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FAQ

Yes! Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) internships cover 20 to 40 hours per week, typically for a 10- to 12-week period, and at a minimum pay range of $10 to $15 per hour. Spring and Fall internships are typically 20 hours per week.

All interns must be enrolled as undergraduate taking at least six (6) credit hours per semester and making demonstrated progress towards a STEM degree. Interns must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4-point scale, and must have sophomore status at the conclusion of the spring semester. Graduating seniors and recent graduates will also be considered. Due to the STEM-related nature of the program, all interns must be studying a major that falls within science, technology, engineer, or mathematics.

CSIIP provides an online system through which undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines at Virginia higher education institutions can make one application package for paid internship positions that will be considered by companies throughout Virginia. There is no need to apply for internships repeatedly, at various websites, because once you register and apply, will have access to your application search for candidates. There is no cost to students or companies to participate use CSIIP’s online system because funding is being provided by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Yes. Virginia residents attending an accredited out-of-state college may apply.

First, be certain that you are studying a STEM-related major; that is, science, engineering, technology, and math—including computer science. The CSIIP is available only to undergraduate STEM majors. If you are a STEM major and cannot find your specific discipline on the list, consider if it falls under one of the following:  Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Engineering; Engineering Technologies and Related Fields; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Mathematics and Statistics; Military Technologies and Applied Sciences; Multidisciplinary Studies; Physical Sciences; Science Technologies / Technicians; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Social Sciences (Geography / Geographic Information Science). If so, then select the closest match and continue with the application process. If not, please call uss for additional assistance.

It’s best to come prepared when you apply. Students will need access to transcripts that you can upload, and email addresses of references who can offer recommendations on your behalf. If you do not have all the elements to submit a complete application, you may still proceed; however, you will receive an automated email each week reminding you that you need to complete the transaction. You cannot be considered for an internship without all of the required documents.

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium will screen the applications for completeness and compliance with CSIIP eligibility criteria. After all components are turned in by the applicant and authors of letters of reference. Once approved, applications will be immediately placed in our online database and be available for companies to review. Interested companies will contact students directly.