What is an Internship?

Student in Perry Library

An internship is a chance for you to gain real-world experience working with a team of computing professionals. It's also a chance to gain valuable experience and to get a foot in the door at the start of your career.

What to expect:

  • Internships are open to all students, mostly undergraduates in their junior year, or graduate students in mid-program.
  • An internship is a regular job, usually with regular hours.
  • You'll work in a business setting, with expectations for appropriate dress and behavior.
  • You'll get training and a chance to develop your computing skills.
  • You may receive a job offer (part-time and/or post-graduation) after successful completion of an internship.
  • You'll earn a salary, which varies by employer.
  • You may have costs, for clothing, transportation, rent, etc.
  • You can earn elective credit for the CS major (CS368).

How do I find an Internship?

  1. Preparation
    You need an outstanding resume and good interviewing skills in order to be considered by employers. ODU Career Development Services can help develop these, along with workshops and counseling. Visit their office or website for help building your resume and practicing interviewing. You can also learn more about upcoming recruiting events on campus.
  2. Post your resume
    Employers use resume repositories to search for interns and for job candidates. Begin by posting your resume on websites such as:

    • Careers4Monarchs: ODU's careers website that helps students and alumni to find both internships and jobs
    • Offers information about internship opportunities, and help with preparing for internships
    • LinkedIn: A professional networking website where you can make personal contacts with people who can provide advice and connect you to job opportunities. Search here for ODU alums and for people connected with companies where you might like to work.
    • Offers Internship and career job postings for college students
  3. Search online
    Find websites for employers in your area, including banks, manufacturers, consulting companies, government offices, etc. Many large companies have established internship programs advertised on their websites, along with contact information. Ask about training, work assignments, location, dates, and salary.
  4. Interview
    Do your homework by reading about the details of the company. Learn about their mission, their history, what work they do, etc. Be prepared with a list of relevant questions about the job, company culture, and terms of employment. Interviewers will be impressed when they see that you've done your homework!
  5. Course Credit
    If you would like to apply for CS major elective credit (CS368) for an internship, visit the CDS Internships and Cooperative Education page and select the "Sciences" tab for more information.

Internship Opportunities

The following employers have expressed interest in finding interns from ODU. Contact them directly for more information.

Company Description
Department of Defense (DoD) HBCU/MI Summer Research Internship Program The DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities & Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) Summer Research Internship Program is an annual summer research program offered to current students and recent graduates who studied STEM disciplines at HBCU/MI. The program provides a bridge between classrooms and real-world experiences and aims to increase the number of minority scientists and engineers who choose careers with the DoD. The HBCU/MI Program is sponsored by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and is designed to foster student interest in STEM education and careers in DoD while supporting the DoD’s objective of developing a diverse, motivated, and highly skilled civilian workforce.


This company is headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia is a video surveillance research and development software company. IPConfigure, Inc. hires Interns for development of Video Surveillance Software to work closely with a dynamic team. IPConfigure makes web-based, cross-platform video surveillance software using C++, Java, and JavaScript.

Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen is a leading professional services company that provides services and solutions in management, technology, consulting and engineering. They have a Summer Games program which is an intensive, 10-week paid virtual internship program that simulates a real-world startup accelerator.

City of Virginia Beach, Department of Information Technology

The VB-IT provides and supports communications, information, and technology solutions to enable city businesses, inform the community, improve, and promote quality of life and public safety. Interns are hired every year with backgrounds in information technology, data science, business, design thinking, art and more as interns every year.

Frontier Technology Inc. (FTI)

FTI has been in the business of helping the Department of Defense (DoD) and other government agencies implement informed and wise decisions to solve difficult problems. In that time, FTI has developed numerous Decision Analysis Technologies to support our customers and their missions at all scopes and classifications. FTI hires Software/Cloud Developer Interns in every year.

General Assembly Internship This is a paid internship based in Richmond, VA. The Governmental Relations office hosts a General Assembly Internship program each year in which selected interns work closely with Virginia state legislators and their staff. Students develop professional skills while strengthening their political knowledge and gain a unique understanding of Virginia's General Assembly. The full time, paid internship is held from January-March of each year. The group is advised by ODU's Governmental Relations Internship Program Coordinator.

Jefferson Lab (J Lab)

J Lab is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory. Every year there are many internship positions in cybersecurity, electrical engineering and software developing.

JPMorgan Chase & Co

JPMorgan Chase is one of the world's oldest, largest, and best-known financial institutions. They offer summer internship opportunities typically range from 10-12 weeks long, depending on the program. These Internship programs are designed for undergraduate students to work during their off-time and help students to explore the firm and gain hands-on work experience before applying for their full-time roles.

Los Alamos National Lab (LANL)

Los Alamos National Laboratory is one of the world's most innovative multidisciplinary research institutions. They are engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security to ensure the safety and reliability of the U.S.

Maxx Potential, Norfolk, VA

Maxx Potential is an IT consulting firm with a focus on developing tech talent. The company provides high quality IT services through its unique paid Apprenticeship program. Please visit their website to find out more about how to get a paid Apprenticeship.

MITRE Software Engineering Internship

MITRE's teams are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world. MITRE works across government and in partnership with industry to tackle challenges to the safety, stability, and well-being of our nation. MITRE offer Summer Internships in every year.

NASA Langley Pathways Internship

The Pathways program offers current students and recent graduates paid internships that are direct pipelines to full-time employment at NASA upon graduation.

Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, Virginia Beach, VA

Norfolk Naval Shipyard's Pathway Internship is designed to attract talented students to federal public service. You are eligible for Pathways Internships if you are a current student in a college, be at least 16 years old, maintain a 2.0 or better cumulative grade point average and be a U.S. Citizen. For more information, contact: (757) 396-4481.

Newport News Shipbuilding

Newport News Shipbuilding is the sole designer, builder and refueler of U.S. Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of U.S. Navy submarines. They have many full-time positions and internship opportunities for Software Developers and Engineers.

Oak Ridge National Laboratories

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the largest U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) science and energy laboratory, participates in DOE's Community College Internships (CCI) and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) programs.

PRA Group (Norfolk)

PRA Group, through its subsidiaries, has grown to become one of the largest acquirers of nonperforming loans in the world, with thousands of employees worldwide. They offer Summer Internships every year.

Reliant Technologies, Norfolk, VA

Based in Norfolk Virginia, Reliant Technologies LLC provides IT consulting services to the Department of Defense. They have open positions for Software Engineers, Cybersecurity Engineer etc.