Date: June 3, 2024
Capitol Tour
Time: Morning Tour (10:15 AM-11:30 AM) - Afternoon Tour (1:15 PM-2:30 PM)
Location: 1000 Bank Street, Richmond, VA 23218

Intern Session
Time: Morning Session(10:15 AM-11:30 AM) - Afternoon Session(1:15 PM-2:30 PM)
Location: 101 N 14th Street, Richmond, VA 23219 22nd Floor Conference Room B/C

To register for this event, please email workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov

step 3

Attend at least one COVA Internship Connection Virtual Session Day


A. Virtual Session Day 1:

Session 1: Unlocking Opportunities: The Power and Perks of Networking
In this session, we will explore the benefits and tips for building your network. Discover how networking can shape your career trajectory and open doors to new opportunities. Join us to learn how to build connections and advance your career!

Date: June 12, 2024
Time: 10:30 AM-12:00 AM
Registration Closes: June 10 at 5:00 PM EST
To register for this event, please email workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov

Session 2: Managing Conflict Starts with You

Date: June 12, 2024
Time: 1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Registration Closes: June 10 at 5:00 PM EST
To register for this event, please email workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov



B. Virtual Session Day 2

Session 1: Inclusivity In The Workplace
In this session, we will discuss the importance of workplace inclusivity and how to connect with coworkers from various backgrounds.

Date: June 27, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
Registration Closes: June 10 at 5:00 PM EST
To register for this event, please email workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov.

Session 2: Emerging Professionals Panel and Q&A
In this session, interns will meet with emerging professionals in state government and have an opportunity to ask questions about their experience working in state government.

Date: June 27, 2024
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Registration Closes: June 10 at 5:00 PM EST
To register for this event, please email workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov

 

Meet the Team
Deanna Goldstein

Deanna Goldstein
Department of Human Resource Management

Jasmine Scott

Jasmine Scott
Department of Human Resource Management

Alisha Bazemore

Alisha Bazemore
The Virginia Talent & Opportunity Partnership

Ashley Crute

Ashley Crute
The Virginia Talent & Opportunity Partnership

      To learn more contact
workforce.development@dhrm.virginia.gov

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