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Dear Wilder School Students 

The Wilder School Office of Student Success wishes you all a happy holiday season and a safe and restful winter break! This will the be last e-newsletter until January 11, 2021. 


2021-2022 Wilder School Scholarships application open

Please review the complete list of scholarship opportunities and application requirements at

Below are the minimum scholarship application requirements (Additional requirements may be needed. Please review the list of requirements outlined in each scholarship description):

  • Completed Online Application (
  • Unofficial Transcript  
  • Resume/CV  
  • One 500-word essay per scholarship describing why you deserve that specific scholarship 
  • One reference letter from VCU teaching faculty uploaded to your academicworks application or emailed directly to (the student's name must be in the subject line)
  • Additional requirements may vary per scholarship 

*All applicants must have at least one completed semester of coursework as a VCU Wilder School student at the time of application submission. Applicants are able to apply for up to 3 Wilder School Scholarships for which they meet the eligibility requirements. Scholarship funds will be awarded in the fall 2021 semester. All recipients must be enrolled as a Wilder School student in fall 2021 at the required enrollment student status for the scholarship they are awarded.

Submit completed scholarship application packet online via


Wilder School Office of Student Success



All application materials are due February 1, 2021, by 11:59 P.M. Incomplete applications will not be given consideration. No exceptions will be made. 

Webinar: Putin's World: Russia Against the West and With the Rest

The Richmond World Affairs Council presents

Putin's World: Russia Against the West and With the Rest

A webinar on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Start: 5:45 PM - Q&A: 6:30 PM - With Dr. Angela Stent

Angela Stent will speak from her recent book "Putin's World: Russia Against the West and with the Rest," in which she dissects how Putin created a paranoid and polarized world -- and increased Russia's status on the global stage.


For more information visit

Government Affairs Intern - Summer 2021 (Washington)

Company: Amtrak

Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States.

Amtrak serves more than 30 million people a year in over 500 cities across the country. The Government Affairs intern is responsible for learning and supporting the department in its corporate legislative strategy with key stakeholders in Congress and appropriate federal departments. This strategy underpins the federal government’s investment in passenger rail for decades to come. Our team works hard to ensure that Congress is well informed about the best decisions they can make to ensure intercity passenger rail is even more relevant to our customers in the years to come.

Visit the website for details:

Sustainability Intern - Summer 2021 (Philadelphia)

Company: Amtrak

Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States.

The Health, Environment and Sustainability group intern will have the responsibility of supporting the Senior Sustainability Manager and Environmental staff with various sustainability reporting initiatives, communications, and the climate resilience program.  Activities include writing responses to requests for climate-related information from corporate clients, local and state agencies, as well as internal and external messaging.

Visit the website for details:

Opportunities at The Trevor Project (1/2)

The Expansion Strategy Lead will oversee planning and analysis for international and/or language expansion of services, and collaborate with colleagues across the organization to build a detailed timeline for that expansion. Flexible location for this role.

The Director of Recruitment. will lead organization-wide recruitment efforts to support The Trevor Project's growth and life-saving work. The Director will build and implement strategies to recruit and hire a diverse staff of exceptional people through inclusive hiring practices. Preference for role to be based in New York or Los Angeles.

The VP of Marketing will work closely with the Growth team and key program areas to help set the vision and lead the charge to ensure Trevor establishes an inclusive and effective external presence and promotes the organization's life-saving crisis services using a suite of channels directly connected to LGBTQ youth and their supporters. Flexible location for this role.

Opportunities at The Trevor Project (2/2)

The Research Scientist will partner with the Director of Research to dramatically expand the body of research on the mental health of LGBTQ youth, with a specialized focus on transgender and nonbinary youth. Flexible location for this role.

The Research Manager will work closely with the rest of the Research team, leading all aspects of the preparation and execution of an international survey on LGBTQ youth mental health. Flexible location for this role.

Pinsker Law


This internship is an opportunity for an up-close look at the American criminal justice system. You would work alongside criminal defense attorney and VCU Adjunct Professor Matt Pinsker and assist him in his cases which range from minor traffic infractions to serious crimes involving drugs, guns, sexual offenses, and possibly homicide. Your duties would include shadowing Mr. Pinsker as he interviews persons charged with crimes and various witnesses, performing legal research, and devising trial strategies, and multiple trials. You can expect to be in court on most days, occasional visits to local jails, and time at the office. 

This internship is an excellent fit for students considering a career in law enforcement or considering law school. Interns must dress professionally for days in court and be able to provide their own transportation to Matt Pinsker’s office in Henrico County, located by Short Pump. Your cover letter should include the days and hours of each week you'd be available to intern. You must be detail oriented and read carefully, and to prove this, in the post script of your cover letter, write the word "hamburger."

To apply, email the following materials to Matt Pinsker at

1.      Resume

2.      Cover letter

3.      Unofficial transcript

Entry level budget analysts position Chesterfield County

Under general supervision, performs work of considerable difficulty in assisting multiple assigned departments with the analysis, planning, preparation, justification, and administration of their annual budget.

Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Administration, or other related field; one year of experience in budgeting or financial administration; or equivalent combination of training and experience. 

Details available here

Emergency Management Internships with Prince George and City of Richmond

Prince George Fire and EMS as well as the City of Richmond are looking for interns to help complete projects and grant applications. Interested students send their resume and their schedule of when they are available to intern. