Students Launch into the Working World

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Students get this age-old question all the time. It’s a relatively simple one, but it often has the respondent muddling through an answer. Sometimes they have trouble narrowing down a passion to pursue. But typically, it’s because students have little to no professional work experience to know what they want to do for the rest of their lives.

With the launch of the Norfolk Collegiate Summer Internship Program, we are actively changing that dynamic. There were 21 juniors and seniors who landed four-week internships with one of 16 community partners in the Hampton Roads area. Before their internships began, students received a crash course in writing resumes, submitting applications and interviewing skills.

Internship opportunities ranged from early education and law to public health and oyster restoration.

Hayden Verostic ‘19 worked for alumnus Spencer Tinkham ’11 at Tinkham Decoys and Folk Art and had an amazing time.

“I liked getting hands-on work experience when [I] was asked to move certain sculptures, decoys and other pieces of wood and paints,” said Hayden. “I also loved working as an intern because it helped me gain more real-life working experience and showed me all the hard work and dedication it takes to run your own business.”

Milan Brooks ‘18 had the chance to observe surgeries during her time at Sentara Cardiovascular Specialist group. She really appreciated the doctors and nurse practitioners explaining the nuances of each procedure.

“I may not have understood miniscule elements of every procedure, I knew enough to follow the surgery and understand how it helped the patient. This is an intimidating field of work, and yet I never felt terribly overwhelmed when they explained things to me,” said Milan.

A handful of students stuck around as volunteers at their internships when the program was over, a testament to how well thought out each placement and match really was.

We’re always looking for community partners! If you’re interested in hosting an intern from Collegiate, contact Coordinator for Technology Integration and Experiential Learning Ashley King at

Learn more about Collegiate’s Summer Internship Program at