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The Exelaration Center

About The Exelaration Center

Exelaration builds custom technology intern teams for corporate and non-profit organizations through the Exelaration Center (XC), a campus-based apprenticeship that runs year-round. The program assembles diverse teams of student software engineers under the mentorship of senior technologists. The interns work part-time in the XC providing remote software development and support to clients in the federal, commercial, and non-profit sectors.

Intern teams work on projects developing software and growing their skills in C#, .NET, Java, Python, and Ruby. Interns also learn database skills, Agile software development practices, and test-driven development principles, in addition to professional business habits.

Exelaration plans to establish Exelaration Centers at other universities beyond its headquarters in Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center.


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. Exelaration 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.

Exelaration requires a permanent right to work in the United States without sponsorship.

Exelaration seeks to hire diverse candidates and encourages all eligible candidates to apply.

Why Intern Here

Latest News

Beginning in 2020, Excella’s Extension Center will become the Exelaration Center (XC) as a unit of NextUp Solutions, a new company spun off from Excella.  Exelaration will build custom technology intern teams for corporate and non-profit organizations beyond Excella.  Recognizing the compelling opportunity to build a job-ready technology workforce for every company, Excella leadership saw the opportunity to share its mentor-based internship model by evolving to Exelaration Centers.  According to NextUp Solutions CEO Steve Cooper, “Every barrier to having an internship program just disappeared; no company should be without a renewable tech talent pipeline that starts on campus.”

The Exelaration Center

Matt McHugh
2000 Kraft Drive
Suite 2000
Blacksburg, VA 24060


Number of Interns: Varies
Compensation/Benefits: Paid
Duration: 6 to 12 weeks
Hours: Part-time
Academic Level: College Juniors, College Seniors
Minimum GPA Preferred: 3.00-3.49


Arlington, VA
Blacksburg, VA