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Institutional Readiness: Internship and Work-Based Learning

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In addition to accepting grant applications on a rolling basis, SCHEV is pleased to announce that nonprofit private institutions of higher education that participate in the Tuition Assistance Grant (TAG) Program are now eligible to apply.


Overview:  In 2018, the Virginia General Assembly appropriated funding to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to stimulate public colleges and universities to develop partnerships to provide innovative paid internship opportunities for their students. In 2019, the effort was expanded and enacted into law as the Innovative Internship Fund and Program. 

In 2020, through a partnership with the Virginia Chamber Foundation, the program was rebranded as the Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership (V-TOP).

The purpose of the program is to expand paid and credit-bearing student internships and other work-based learning opportunities in collaboration with Virginia employers. The program comprises institutional grants and a statewide initiative to facilitate the readiness of students, employers and institutions of higher education to participate in internship and other work-based learning opportunities. The focus of Round 3 is to support the readiness of eligible institutions of higher education to affordably scale high-quality paid internships and other work-based learning opportunities.

For the Round 3 competition, presidents of eligible institutions should convene a task force to develop an experiential learning vision for students at their institutions, determine institutional priorities and design strategies to implement the highest priority initiatives needed to achieve the vision over time. The final deliverable is a comprehensive plan submitted to SCHEV at the end of the grant period.

Please see full instructions for details regarding eligibility and limited submission rules, task force membership requirements, deliverables and more.

Round 3 Call for Proposals - Revised September 14, 2021

 Proposals Are Now Being Accepted on a Rolling Basis

Estimated Start Date: Approximately 90 days after submission
Length of Award: 12 months
Number of Grants: To be determined
Award Amount: up to $25,000

Sample of Successful Application
Old Dominion University submitted the highest-scoring proposal for the January deadline. They have graciously agreed to share it. The peer review panel was impressed by the thorough approach, the level of detail provided, the variety of businesses included on the task force, and the clear description of how their approach would drive the desired outcomes. The peer reviewers did recommend the addition of more students to the effort. ODU Round 3 Application

ODU has completed their comprehensive plan and posted it publicly on their website.

The two webinars for prospective applicants have ended.

Webinar PowerPoint Slides

Webinar Recording on YouTube

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