InternHUB is an interdisciplinary advanced-learning program at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) that accelerates practical skill development in students through internships with high-tech employers in the transportation industry.

InternHUB Goals

Our goal for our students

Accelerate the practical skills needed for the modern transportation industry through a hands on mind on approach.

Our goal for our Industry Partners

Continue cutting-edge research for industry partners while simultaneously building them a sustainable, high quality tech talent pipeline.

Meet the Staff

Zac Doerzaph

Program Director: Zac Doerzaph

InternHUB is the result of the hard work and dedication of furthering student development put forward by Zac Doerzaph. Doerzaph is the Director of the Center for Advanced Automotive Research at VTTI, as well as the leader of the InternHUB program. He believes in providing opportunities for students to learn more about the automotive industry to foster growth and development to advance the safety of our transportation systems. Doerzaph earned his PhD in Industrial Systems Engineering, Human Factors Engineering from Virginia Tech, and is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics.

Andy Schaudt

Program Manager: Andy Schaudt

As an integral part of InternHUB’s success, Andy Schaudt serves as the program manager to foster both student development and act as an Industry Partner liaison. Schaudt has an in-depth knowledge of business and building professional relationships, as well as a talent for recruitment and project management. Shaudt is also the Project Director for the Center for Automated Vehicle Systems at VTTI, as well as an Associate Professor of Practice within the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech.

The Hub

Located on VTTI's main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia, the Automation Hub serves as the workspace for InternHUB students during the fall and spring academic semesters. This facility was completed in 2018 with a dedicated space for InternHUB students to continue work throughout the school year. At 15,000 square feet, this facility includes a shared garage with five bays, a machine and welding workshop, an extensive tool set, and an entire floor of dedicated team space equipped to provide teams with the tools necessary to develop their projects and collaborate with partners while off site.