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Student Internships

Interested in networking?  Interested in working in a grassroots environment to really make a difference?  

VALF is the place for you to expand you academic experience into the real world!

Becoming a student intern with VALF is a great way to gain a variety of professional experience!

VALF is currently looking for student interns to aid with board-specific projects.  Student interns will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working on and completing projects in conjunction with board members.  Projects that are the focus of the board at the time of application by the intern and potential intern interests will further determine responsibilities.  Student interns will be assigned a mentor, invited to attend board meetings, and receive valuable experience participating on the board and gain insight into how a state-level, non-profit board operates.  This is a fantastic chance for student to take part in planning, organizing, and raising awareness for various VALF projects and activities to support adult literacy!

The average total time commitment will be around 3 hours per week.  Student internships may be extended to both undergraduate and graduate students.  Students enrolled in library science, education, or business programs are preferred.  Internships are for terms of 6 months, with the option to reapply.  Internships are awarded by the President.  Some travel may be a necessary to attend meetings.  

Student interns are a valuable part of VALF’s continued success and growth.  The successful candidate will be enthusiastic, proactive, flexible and detail-oriented.  Strong computer and communication skills as well as familiarity with emerging technology is a plus. 

Application dates: Flexible and Ongoing

Number of positions: 2

Questions?  Interested? Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns to

***Coming Soon***

We are working on possibilities for constructing fieldwork opportunities for academic credit.

Hear what our previous interns had to say about their experiences:

Gina Bingham, Student Intern 2009 - 2010

"Becoming an intern for VALF really opened my eyes to the importance of volunteers, literacy instruction, and the collaboration.  As a graduate student in the library and information science program at the University of South Florida, I was able to marry my academic experience with an ongoing community project.  My mentors were the most thoughtful, insightful, and inspiring individuals that anyone could hope to work with.  I highly recommend that any student that is looking to bring a sense of "realness" to their academic life should definitely contact VALF about this opportunity.  I enjoyed my work with them so much that I have now stayed on as a full board member."

Ava Brillat,
Mar 23, 2010, 5:23 PM