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Today: Virtual Personal Statement Workshop

Excited to apply to graduate school, but concerned about writing your personal statement? Join us for a virtual Personal Statement Workshop, sponsored by VCU's Writing Center and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, on Monday, February 15th at 12pm EST. Put your best foot forward and learn how to write a winning personal statement that will help your application stand out! Register here to receive your confirmation link.

Work Towards Working: Career Prep Workshop Series

Weekly on Tuesdays, 2/16-3/23; 5-6pm.  Sign up for any of the first 3 sessions by clicking the links below.  You do not have to attend all sessions.  

For questions, contact Elizabeth Engel (

FEMA Recovery Presents: Increasing Access and Equity

In celebration of Black History month, FEMA’s Recovery Directorate is hosting a recruitment event to highlight diverse leaders and diverse career opportunities. Join us to learn about the equitable services that we provide to disaster impacted individuals and communities, and how you might use your talents to support our growing workforce. Interactive resume tips of do's and don'ts.

Tuesday, February 23rd11:00am – 12:30pm

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Target Asset Protection Information Session

The Target Asset Protection team is hosting a Virtual Information Session for VCU students!

February 25th from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join/Register using the following Zoom link!

Learn about exciting opportunities to join an industry-leading team resolving theft and fraud while protecting guests and the Target team. The topics covered will include information on Target's internship and job opportunities in Asset Protection.

NSO Grad Student External Funding Info Sessions

Join us to learn more about the National Scholarship Office, how they can support you in applying for external funding opportunities, and what kinds of opportunities are out there! These sessions are geared towards graduate students in all fields of study and will be held on:
**Wednesday 2/24 @ 11am
**Friday 2/26 @ 3pm
Please register here. We will send a zoom link to all who've registered on the morning of the information session. Questions? Email

Graduate Executive Board

The Graduate School Association seeks applicants for its Executive Board for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Executive Committee members serve as advocates for all graduate students and their concerns by sitting on university committees, being active in the Student Government Association, and communicating with other graduate student organizations. Each member has voting power at GSA meetings and has the opportunity to serve on other university committees. The GSA Executive Committee will meet twice a month, once as an E-board and once at general body meetings with the GSA Council Representatives and other graduates. Additional meetings will be expected outside of these mandatory sessions (estimated 2-5 hours per week).

For more information, contact Ann Kee at or visit


Deadline is 2/21/21

COVID-19 Support Group

Wednesdays at 4 p.m. via Zoom

A space to connect and share experiences about the impact of the pandemic on emotional, mental, physical, and academic well-being.

To register, visit

You do NOT have to be enrolled in UCS services to participate in this group.

COVID-19 Support Group for Students Managing Chronic Health Conditions

Mondays at 4 p.m. via Zoom

A space to connect and cope, together.

This support group is jointly facilitated by staff from UCS and SAEO. To sign up, visit

PreLaw Event- Current Law School Students

For students considering law school, VCU Career Services is hosting a panel on March 3rd at 7 pm featuring VCU Alumni who are currently in law school.  It will be a Q&A style panel so please bring your questions.

To register for the Zoom meeting:
Please reach out to Melinda Snyder ( with any questions about the event.

2021-2022 Wilder Graduate Scholars Fellowship -Deadline March 15

The Wilder School Office of Student Success is now accepting applications for the Wilder Graduate Scholars Fellowship program!

This fellowship provides top full-time students in each of our master’s programs with professional work experience, in-state tuition, and a $14,500 stipend through a host employer. Fellowship placements are for one academic year that begins in August and ends in May. Fellows are expected to work 20 hours a week.  

Applications are due March 15.  For more information, please visit


Information Sessions

Tuesday, February 9th, 12-12:30 PM

Tuesday, February 9th, 5-5:30 PM 

Join the Wilder School Office of Student Success to learn more about the Wilder Graduate Scholars Fellowship program and to have your questions answered regarding the application, selection, and placement process. 

Click the above links to register :)

Brookings Summer 2021 Partner School Research Internships

Brookings is currently accepting application materials for their Summer 2021 Partnered School Research Internships. Every year, Brookings reaches out to specific schools to recruit for their summer internship program.  The Wilder School is a partner school and they are eager to hire our students! These are paid internships that will be virtual. 

See the attached internship descriptions for details. 

Qualification Requirements:

  • Applicants must be undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year, recent college graduates, or graduate students.
  • Internships pay an hourly rate of $15.00, and applicants must be willing to commit to approximately 40 hours per week, with some flexibility around an academic course schedule. The internship dates are (June 7-August 13, 2021).

Application Materials


  • Resume 
  • Coverletter: 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.


  • Writing sample (3-5 pages max)

Submit to the by March 11. 

