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Brookings Institution Partnership School Research Internships

Brookings Institution is eager to hire student interns directly from VCU's Wilder School for summer 2020!

In an effort to create a pipeline for candidates from underrepresented groups interested in research and public policy, they are offering 5 paid internship opportunities this summer in Washington, D.C. only open to student applicants from schools they have visited; The Wilder School is a qualifying school! 

If you are interested, please review the attached position descriptions. In order to be considered, The Wilder School Office of Student Success must submit your application materials on your behalf. Students do not have access to the submission portal for these specific internships. 

  • See  the attachment for details

To apply, please submit the following to by Wednesday, March 18, 2020, to guarantee timely submission: 

  • cover letter - Applicants cover letter(s) should highlight their educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to their professional goals.
  • resume,
  • writing sample (3-5 pages),
  • and official or unofficial school transcripts.

If you are selected applicants will be required to submit 2 letters of recommendation or 2 professional references. If you have those recommendations/references already, please send with the required documents and we will include it with your packet. 

*You can apply to more than one of the internship positions. Please indicate which position(s) you are applying for in your email. 

Henrico County Summer 2020 Internships

The County of Henrico is currently accepting applications for Summer 2020 Interns: 

Energy Analyst Intern II- PAID: Closing Date: Monday, March 9, 2020.

Planning Intern II/III: Closing date:  Monday, March 16, 2020.

More information here.


Mentoring Program Intern - VCU Office of Alumni Relations (PAID)

VCU Office of Alumni Relations is leading the implementation of VCU Link, a new online platform that connects students, alumni, and friends of VCU for career advice, industry contacts and meaningful professional relationships.

The office is seeking a Mentoring Program Intern.  This person will work with the Associate Director, Alumni Career Programs to ensure cohesive planning efforts are made to manage the VCU Link platform and program during the academic year.

For more information and to apply, go to

Internship Opportunities - Democracy onAir

Democracy onAir, a nonpartisan and nonprofit 501c3 social enterprise chartered in Virginia, is developing and hosting the Virginia Elections & Government Hub. This pilot state Hub is a model for our anticipated launch of other state Hubs by the end of 2020.  The Hub is an online platform that provides a place where interested citizens can go for current information about Virginia city, county, state, and federal elections and government and have the opportunity to interact with candidates, elected officials and their staff, administrators of government agencies, and other engaged citizens.

For more information and to apply, go to

Arts Nonprofit Management Internship - Oakwood Arts

Oakwood Arts is looking for an intern with an interest in Non-Profit Management. This position will work directly with the Executive Director and Development Associate with the day to day administrative operations to support the success of the organization. You'll have the opportunity to make a significant impact on Oakwood Arts’ mission by planning events, assisting in day-to-day operational logistics, and other administrative duties as assigned. The ideal candidate is motivated, able to handle multiple kinds of tasks, has a passion for working in a non-profit setting, and has an interest in helping to create opportunities for young creatives. Internships are tailored to the interests and skills of the individual intern and the needs of the organization during the internship period.

For more information, go to

GEAR UP Virginia Scholarship Assistant - State Council of Higher Education

The State Council for Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is seeking a qualified candidate to serve as GEAR UP Virginia Scholarship Assistant. This position will be responsible for assisting in all aspects of the education, outreach, and administration of the GEAR UP scholarship program. GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) is a national college access initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

The application deadline is January 10, 2020 - for more details and to apply, go to

Excellence in Mentoring Award

This year we are soliciting student nominations of full time Wilder School faculty for the Excellence in Mentoring award.  All requested material is due to  Dante Rankin (  no later than 4PM on Friday February 14th.

The Excellence in Mentoring Award is unique in that graduate students are solely responsible for nominating and selecting faculty candidates. The purpose of this award is to honor outstanding contribution by a faculty member to the mentoring of students. Faculty mentorship may be viewed from a variety of perspectives, but have the fundamental quality of elevating students to surpass their expectations and potential.  Categories for consideration and selection of award recipients include (a) possessing characteristics indicative of a good mentor (e.g., open door policy, guidance and supervision, role model of productive behaviors and attitudes), (b) involving students in research (e.g., engaging student research assistants, coaching students through dissertation research, providing course-based research as learning opportunities), (c) placing student learning at the center of the curriculum, (d) engaging, actively, on campus and/or the community and the promotion or involvement of students in community engagement. The four listed areas will be used to evaluate the nominees.  Eligible faculty include Wilder School graduate faculty.  The nominations must come from a master or doctoral student, not the faculty member, and the nominator should be an advisee of the professor being nominated.