Training Futures Provides Skilled Interns

Elizabeth Swen assists the Alexandria Provost Peter Maphumulo during her NOVA internship.

Last December Training Futures placed Elizabeth Swen at the Alexandria Provost’s Office for a three-week internship.  She helped with basic office tasks and answered phones when someone was out.  She was asked to read and edit documents for a special project on South Africa.
When her internship was nearly over, Dr. Peter Maphumulo set the wheels in motion to keep her on board on a paid basis. She was recently hired as a permanent research/administrative specialist.  She is pleased with her 30-hour work week because she is continuing her education at night. While there is no obligation to hire an intern, this is a great result for Swen, Training Futures and for NOVA.

Maphumulo said, “Training Futures has many strong performers like Elizabeth who can provide a boost for other NOVA departments and campuses who host these well-trained and motivated interns.”

Several offices at NOVA have hosted Training Futures interns over the years.  Do you want to host a fully trained and motivated Training Futures intern? The next internships will be from July 2 to 20, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The Internship Job Order Form is in the Flyers section of this edition. Requests for interns are due June 4, 2012.

Training Futures is a 25-week program that prepares 100 graduates per year for positions like receptionist, data entry clerk, file clerk, customer service representative and administrative assistant. Due to a unique partnership with NOVA, graduates receive up to 18 college credits for their office technology training and healthcare office training. Since its launch in September 1996, Training Futures has a solid record of success: more than 80 percent of graduates find good office jobs with benefits. Training Futures has been recognized by the prestigious Aspen Institute as one of the most effective job training organizations in the nation.

To learn more about Training Futures and its Internship program, click or contact Marla Burton at 571-748-2860 or

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