As the Project Coordinator for the GO Virginia Region 2 Internship Collaborative, Quina Weber-Shirk works with partners in business, education, and local government to connect employers to students and assure the readiness of employers, students, and institutions to significantly increase the number of high-quality paid internships and other work-based learning opportunities in the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley - Alleghany Highlands, and Lynchburg Region. Quina prioritizes strong collaborative relationships, innovative communication and outreach, and data-driven decision-making for the development and implementation of a robust internship ecosystem throughout GO Virginia Region 2.
Quina joined the Center for Economic and Community Engagement in August 2021. She comes to Virginia Tech from North Carolina, where she supported food systems and community development in Guilford County through a variety of roles with non-profits, local government, and higher education. She brings her experience partnering with local organizations to align programs and reach new audiences. Quina holds a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from UNC-Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College.