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About Excella Extension Center Program
Excella is an Agile technology firm and transformative partner to Washington, DC’s leading organizations. The Extension Center, located at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, delivers Excella’s award-winning internship program, where students gain hands-on work experience to complement their studies. The internship program is career-focused, advancing students’ technical and professional skills through authentic experiences and mentoring.
Excella’s Extension Center program addresses the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills shortage by engaging young people of varied backgrounds with the technology workforce. Under the mentorship of experienced Excella’s technologists, students work part-time providing remote software development and support to Excella’s client delivery teams in the federal, commercial, and non-profit sectors.
Students work on client projects developing software and growing their skills in C#, .NET, Java, Python, and Ruby. Students also learn database skills, Agile software development practices, and test-driven development principles.
Work schedules are flexible to accommodate classes, study time and other commitments. In the summer, students can work full-time on campus to further their skills and experience, and take advantage of travel and client engagement opportunities.
The office is professional and students are expected to dress and conduct themselves in business-like fashion. Students are provided with equipment to complete their work and are required to come to the office for their scheduled work time. Students receive performance reviews annually as a professional development tool.
Rising seniors may be invited to spend the summer in the Washington, DC area as part of an on-site client team. In addition to client work, these students have opportunities to engage with Excella project teams from around the region in a lunch/speaker series and social events that deepen their knowledge of the firm, our clients and culture. Graduating seniors interview for full-time roles in October preceding graduation.
Students are paid for their work with rates based on class year and program. Students are paid bi-weekly based on hours submitted via timesheet.
Duration of the Extension Center program is ongoing until graduation. The summer program is 12 weeks. Students are eligible for 401(k), commuting allowance (summer) and are invited to attend Excella-sponsored events and company outings.
Who We Are
We are technologists. Problem solvers and collaborators, teachers and leaders, creative minds and analytical thinkers. We share a passion for solving the unsolvable and making people’s lives easier.
Minimum academic requirements include a high school diploma, a current and sustained 3.0 or higher GPA and enrollment at a university where we are located.
Candidates should have no more than 15 credit hours of coursework.
Students accepted into the program are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours per week.
The program accepts students as early as freshman year and as late as senior year.
Minimum age is 16 years old.
There is no requirement for a driver’s license. Excella Extension Centers are located on campus to take advantage of campus transportation options or walk/bike-ability.
Typical candidates are computer science, engineering and/or business information technology majors but all technology-related majors are welcome if there is a passion for software development.
Key traits for a successful candidate include a passion for people and problem-solving as well as excellent communication and collaboration skills.
Candidates should have completed some programming coursework or have equivalent experience/exposure on their own.
The Extension Center requires a permanent right to work in the United States without sponsorship.
Excella seeks to hire diverse candidates and encourages all eligible candidates to apply.
2000 Kraft Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24060
Number of Interns: 21 to 50
Duration: 3 to 6 months
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors