Make it real. Campaign for VCU
Wilder header image
OSS header image
Wilder School Resources
OSS Event treelinks

TUESDAY: Deadline to Register to Vote for November Elections

October 13 is the deadline to register for the November 4 election.  Learn more about your registration options at this Board of Elections link.  You can also check your registration and apply for an absentee ballot here.  Learn more about the work of VCU Votes here.

Please Join Us for Student Activism, Deconstructed

On Thursday, October 15th at 6 pm, The Commons will host Student Activism, Deconstructed. The goals of this master class are to:

  1. Understand the history of activism and its role in civic engagement.

  2. Learn how student leadership can be used to facilitate effective change at the institutional level and beyond.

  3. Access tangible tools to use their platform in activism work. 

The workshop will be facilitated by Ashley Gaddy of Ashley Gaddy Enterprises. The full details can be found and registration information here. Please share this opportunity with your students and colleagues. This may be great for mentoring program participants. We are in a pivotal moment. What we do today, will impact our world for years to come. 

DC Virtual Trek Week 2020!

Link to all events:

Tuesday, October 27, 2pm EDT / 11am PDT

International Development Panel featuring USAID, Save the Children, Tetra Tech & SIDW


Wednesday, October 28, 12pm EDT / 9am PDT

Information Session with U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)


Thursday, October 29, 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Live & Work in DC: Perspectives from Recent Alumni


Friday, October 30, 1pm EDT / 10am PDT

Capitol Hill Staffers Panel with NASPAA Alumni


The DC Virtual Trek 2020 was organized by members of the NASPAA Employer Relations Committee.

Experiential Career Fair on Oct. 21st

Registration is now open for the Experiential Opportunities Fair! Gain exposure to a work environment you want to explore through internships, engage with departments that offer undergraduate research activities, and more. Click the button below to join the fair and sign up for 1:1 and group meetings with employers who are offering relevant, experiential and applied opportunities for VCU students. Click here to register.

As you prepare for the fair, it’s important that you sign up for employer sessions in advance. You can only attend sessions you sign up for. Check out this article to learn how to schedule sessions with recruiters.

Here are some additional resources to help you prepare for the  fair:

A Conversation with Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson, author of the 2020 VCU Common Book, One Person, No Vote, will be speaking online Wednesday, Oct. 21. Registration can be found on this website. Copies of the book are available through VCU Libraries.

Information related to voting and polling locations

The University Student Commons and the VCU Institute for Contemporary Arts will serve as polling locations. Please note that not all residence halls or off-campus residences are served by these locations. Visit this website to view your polling location.

Visit link for information on additional information on how to get involved and stay informed, and to maintain self-wellness:

Wilder School Alumni Lunch and Learn - Weds., October 21 @ Noon

Chris Piper (B.A.’01/H&S), commissioner of the Virginia Department of Elections will present “Protecting the Integrity of the Vote,” as he discusses the November election, voter advocacy and how the agency is increasing access to voting in the state.  Register Here.

Summer 2021 Internship Program - Washington, DC

The SUNY Washington Internship Program,, allows students to experience the excitement of our nation's capital, an ideal location to experience direct involvement professionally in your field of study. Spend the Summer in Washington, D.C., studying, working and earning 6 academic credits (undergraduate or graduate). Since 1967, more than 3,700 students have participated in this elite internship program. It is open to junior, senior, post-graduate and graduate students from colleges and universities around the world. There are opportunities for almost All Majors!


Details available

Fairfax Health Seeks Training & Exercise Specialists

The Fairfax County Health Department’s Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response seeks two (2) Training and Exercise Specialists (Emergency Management Specialist II) to join our team. Please share the job ad linked below with any in your network who may be interested.

The Fairfax County Health Department is a progressive public health leader providing services that promote population health, protect public health and the environment, and ensure residents' equitable access to health services and information. 

Details available on website: Training and Exercise Specialists

Court Bailiff Hanover County Sheriff's Office

General Description: This is a sworn position. The incumbent performs responsible protective service and human support work in providing security in the court rooms.
Organization: The Court Bailiff position is part of Hanover County's Career Development Plan (CD). The Court Bailiff has five (5) levels ranging from Court Bailiff to Court Bailiff – Career. The Court Bailiff reports to the Lieutenant-Court Services or Sergeant-Court Services and supervises no staff.

CATO Intern - Public Policy Research - Spring 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.
Cato’s paid internships are for undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, law students, and early-career professionals who have a strong commitment to individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace—principles that, taken together, constitute libertarianism, known alternately as “classical liberalism,” “market liberalism,” or, to many of our international friends, just “liberalism.”

Details available on Handshake

Internship with the Department of Defense

The DoD College Acquisition Internship Program is a paid (up to $23/hour), 10-week summer internship that provides students with real-world exposure to Department of Defense acquisition workforce career opportunities as well as a security clearance. The program targets full-time second- and third-year students currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college or university. Interns receive hands-on, practical experience in analysis, research, report writing, oral briefings, policy development, program analysis, and computer applications. Student interns gain experience in career fields available within the acquisition workforce such as: Engineering, Contracting, Logistics, Business - Financial Management, Business - Cost Estimating, Information Technology, Test & Evaluation, Industrial Contract Property Management, Purchasing, Science and Technology, Production, Quality and Manufacturing, Facilities Engineering, and Program Management. Specific internship details and experiences vary based on degree field.
Interns receive:
  • Premier field experience
  • Up to $23/hour
  • A security clearance prior to start date

Details available on Handshake

POC Capitol Internship (Washington D.C.)

POC Capitol Interns have been hired from college campuses all across America, from California to New York to Florida. Arriving in early June and working thru late July, interns work directly for United States Senators or House Representatives in their Washington offices in the halls of congress or for policy analysis firms within walking distance of Capitol Hill. The summer experience includes staff briefings, tours of government buildings, installations, and historical landmarks as well as private meetings with high-ranking government officials.
Please thoroughly surf and submit applications and resumes as early as possible as competition for these positions is high.

National Endowment for Democracy 2078 Intern, Africa / Fall 2020

Location: Washington, DC, USA
The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, and is seeking a paid Intern for the Africa Program. The position is based in Washington, D.C. 
Position Summary: The Africa regional program team seeks an individual with strong research, writing, communication, and organizational skills who has a demonstrated interest in sub-Saharan Africa and in democracy work in the region to serve as an Intern for Fall 2020. Energetic, creative and flexible team players who take initiatives, prioritize several competing tasks, and work independently are encouraged to apply. The paid internship is open to current graduate or undergraduate students.

Junior Summer Institutes for Undergraduates

Each year, PPIA engages with high-potential undergraduate students from universities across the country to participate in the intensive seven-week JSI held over the summer before their senior year. During their program, fellows are equipped with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in graduate school and ultimately, in influential roles serving the public good.


For more information and to apply visit

2021 Technical Internship (Chantilly, Virginia)

General Dynamics Information Technology's Early Career Program is designed with you in mind! Our technical internship allows you the opportunity to be a part of a collaborative team that is helping to solve our client’s most complex issues. Throughout GDIT’s summer internship program, you will work on innovative projects that touch areas such as software development, data infrastructure, cybersecurity, networking, and IT support, and other related areas depending on your background and interest. As an intern, you will have real responsibilities and work alongside experienced and innovative industry professionals. Your internship experience will equip you with best in class skills to take back to the classroom.

Details available on Handshake

Inovalon, Inc. Corporate Security Intern

Inovalon is seeking an undergraduate college junior, senior, or graduate-level student with a diverse academic background to join our Summer Internship Program this year.  As a Corporate Security Intern, you will support our Corporate Security team, with the goal of enhancing your educational experience through practical, on-the-job learning, assignments, and projects.

The Corporate Security Internship will be available at various locations in our organization, including Bowie, MD; and Washington, DC.

Inovalon is seeking undergraduate college juniors, seniors, and graduate students with diverse academic backgrounds to join our Summer Internship Program this year.  As a Policy Intern, you will support our Policy team, with the goal of enhancing your educational experience through practical, on-the-job learning, assignments, and projects.

The Policy Intern position will be available in our Washington, D.C. office.

Inovalon is seeking an undergraduate college junior or senior student with a diverse academic background to join our Summer Internship Program this year.  As a Cyber Security & Security Operations Intern, you will support our Cyber Security & Security Operations team, with the goal of enhancing your educational experience through practical, on-the-job learning, assignments, and projects. 

The Cyber Security & Security Operations Internship opportunity will be available at our location in Bowie, MD.


IRS Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)

IRS Criminal Investigation is hiring Special Agents across the country. It is an open and continuous job announcement that will be closing November 21, 2020. College seniors are welcome to apply!
Apply through

Volunteer Alexandria Emergency Preparedness Manager

If you’re an outgoing and motivated person, as well as passionate about emergency preparedness and working with volunteers, consider joining Volunteer Alexandria as the Emergency Preparedness (EP) Manager. Volunteer Alexandria is an Alexandria based nonprofit that connects people interested in volunteering with community needs.

The EP Manager is responsible for recruitment and management of spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers and educates the public on how to be prepared for emergencies. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and partners with the Volunteer Manager. The EP Manager provides overall direction for VolAlex’s EP program ensuring high-quality, culturally sensitive services to the public. Bilingual candidates preferred.

See attached for details 

This is a part-time position (20 hrs. per week). Please send cover letter, resume including salary expectations, and three references to Volunteer Alexandria, or to 123 N. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Peace Corps Volunteer (2-year program, international locations)

The Peace Corps partners with communities abroad to develop sustainable solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges by sharing America’s most precious resource—its people.
Peace Corps Volunteers carry out people-to-people public service and citizen diplomacy at the grassroots level. Drawn from all corners of the United States, Volunteers work to address challenges in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, and youth development across the globe.
Volunteers return home as global citizens with unique cross-cultural perspectives—as well as leadership, language, teaching, and community development skills that provide a competitive edge in today’s global economy.
Interested in learning more? You can connect with your local Peace Corps recruiter here:
Ready to apply? You can review our openings here:

City of Colonial Heights Employment Opportunities

Emergency Management Assistant Provides professional, technical and administrative assistance with Emergency Management programs and activities.

Public Works Technician Constructs, maintains, and repairs streets, roadways, drainage systems, storm sewers, water/wastewater lines and other facilities.

Youth Specialist (Part-time)  Part-time position (28 hours per week).  Works within the Office on Youth & Human Services, in partnership with the 12th District Court Services Unit, to provide a variety of diversion programs to juveniles.


For details visit