Summer Savior: Students Flocking to Weldon Cooper Center's Clean Energy Initiative

The Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service’s Bill Shobe, left, and Arthur Small have created a lifeline for more than two dozen UVA students who lost summer internships and jobs due to the pandemic. (Contributed photos)

Neha Awasthi thought she was all set for the summer.

The rising third-year civil and environmental engineering student from Aldie was looking forward to a summer internship at a transportation planning and engineering firm. The 10-week program was set to begin in late May and run through early August.

But when COVID-19 hit, Awasthi’s plans – like those of many students at the University of Virginia and around the world – were dashed.

Enter UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

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