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757 Regional Internship Collaborative

Two and four-year college graduates (55.5% and 62.7% respectively) responded that Virginia's colleges and universities should focus on the provision of more apprenticeships, internships, externships and other hands-on opportunities.

- Virginia Educated Survey

About the Collaborative

Old Dominion University and the Hampton Roads Workforce Council (HRWC) will lead the 757 Regional Internship Collaborative, a new effort to strengthen the talent pipeline through work-based learning opportunities.

The 757 Regional Internship Collaborative brings together representatives from K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, businesses, industry, economic development, and regional leadership organizations.

The collaborative is funded through a $250,000 grant from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) from its Innovative Internship Fund and Program.


6,407 Students

wanted to participate in an internship but could not due to several barriers. SOURCE: National Survey of College Internships

The members of the collaborative include:

  • K-12 career and technical education representatives from Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Isle of Wight, Southampton County and New Horizons.
  • Higher education representatives from Old Dominion University, Norfolk State University, Virginia Wesleyan College, Regent University, Christopher Newport University, The College of William & Mary, Tidewater Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College, Eastern Shore Community College, ECPI and the Virginia Tidewater Consortium for Higher Education.
  • Business and community partner representatives from the cities of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Hampton; 757 Collab; Coastal Virginia Center for Cyber Innovation (CoVA CCI); Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce; Hampton Roads Alliance; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Coastal Virginia; Hampton Roads Workforce Council; Reinvent HR; Norfolk Innovation Corridor; Hampton Roads Maritime Collaborative for Growth & Innovation; Black BRAND; and SimIS Inc.
  • Additional invited partners include Hampton University and Virginia Peninsula Community College.
Executive Leadership Brian Payne (ODU) and Whitney Lester (Hampton Roads Workforce Council)
Project Director Michelle Simmons (ODU)
Subcommittee Chairs
K-12 Christina Brooks
Higher Education Jenn Grimm
Non-profit Bridget Weikel
Industry Sarah Jane Kirkland
Marketing Giovanna Genard
Technology Marissa Jimenez
Data David Shirley

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