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*Friendly Reminder* - If you have an internship for Fall 2020 and would like to earn academic credit, please reach out to the Office of Student Success ( to learn the necessary step to register for the appropriate internship course. First, review the Guidelines and complete the Government and Public Experience Application. 

Students are able to continue remote and resume on-site internships for the Fall semester. Off-Campus sites should abide by health and safety standards as mandated by the state regarding COVID -19 protocols. University updates can be found here:

IMPORTANT- retroactive credit cannot be given for past internship experiences. You must be registered for the internship course while completing your hours. 


WilderLIVE: Welcome Week Student Panel

Thursday, August 20th, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

Zoom link:

Calling all new students!

Welcome to VCU! We are excited that you have chosen to be a part of the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Join us to hear a welcome from our Dean, Dr. Susan Gooden and helpful tips from student panelists! 

You are invited to join current Criminal Justice, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and Urban and Regional Studies undergraduate students as they share how the Wilder School's rewarding academic and experiential programs can help you achieve your educational and career goals. Unlock the major keys to success from your fellow classmates! 

We'll be raffling off a $25 UberEats gift card and Wilder Swag to one lucky student who attends! 


FEMA Recovery Directorate Get-in-Gear Virtual Panel

Wednesday, August 26th, 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Helping People Before, During, and After Disasters

Join the Wilder School Office of Student Success for this virtual panel event to learn about opportunities in the FEMA's Recovery Directorate directly from FEMA team members and how to prepare your federal resume.  

The FEMA's Recovery Directorate oversees the nation's recovery from presidentially declared major disasters and emergencies, providing an average of $6 billion in disaster relief funding annually. The Office of the Assistant Administrator provides the leadership and strategic direction for the Directorate.

The 5 divisions include Individual Assistance (IA), Interagency Coordination Division (ICD), Public Assistance (PA), Recovery Reporting and Analytics Division (RRAD), and Recovery Technology Programs Division (RTPD). For descriptions see the attachment.

See attached for details!




Fall 2020 DOJ Remote internship

The Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch (CPB) is responsible for the enforcement of most of the federal statutes that protect consumers from deceptive, unfair, or fraudulent practices. Many of these laws provide for both civil and criminal penalties. Each semester we offer a few unpaid internships for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in the law. This fall, the Consumer Protection Branch will host a remote internship program.


Great internship if you are interested in law. This role supports Branch Attorneys. 

Handshake link for details:

Application Deadline: August 17, 2020

Please send a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript (all documents together in one pdf) via email to Lisa Mitzelfeld, Intern Coordinator:

Your cover letter should articulate why you are interested specifically in the work that our office does, and how an internship in our office would further your personal or professional goals. 

*activate your VCU Handshake account if you have not already done so. Attached are directions 

Development and Communications Intern

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Richmond in a non-profit that provides support services to reduce stress for families receiving medical treatment in the Richmond area. RMHC of Richmond is seeking an intern in the Development Office to assist in daily communications and fundraising efforts. 
Qualifications: Preferably, applicants will have interest in non-profit management, fundraising, event planning, marketing, and be comfortable interacting with a wide variety of populations.
Hours per week and Compensation: The position is approximately 15-20 hours a week. Hours are flexible and we are willing to work with students in order to meet criteria for school credit hours. The internship is unpaid.
Application Deadline: August 19.2020

Wildlife Policy and Management Fall 2020 (virtual) internship

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is seeking a wildlife policy and management intern with a strong academic record and commitment to wildlife conservation. This intern will support campaigns related to captive exotic animals, endangered species protection, wildlife coexistence, federal conservation funding, wildlife trade, animals in entertainment, and/or other policy-focused efforts to safeguard animals.

This is an unpaid internship with a start date in August/September, with a preferred commitment of at least ten weeks and 16+ hours per week. 

See Handshake for details and to apply:

Deadline: August 21, 2020

Vinyl Institute Sustainability Intern (remote)

The Vinyl Institute, a U.S. trade association based in Washington, DC, currently has an opening for a Sustainability Interns to support sustainability activities and projects.

This is a paid opportunity: $15 per hour for 20 hours per week and can be either a 4- or 5-week program.

This position is a remote internship and will be conducted on-line. 

Seeking current undergraduate or graduate college students studying sustainability issues, and who are considering a career in sustainability.

See Handshake for details and apply:

Application Deadline: August 28,2020

Energy Innovation Reform Project- Energy Policy Intern

Energy Innovation Reform Project seeks 1-2 energy policy research interns to assist with ongoing policy-oriented projects focused on energy (especially the power sector) and climate change, both domestically and internationally.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until August 28, 2020

See details and apply on Handshake:

Adobe Creative Jam

VCU exclusive and virtual Adobe Creative Jam September 11-18 where students can team up and win prizes all while learning how to use Adobe XD.  Free trial access to all participants will be granted during the Jam.

Students are already registering and I will be promoting it in my classes.  It's free and open to all VCU students.
Attached are flyers, graphics, and detailed explainers that will help demystify what a Creative Jam is, and to help you visually spread the word via email, web, and social media.  

Internships/Opportunities Resource Reminder

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

Handshake at VCU- if you never activated your account, see the attached for directions

Student Opportunty 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.