Careers and Internships
Field studies or internships are an essential part of the preparation for your career. By participating in a field study, you apply the theory and knowledge you have learned in the classroom through hands-on experience in a professional setting. While working under the guidance of an experienced professional, you get a unique opportunity to learn about yourself, your clients, your organizations, and your environment. Site supervisors act as role models, providing direction so that you can both observe and participate in the work of the organization.
You will work with a faculty member to identify an internship site and they will mentor you throughout the 180 hours of hands-on training.
You are encouraged to complete an internship for academic credit by registering for the AHRM Field Study. In recent years, students have interned with local businesses, national corporations, market research and advertising firms, and non-profit organizations. Examples include the Office of the Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau. For more information on how to pursue a field study, see the overview.
An internship is a great way to network for jobs and gain work experience in the fashion industry. You will work with designers who make mood boards or buyers who create assortment plans and take markdowns. For more information on how to pursue a field study, see the overview.
Your internship with a property management company offers real-world experience, valuable career contacts, and a vehicle to explore different real estate markets across the country. Compensation and housing are typically available. The annual Property Management Career Fair introduces you to industry professionals who are interested in hiring you for paid internships and full-time employment.
You will intern with professionals in the housing and design industry. If you are interested in graduating with the National Kitchen and Bath accreditation you will complete a field study with a kitchen or bath emphasis. For more information on how to pursue a field study, see the overview.
You are encouraged to complete an internship for academic credit by registering for the AHRM Field Study. Our students have opportunities to intern with community organizations, local schools, Cooperative Extension, and the public affairs industry. For more information on how to pursue a field study, see the overview.
We focus on undergraduate education that prepares you for professional practice in a range of consumer businesses and industries. Graduates of our programs are employed as designers, consultants, social media managers, and wedding planners.
The Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management focus on undergraduate education prepares students for professional practice in a range of consumer businesses and industries. Graduates of our programs are employed in design, fashion, management, consulting, and education.
Career and Professional Development at Virginia Tech offers a variety of services including career exploration, job searching, resume analysis, and interview training.
- More information is available at the Career and Professional Development homepage.
- More information about the office's advising services is available here.
- A calendar of the office's events is available here.
Other career-related resources include:
- Career Exploration Tools: Explains the process of selecting and exploring a career.
- Career Fairs: Lists the current career fairs on campus and in the region.
- Handshake: Enables Virginia Tech students and alumni to network for career planning and job search assistance.
- 4 Year Guide to Building Your Resume
The annual Property Management Career Fair introduces you to industry professionals who are interested in hiring you for paid internships and full-time employment. This year's Property Management career fair will be held in the spring semester.
Departmental Career Advisors
- Consumer Studies - Irene Leech
- Family and Consumer Studies - Julia Beamish
- Fashion Merchandising and Design - Sarah Wilmot
- Property Management - Kelly Avery
- Residential Environments and Design – Greg Galford