Career Readiness: The Importance of Internships!

According to a survey conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, “four in five employers believe that completion of a supervised and evaluated internship… would be very or fairly effective in ensuring that recent college graduates possess the skills and knowledge needed for success at their company”.

In 2015, 63% of college students had participated in an internship, putting students without that experience upon graduation at a disadvantage when job seeking.

Why are internships in college so important?

  • Acquiring experience
  • Learning company expectations
  • Building your resume
  • Accessing reference letters
  • Gaining confidence
  • Networking
  • Meeting mentors
  • Getting hired

NOVA supports students looking for internships through the College Central Network (CCN). CCN is a database that allows employers to post internships and jobs and NOVA students and alumni to search and apply for those positions.

To learn all about CCN and how to use it, view this video:

Having difficulties logging into CCN, contact novacareerservices@nvcc.edu or 703-503-6305.

Interested in an internship for college credit?  Contact Pat Gordon at pgordon@nvcc.edu or 703-933-1851 for more information.

Having difficulty finding just the right internship in CCN, check these websites out:

http://www.internships.com/student                                                                       https://www.idealist.org/en/?type=ALL                                                                 http://www.experience.com/entry-level-jobs/internships/                       https://www.indeed.com/                                                                                               http://wiidc.org/

Sources                                                                                                                                     Colorado State University                                                                                           https://csuglobal.edu/blog/why-internships-are-important-and-how-to-find-one                                                                                                   Eastern Nazarene College                                                     http://blog.enc.edu/8-reasons-why-every-college-student-needs-an-internship      

Child Care Resources: Nonprofit Centers & Head Start

Among community college students who are parents, quality and affordable child care tends to be one of the biggest obstacles to college access and success!

Below are various child care resources in Northern Virginia:

Alexandria City

Alive! Child Development Center                                                                                      (https://www.alive-inc.org/cdc.htm)                                                                          ALIVE! Child Development Center is a nonprofit whose mission is to provide high-quality, affordable early care and education to children in Alexandria’s low-income working families. Fees are based on family income and size, and tuition assistance is available.

Hopkins House Preschool Academies (https://www.hopkinshousepreschools.org/)                                                       Hopkins House is a nonprofit with 3 locations in Northern Virginia (Alexandria City, South County in Fairfax, and Herndon). Their mission  is to provide high-quality, high-impact learning opportunities to children and their families, regardless of income, to help them achieve, in measurable, effective ways, their full intellectual, economic, and social potential. Hopkins House offers scholarships and tuition assistance.

The Campagna Center                                                                                                        (http://www.campagnacenter.org/programs/early-childhood)                The Campagna Center operates Head Start in Alexandria City, offering classes accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and star-rated by the state of Virginia. They provide high-quality early childhood education and wellness support to over 500 low-income families with children from newborn to five years old.

The Child & Family Network Centers                                                                              (http://cfnc-online.org/)                                                                                                    A network of 8 free, high-quality bi-lingual preschools in Alexandria that provide low-income children with the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. To be eligible for enrollment families must meet certain income guidelines. All classrooms are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and/or are Virginia Quality star-rated.

YMCA Early Learning Centers                                                                                            (http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=83)                                                              YMCA Early Learning Centers are nonprofit centers that offer full and half-day licensed programs to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. All of the Y’s Early Learning Centers offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. The YMCA works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program and provides their own scholarship program called “Caring for the Community”.

Arlington County

Northern Virginia Family Services                                                                                    (http://www.nvfs.org/earlychildhooddivision)                                                   NVFS is a nonprofit that operates Head Start programs in Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties for children zero to 5 years old. NVFS’ Early Childhood Division offers commitment to wellness and embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff.

YMCA Early Learning Centers                                                                                            (http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=83)                                                              YMCA Early Learning Centers are nonprofit centers that offer full and half-day licensed programs to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. All of the Y’s Early Learning Centers offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. The YMCA works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program and provides their own scholarship program called “Caring for the Community”.

Fairfax County

ACCA Child Development Center                          (http://www.accacdc.org/)                                                                                   ACCA CDC is a nonprofit program in Annandale whose mission is to provide affordable, high-quality early education and developmentally-appropriate care for children ages 3 months to 5 years in a safe, healthy, and diverse environment. ACCA works with Fairfax County Child Care Assistance and Referrals.

