Interning with Clean Virginia Waterways

Clean Virginia Waterways, which as been affiliated with Longwood University since 1999, is committed to Longwood University's mission of preparing students to be citizen leaders. Clean Virginia Waterways is pleased to provide supervised internships to Longwood students each fall and spring semester as well as in the summer.

Internships can be for 1, 2, or 3 credits, and can be from any major.

Projects that our interns work on vary from year to year, but they are all focused on engaging people to become better stewards of Virginia's water resources. Work can include research, writing, data entry and analysis, field work, workshop preparation, developing community education and outreach programs, publicity, and more.

Application Process

The application process for a CVW internship is:

  1. A one-page cover letter that denotes your interest in the internship, your major, grade point average, and whether you are seeking a 1, 2, or 3 credit internship.
  2. A resume.
  3. Two professional or academic references with contact information.
  4. An interview with CVW's executive director, Kathleen Register.

These materials should be sent via email to registerkm@longwood.edu


Hillary Foster, Biology Major, 2015.

My experience volunteering and interning with Clean Virginia Waterways has been nothing short of amazing. This internship has truly opened my eyes to the serious problem of marine debris. Processing data sent from all over the state of Virginia for the International Coastal Cleanup has allowed me see the raw pollution data first hand, an experience that has changed the way I look at the world in regards to recycling and conservation.

Working with CVW has made me realize the seriousness of ocean pollution and allowed me to discover a passion I have about wanting to make a difference. In graduate school I hope to pursue ways to reduce ocean pollution and lessen its negative effects on marine life, a choice that has been largely influenced by my time spent interning. If you have any desire to make a difference, I highly recommend interning with Clean Virginia Waterways to help you discover your passion and gain valuable, real world experience.