Shockey Named Among Virginia’s Top Employers For Interns

WINCHESTER, Va. — Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. has been named one of the 2024 recipients of Virginia’s “Top Employers for Interns” by the Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership.

The annual award celebrates Virginia employers who provide high-quality internships to students. Some of the noteworthy efforts of employers include exposing interns to senior leaders, structured mentorship programs, housing allowances, paid time off, security clearances and training for industry certifications.

“These employers deserve recognition for their innovative internship programs and helping students learn and grow,” said Alisha Bazemore, assistant director of innovative work-based learning initiatives at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. “A meaningful internship can really boost career opportunities for students, and, at the same time, help strengthen Virginia’s workforce.”

More than 85% of the recipients provide paid internships, predominately in person during the summer. Approximately half of the awardees offer non-traditional internships, like those for students with disabilities, career switchers, veterans or active-duty military members transitioning to the workforce.

The following Shenandoah Valley employers were honored for their internship programs at a ceremony on Friday, April 12 at James Madison University.

  • Appalachian Conservation Corps
  • Bank of Clarke
  • City of Harrisonburg
  • Daikin Applied Americas Inc.
  • Dynamic Aviation
  • Gaines Group Architects
  • Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc.
  • James Madison University Recreation (UREC)
  • JMU Dining (Aramark)
  • Juice Works 3D | Digital Maker Academy
  • Rockingham County Public Schools
  • Trex Company
  • Valley Automation, Inc.
  • Yount, Hyde, and Barbour, P.C.

V-TOP is administered by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in partnership with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Virginia Business Higher Education Council. It is funded by the General Assembly’s Commonwealth Innovative Internship Fund and Program.