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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.

67.3%

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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