West Virginia Governor’s
Internship Program

1900 Kanawha Blvd. E
Office of the Cabinet Secretary
Education and the Arts
The Culture Center
304-558-2440 (Phone)

Program Information

The Internship

The Governor’s Internship Program assists college students in locating meaningful summer employment with West Virginia government agencies, private businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
Ideally, students are placed in internships where they can gain experience relevant to their academic interests while learning under and being supervised by a professional in that field. Internships generally last nine to thirteen weeks and pay at least minimum wage.


An applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. An applicant must be a currently enrolled student at a West Virginia college or university, or a West Virginia resident attending an accredited college or university elsewhere.
  2. An applicant must have completed at least one academic year of study at an accredited college or university by July 2017. High School graduates who have taken college courses prior to graduation from High School are NOT eligible.
  3. An applicant must have a cumulative college/university GPA of 3.0 or greater. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  4. If an applicant completes their degree and has no intention of returning to school the following semester, they cannot participate in this program. The student can only apply to the GIP program if they have applied to a graduate program and can provide a letter of acceptance. The intent of the GIP is for current students only.
Required Application Materials:
  1. A completed application, submitted online.
  2. A current copy of college transcript, which does not have to be official.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from people who can evaluate the applicant’s suitability for this program.
    (The transcript and letters of recommendation need only be submitted if the applicant is selected for an interview. Please do not mail these documents unless requested.)

Selection Process

The selection of interns is highly competitive and host agencies that participate base their selection process on the degree area that is needed for the internship at the time. Participating state agencies, private business and organizations are granted access to the database of candidate applications, and then they set up the interview with their desired candidate. This is when the applicant would bring their unofficial transcript and recommendation letters. The number of students applying usually exceeds the number of positions available; therefore, not all candidates submitting an application will be interviewed or selected to participate in the program.

Summer Enrichment

Throughout the summer, the Governor’s Internship Program sponsors enrichment events for the interns. Last summer’s events included a reception at the Governor’s Mansion, a tour of the capitol, a trip to the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, and a luncheon and tour of the new West Virginia State Museum.


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