Hopkins House Preschool Academies (https://www.hopkinshousepreschools.org/)                                                       Hopkins House is a nonprofit with 3 locations in Northern Virginia (Alexandria City, South County in Fairfax, and Herndon). Their mission  is to provide high-quality, high-impact learning opportunities to children and their families, regardless of income, to help them achieve, in measurable, effective ways, their full intellectual, economic, and social potential. Hopkins House offers scholarships and tuition assistance.

Laurel Learning Center (https://www.cornerstonesva.org/services/childcare-youth-services/affordable-childcare/)                                                                                   Cornerstones is a nonprofit that has been offering comprehensive family services, and childcare at the Laurel Learning Center in Reston since 1977. The majority of childcare slots at Laurel Learning Center are reserved for working families receiving childcare subsidies from Fairfax County.

Main Street Child Development Center                                                                       (http://www.mainstreetcdc.org/)                                                                               The center provides high-quality, comprehensive early childhood education programs and support services to empower children and their families, regardless of their financial circumstances. Main Street is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a distinction held by less than 10 percent of childcare centers nationwide. Lower income working or studying parents pay tuition based on a sliding scale according to the subsidy fee system of the Fairfax County Office for Children and the City of Fairfax.

UCM Early Learning Center                                                                                               (http://www.ucmagency.org/ucm-early-learning-center.html)                  United Community Ministries Early Learning Center is a nonprofit in the South County area of Fairfax, which creates positive classroom experiences that encourage children’s curiosity and holistically further development. UCM also provides holistic services to families of children attending the center.

YMCA Early Learning Centers                                                                                            (http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=83)                                                              YMCA Early Learning Centers are nonprofit centers that offer full and half-day licensed programs to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. All of the Y’s Early Learning Centers offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. The YMCA works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program and provides their own scholarship program called “Caring for the Community”.

Falls Church 

Easter Seals Early Care & Education                                                                              (http://www.easterseals.com/DCMDVA/our-programs/childrens-services/child-development-center-of.html)                                                       This inclusive nonprofit early education center has been serving the community for over 40 years, provides exceptional services for children with and without disabilities and their families. Their learning culture is based on the Creative Curriculum System and Teaching Strategies’ Gold–promoting a strong emphasis on Kindergarten readiness. Easter Seals also has their own scholarship program – “Little Warriors”.

Homestretch: Kidstretch Program                                                                              (http://homestretchva.org/kidstretch/)                                                                 Kidstretch is a state-licensed preschool program that provides high-quality early childhood education for children ages three to five years old. The program is designed to help children build the foundation they need emotionally, socially, cognitively, and physically as they prepare for the transition to kindergarten. Kidstretch is a registered provider with Fairfax County’s Child Care Assistance and Referral Program.

Seven Corners Children’s Center                                                                                (http://sevencornerschildrenscenter.org/)                                                            This nonprofit center was founded in 1971 with the mission  to provide a quality, affordable, comprehensive program in a nurturing, educational environment to low to moderate income children. Seven Corners Children’s Center provides holistic support, including medical screening, free books, and meals. The center works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program.

Loudoun County

Northern Virginia Family Services                                                                                    (http://www.nvfs.org/earlychildhooddivision)                                                   NVFS is a nonprofit that operates Head Start programs in Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties for children zero to 5 years old. NVFS’ Early Childhood Division offers commitment to wellness and embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff.

YMCA Early Learning Centers                                                                                            (http://www.ymcadc.org/page.cfm?p=83)                                                              YMCA Early Learning Centers are nonprofit centers that offer full and half-day licensed programs to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. All of the Y’s Early Learning Centers offer quality care in a safe and supportive environment that fosters the emotional, physical, social and cognitive growth of each child. The YMCA works with Virginia’s Child Care Assistance program and provides their own scholarship program called “Caring for the Community”.

Prince William County

Northern Virginia Family Services                                                                                    (http://www.nvfs.org/earlychildhooddivision)                                                   NVFS is a nonprofit that operates Head Start programs in Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties for children zero to 5 years old. NVFS’ Early Childhood Division offers commitment to wellness and embraces a comprehensive vision of health for children, families, and staff.

Students may contact Jeannette Bilgera (jbilgera@nvcc.edu or 703-933-8062) to see if they may be eligible for Child Care Assistance through the state of Virginia and receive help filling out the application.