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Community Partnerships

The Role of PORTfolio Community Partners

Virginia Wesleyan will collaborate with organizations across all sectors: public, private, and nonprofit. Likewise, PORTfolio students' interests will range across a variety of fields. Recent career fields of interest among PORTfolio students include arts management, advertizing, criminal justice, education, environmental issues, export/import, international relations, journalism, laboratory research, law, marketing, healthcare, public relations, museums, recreation/leisure, social services, and zoology.
Community partners in these fields will be asked to:

  • Commit to participate in the project for two to four years;
  • Agree to work with a predetermined number of students;
  • Have their representatives speak or teach on campus as part of the project;
  • Provide a range of externship or shadowing experiences across the organization; and
  • Make opportunities available for extended, substantive semester-long internships.

What are the benefits to Students and Partners?

  • Community partners have the chance to help Virginia Wesleyan's most promising students with career choices, serve as mentors, and possibly pre-screen future interns and/or employees.
  • Students gain a realistic perspective of a career field, put their classroom knowledge and skills to work in a professional setting, and network with professionals.
  • Partners help students improve their self-confidence, develop practical skills, enhance their resumes, and become more active citizens in the community.
  • Students help partners research and tackle real-world problems in consultation with the students' PORTfolio faculty advisors.
  • Together, students and partners contribute to community development and renewal, helping to build an important link between higher education and the local communities of Hampton Roads.

Community Partners that have participated in the VWU PORTfolio Program

  • American Red Cross, Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Buffalo New York Public Schools System
  • Camp Silver Beach (YMCA)
  • Campaign Virginia
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters
  • The Chrysler Museum of Art
  • City of Chesapeake
    • Commonwealth Attorney
    • Victim/Witness Assistance Program, Sheriff's Office
  • City of Norfolk
    • Emergency Services
  • Cortani and Morrison
  • Dr. Thomas Cox, D.D.S., M.S.
  • Cultural Alliance of Greater Hampton Roads
  • Dollar Tree Stores
  • Dolphin Research Center (Grassy Key, FL)
  • Eastern Computers, Inc.
  • Eastern Shore Chapel
  • Hambright, Calcagno and Downing
  • Inchcape Shipping Services
  • Indian River Middle School
  • Jones and Frank Oil Equipment Corporation
  • Landmark Communications
  • National Dolphin Research Center (FL Campaign, Inc.)
  • New York Life Insurance Company
  • Nexcom
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden
  • Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • Norfolk Department of Recreation, Parks and General Services
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization
  • Orbit Plastics (PA)
  • Prudential Securities, Inc.
  • Q.E.D. Systems, Inc.
  • Retail Merchants Association of Tidewater
  • Sentara Health System
    • Eastern Virginia Medical School
    • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
  • Tidewater Scholarship Foundation
  • Virginia Aquarium & Science Museum
  • Virginia Beach City Government
    • City Attorney's Office
    • Police Department
  • Virginia Investment Counselors
  • Virginia Opera Association
  • Virginia Zoological Park
  • WHRO Public Media
  • YMCA of South Hampton Roads