Experience At Home

We’re proud to be At Home in America and hiring some of the sharpest minds in the country. Volkswagen Group of America Graduate Analysts are recent college graduates who rotate to different departments and locations around the country. Check out their blog to get the inside scoop on everyday life at Volkswagen Group of America.

Partners in Education

Launched in September 2008, our Partners in Education program was designed to support students and teachers interested in advanced automotive technology and next generation automotive engineering. We began with a five-year, $2.1 million Partners in Education initiative to create a comprehensive education partnership with schools and technical institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and the [...]

Hard at Work in America

When we opened our first location in the United States in 1955, we offered just one model — the enduring cultural icon affectionately known as the Beetle. While the fun-loving Beetle and the “Bus” were capturing American hearts, Audi was quickening pulses with quality, performance and technological innovation. Audi joined the Volkswagen Group in 1965. And [...]

Jennifer Lewis, a student from University of Tennessee, participates in the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program at Oak Ridge National Lab

Undergraduate and graduates students, like Jennifer Lewis from the University of Tennessee, participate in cutting-edge automotive research projects under the mentorship of top engineers and scientists though the Volkswagen Distinguished Scholars Program. The summer research internships are offered to students from five select Tennessee universities in partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. With her research project, “The Perennial Question: Farmers’ Choices and the Biofuel Future,” Jennifer joined ten other distinguished scholars for the hands-on learning experience that also included weekly brown bag scientific seminars, a trip to our Chattanooga assembly plant and regular meetings with Volkswagen executives. “It’s been very interesting. I spend most of my day in the lab – which is a lot more fun than sitting in front of the computer.” The competitive application process begins the fall of each year.

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When Marcus Robinson first tried to enroll at The Excel Institute, a provider of vocational training for at-risk youth and adults, he was told he would have to wait three months. The then 31-year-old told educators at the automotive training facility that he needed to start immediately — because he probably wouldn’t be alive in three months. “I was a hoodlum,” Robinson explained, “The things I was involved in, I would not have been around.” Today, Robinson is an automotive instructor at The Excel Institute. His life is moving in a completely different direction, and he credits Volkswagen Group of America for playing a major role in educating his own students. To date, our support has enabled 225 students to participate in the institute’s life skills program. Read more »

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University of Virginia

At the University of Virginia, Volkswagen Group of America supports the elite Rodman Scholars International Program for undergraduate engineering students. The program exposes distinguished students to challenges, opportunities, and benefits of international study and experience. Volkswagen Group of America and University of Virginia is also a partnership program that supports a fellowship for graduate engineers. Read more »

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Virginia Tech

At Virginia Tech, the company funds a five-year program focused on environmentally responsible technology, manufacturing, and engineering. This program concentrates on cutting-edge research, offering students the opportunity to provide technical support for Volkswagen’s Jetta TDI race series. Through faculty development and innovation grants, Volkswagen Group of America pursues major research initiatives, funds graduate research assistants, and covers partial costs of special research materials.

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Northern Virginia Community College

Our partnership with Northern Virginia Community College creates a statewide automotive program designed to improve training throughout Virginia. In 2009, Volkswagen Group of America donated and delivered training vehicles to Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria and Manassas campuses, the Governor’s Career and Technical Academy in Arlington, and the C.S. Monroe Technology Center in Loudoun County. Northern Virginia Community College partners with the academy to provide students with trade skills and the opportunity to earn college credit. The program helps hundreds of students learn by working on new Volkswagen and Audi vehicles, and also introducing them to specialty tools and repair practices.

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George Mason University

Volkswagen Group of America funds scholarships for distinguished scholars at George Mason University’s Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering. The scholars receive full coverage of tuition, fees, and room and board, as well as laptop computers for four years. Volkswagen Group of America scholars represent the company and the school at corporate events, recruitment fairs, and on-campus events. They also receive an internship with the company.

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