As a Partner School, the Wilder School Office of Student Success is required to submit your documents on your behalf. You may apply to more than one of the internship positions. Please indicate which position(s) you are applying for in your email. 

Internship opportunity with Markel (HSEP majors)

Job Summary:
  • The Resiliency Planner Intern focuses on operational risk management on many levels by being a fast starter able to execute individually and in a team environment during adverse events. This role helps the organization respond and adapt when disruptions occur and maintain business operations while keeping staff, data and company reputation safe. The Resiliency Planner Intern engages in project management, needs assessment, processes improvement, and event recovery efforts that keeps the business running.

Details available on handshake

National Security and International Affairs Summer 2021 Intern

The Institute of World Politics is one of the few graduate schools that offers an internship program designed specifically to prepare you for a career in national security, intelligence, and international affairs. Interns conduct research with IWP scholar-practitioners and explore career opportunities in these fields. Based in the heart of Washington, D.C., interns gain the advantage of networking with top policymakers and government officials, including IWP’s faculty.
The application deadline for Summer 2021 is March 2, 2021.
Details available on Handshake

Performance Analyst

The Performance Analyst position is part of the Office of Performance Analytics’ (OPA) team dedicated to furthering Alexandria’s commitment to making data-driven decisions. As such, the Performance Analyst is responsible for leading analysis and business intelligence projects that provide insights and recommendations to improve the City’s service delivery. Given the citywide nature of the Office’s work, there is a high degree of access to key stakeholders and leaders, giving projects impact and visibility. A successful candidate will have the expertise and knowledge required to conduct a wide-range of analyses, present findings to decision makers, lead collaborative projects, measure service performance, and use relevant business intelligence, analysis, and statistics software. The opportunity is best suited to someone who is self-motivated, creative and curious, willing to take on simultaneous projects, and able to translate complicated findings between stakeholders.

Apply here 

Police Officer

VCU is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for employees, students, visitors, and patients. As a part of this effort, a criminal records check is a condition of employment at VCU for all new employees. Criminal records checks also are conducted on current employees hired into "sensitive" or "resource critical" positions. Note: only job-related convictions may impact your progress through the employment process. It is important for you to know also that falsification of any information is grounds for termination of employment.

Details available here

Paid Fellowship at Eno

The Eno Center for Transportation is now accepting applications for its Summer 2021 Thomas J. O’Bryant Transportation Policy Fellowship. This fellowship provides a high-quality professional development opportunity for aspiring transportation specialists. Successful applicants will gain in-depth knowledge of transportation policy and practice under the guidance of Eno staff.


Details and application available here 

Intern - Public Policy Research - Summer 2021

*In order to be considered for an internship, you must apply directly through our website.*
Are you trying to begin a career in policy, communications, or law? Do you want a rich education in contemporary policy issues—and the philosophical, historic, and economic underpinnings of those issues? A Cato internship might be right for you.
Details available on Handshake

Economic Policy Research Internship

Hudson Institute is seeking Summer 2021 interns to support the Institute's work on economic and finance issues, including international economics, consumer finance, trade, and housing markets. In addition to being exposed to critical issues in these fields, interns will spend significant time discussing these issues with their scholar. Onsite interns also attend weekly career and policy discussions featuring experts from Hudson Institute and across Washington, DC. This position is unpaid.

Details available on Handshake

ACEA Legislative Policy Research Intern

A Harvard Innovation Lab and MassChallenge Alumni startup has openings for full-time and part-time legislative policy research interns. The ACEA is fixing the way medical clinicians learn throughout their career and we’re looking for applicants who believe in our mission to improve the health care system.

Details available on Handshake

GIS Summer 2021 Internship Opportunity

The County of Warren is now accepting applications for the following position:

Geographic Information Systems Internship

This internship is located within the Planning Department’s GIS Office. Duties may include but are not limited to: - Land records management
o Assisting with corrections and updates to the County’s parcel database
o Obtaining and scanning plats - E-911 address management
o GPS field work
o Road centerline and address point data validations and quality control - Additional data layer editing and development - Mapping projects

Qualifications and Requirements:
Familiarity with ArcGIS for Desktop software (knowledge of ArcGIS Online & ArcGIS Pro is a plus). Training on specific jobs and projects will be provided; however, knowledge of vector data editing and cartography within ArcMap software suite is strongly recommended.

Additional Notes:
Applicant must be able to commute to office in Front Royal, Virginia. Compensation Hourly rate is $10.00 with no benefits. Approximately 21 - 28 hours per week. Position will run for up to 3 months (May-August).
Please send resume and cover letter specific to this internship to one of the

ATTN: GIS Coordinator
Subject Line: GIS Internship 220 N. Commerce Ave.
Attention: Emma Rusnak Suite 400

Front Royal, VA 22630

Position open until filled. EOE.

BCDC Principal Shoreline Development Analyst

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is looking to fill an important mid-level opening on our Shoreline Development Permits team. The Principal Shoreline Development Analyst takes an active role in shaping the future development of the San Francisco Bay shoreline, with particular focus on projects that provide world-class public spaces and opportunities for the public to enjoy and experience the Bay. You will manage many of the most high-profile and complex permitting and regulatory matters before the Commission.


It is necessary to take a civil service examination to be hired for the position. Interested candidates should not delay in this step, as there is an upcoming deadline to apply for one of the exams. 

To apply for this position, please submit an application packet consisting of the following

• State of California Application (std678) available online at or,
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Brief writing sample (5 pages or less)
• A minimum of three professional references

Details in attachment

Undergraduate Summer 2021 Intern

U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, Law & Policy Section

ENRD’s Law and Policy Section (LPS) is seeking two undergraduate interns for the summer term. LPS advises and assists the Office of the Assistant Attorney General on legal and policy issues. Working with the Office of Legislative Affairs, LPS coordinates ENRD’s legislative program. LPS also represents the Department of Justice on interagency groups of a variety of issues that relate to the mission of the Division. LPS also litigates amicus cases and undertakes other specially assigned litigation projects at the trial and appellate levels. Other duties include monitoring citizen suits and responding to citizen mail, congressional inquiries, and FOIA requests. LPS attorneys also coordinate the Division's activities on international environmental matters.


Details available on Handshake

Circuit Court Clerk Administrative Intern I

Closing Date: This position closes on Monday, February 22, 2021. 

This position is for a Circuit Court Clerk Administrative Intern I for spring 2021 for a high school student (rising Junior, Junior, or Senior). This internship is for pay. The pay rate is $11.08 per hour.  

Details and apply here search "intern"

Planning Intern II/III

Closing date:  This position closes on Monday, March 8, 2021.

This is a paid internship for the Department of Planning for the summer of 2021 for a current graduate level student or a college level student (rising junior or senior) pursuing a degree in a field relevant to internship. The rate of pay for a graduate level student is $14.68 per hour. The rate of pay for an undergraduate student is $12.76 per hour. Hiring selection and level is dependent on the qualification of the successful applicant and the needs of the County for this position at time of hire.

Details and apply here search "intern"

Urban and Regional Planning Intern II/III

Closing Date:  This position closes on Monday, March 8, 2021.

This posting is for an Urban and Regional Planning Intern II/III in the Department of Community Revitalization.  It is a paid internship for the summer of 2021. We can also work with students who should also have a need to earn academic credit per their program requirements.

Henrico County offers a variety of hands-on internships performing a variety of responsible tasks relevant to the assigned department. Internships may be available in many departments at various times throughout the year. For information on available internships check the job site frequently at For information on the operations and functions of each department click here:

County of Henrico Department of Community Revitalization

Closing Date:  This position closes on Monday, March 8, 2021.

This posting is for an Urban and Regional Planning Intern II/III in the Department of Community Revitalization.  It is a paid internship for the summer of 2021. We can also work with students who should also have a need to earn academic credit per their program requirements.

Details and apply here search "intern"

Police Personnel Administrative Intern II

Closing Date: This position closes on Monday, March 1, 2021.

This is a paid internship for a Police Personnel Administrative Intern for the summer of 2021 for a current undergraduate level student (rising junior or senior) pursuing a degree in a field relevant to the internship.

Details and apply here search "intern"

American Council on Education (ACE) Graduate Research Assistants

The American Council on Education (ACE) is hiring their new cohort of Graduate Research Associates for the 2021-2021 academic year.

 The American Council on Education’s (ACE) Graduate Research Associate Program provides graduate students and recent graduate students with an opportunity to conduct research within a leading national higher education association in Washington, DC. Key areas of research include: 1) equity-minded leadership; 2) globally engaged and effective institutions; and 3) successful and mobile students. The primary responsibility of this 9-month position is to support and work with ACE’s Research team to conceptualize, design, produce, and disseminate research in the three key research areas. Applicants must be currently enrolled in or recently completed an accredited master’s or doctoral degree program.

Apply by March 5, 2021 for priority consideration.

For more information and to apply visit:

Internships/Opportunities Resource Reminder

As a reminder, OSS would like to remind students of the VCU resources available for seeking internships, project-based experience, and volunteer opportunities: 

Handshake at VCU

Student Opportunity Center - a new VCU resource for students to find virtual experiential learning opportunities

Parker Dewey - search engine for Micro-Internships. Micro-Internships are short-term, paid professional assignments/projects that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. - archive of the most-recent WS Office of Student Success eNewsletters can be found at the bottom of our homepage. Click the date for the eNewsletter you'd like to view.