Virginia invests in entrepreneurs and startups

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced a new initiative led by the Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation yesterday.

Virginia Invests will expand growth opportunities for Virginia-based, innovation driven startups and entrepreneurial ecosystems throughout the Commonwealth.

The program uses previously awarded federal funding to launch new investment partnerships with the goal of catalyzing and attracting $250 million of investment into more than 100 high-growth startups over the next 3-5 years.

This statewide initiative will accelerate capital into Virginia startups growing opportunities for entrepreneurs, especially female, black, Hispanic, veteran, and rural-based entrepreneurs.

Some of the key industries selected as investment focus areas include National Security/Defense, AI, Logistics, and Automation among others.

Virginia Invests will re-invest into local communities beyond financial capital as well through planned engagement activities like pitch competitions, entrepreneur roundtables, internships, and networking events.

To view the Governor’s full announcement, click here.

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REC recognized for internship opportunities

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative was recently recognized as a top employer for interns by the Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership.

The award recognizes employers in the Commonwealth who provide high-quality internships to participants through:

  • exposure to senior leaders
  • structured mentorship programs
  • paid time off
  • housing allowances
  • security clearances
  • training for industry certifications

Over the past three years, REC has welcomed 17 interns to a variety of supporting departments.

Current Communications and Public Relations Department intern Mary Kate Bowers said, “I’ve held two internship positions at REC which have provided me with invaluable opportunities to learn and grow. I’ve had the chance to work autonomously on various projects which has allowed me to take ownership of my work and sharpen my skills. This experience has been instrumental in my professional development, equipping me with the tools and knowledge I need to excel in my future career.”

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SU boosts access to early career experience

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Shenandoah University announced a new partnership with Podium Education to boost access to early career experience.

Through a new program called The Global Career Accelerator, students will receive academic credit, gain work experience, and build skills in areas like data, coding, and digital marketing.

The program focuses on challenges faced by real companies like Intel’s sustainability efforts, digital strategy for the Grammys, and charity:water’s goal to activate new audiences.

Undergrads learn about those organizations goals and are then tasked with solving those real-world challenges.

The program was inspired by the lowering participation rate of college students with internships due to the lack of opportunities.

Students of all majors and backgrounds are welcome to the Global Career Accelerator program which has zero prerequisites.

Enrollment opens on March 25th with the first group of students taking on the program this summer.

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BRWC accepting internship applications

The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is accepting applications for their Wildlife Rehabilitation Internship and Wildlife Education Internship.

Interns will learn about different wildlife species, handling techniques, diet preparation, and more alongside their trained staff of veterinarians, rehabilitators, and educators.

Applicants can choose between a part time, 2 days per week position, or a full time, 4 days per week position.

Limited housing is available for applicants who qualify and all interns receive a weekly stipend.

For more information, click here

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Jim Barnett Park host an Employer Expo hiring fair

An Employer’s Expo hiring fair will be held at the Jim Barnett Park’s Recreation Center Oct.21 from 1-7 p.m..

Have a resume ready or join the work shop for advanced resume writing.

Local hiring managers will be on hand and  may choose to interviews on site.

The event at 1001 E. Cork Street will also have several types of workshops available.

According to the City’s flyer on the event full time and part time jobs will be available as well as internships.

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SU and Bank of Clarke Co. enter a partnership

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Shenandoah University and the Bank of Clarke County just entered a partnership that provides internships and learning opportunities.

Students have learning opportunities in marketing, finance, human resources and information technology.

The program includes a paid internship in which students will need to apply.

The deadline to apply is Fri. Apr. 30 by 4 p.m. at

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