Who We Are
Vinson Hall Retirement Community is a premiere life plan community that provides services to older adults through the spectrum of care from independent living to rehabilitation, assisted living, nursing care and memory care. Located on 23 acres in McLean, Va., nearly 400 residents enjoy a continuum of care from our team of more than250 professionals who work in the fields of healthcare, culinary, maintenance, concierge, security, activity and event planning, fundraising and communications. As an intern at VHRC you will learn from the best! Your experience at VHRC will enhance your academic achievements and pave the way for future success in senior living and beyond.
Who You Are
We are seeking undergraduate students or recent college graduates who are interested in learning more about senior living. Interns will work in one of the areas listed below and will receive guidance and career assistance from VHRC team members and senior leaders. Our internships are 12 weeks in length and occur throughout the year. Interns commit to working 10 to 20 hours per week. We ensure flexible scheduling to meet your needs. Best of all, our internships are paid.
If you are a student considering pursuing an Administrator position in an assisted living or nursing community, an internship at VHRC can help advance your career. During an internship in Health Administration you will shadow one of our administrators and learn more about the day-to-day requirements of being an administrator. You will also have the opportunity to develop a personal project that will help forward your education and as well as support our community’s needs. Additional opportunities exist in the areas of: health informatics, resident activities, medical records, and social work support groups. Please click here to learn more about a Health Administration internship at VHRC.
Our award-winning culinary department offers excellent opportunities for interns who are interested in a career in the food industry. Multiple internships are available in the culinary department. VHRC’s two dining areas – the Penthouse Dining Room and Fred Johnson’s Bistro – are very popular with our residents and their guests and offer culinary interns a wealth of experience as prep cooks and line cooks. If you are more interested in the science of cooking, we invite you to intern with our registered dietitian. You will learn how diet enhances the lives of our residents and assist with menu planning. Please click here to learn more about a Culinary internship at VHRC.
Are you a Marketing student looking to use your classroom skills in the real world? Marketing internship opportunities at VHRC include working on digital marketing strategies, business development, and event planning. Resident-centered special projects are also available. Please click here to learn more about a Marketing internship at VHRC.
Do you love a party? Are you a party planner? We are seeking an intern who will assist with coordinating, scheduling, advertising and hosting activities and events for our independent living residents. We are seeking someone who is comfortable with technology and can help create and upload event announcements to our online activity planner. Our event planning intern will assist our Life Enrichment Coordinator in ensuring that events and activities run smoothly. Please click here to learn more about an Event Planning internship at VHRC.
Our communications intern will receive solid communications experience writing, editing and formatting a weekly newsletter that is delivered every Friday to our independent living residents. This newsletter includes a calendar at a glance and brief descriptions of upcoming activities. The communications intern will also be responsible in liaising with other departments to gather updates which will then be edited and included in the weekly newsletter. The communications intern may also be asked to assist with other communications or with event planning. Please click here to learn more about a Communications internship at VHRC.
Insight from a Previous Intern
I completed my student internship at Vinson Hall Retirement Community during the fall semester of my senior year college. During that period, I shadowed multiple management positions, including senior executives. This exposure not only provided me with different managerial perspectives but also provided first-hand knowledge to take into my first post-college job in the senior living field. The positive experience and influential relationships I built during that time led me back to VHRC two years later where I took on the role of their Independent Living Marketing Counselor.
-- Taylor, a 2017 graduate of George Mason University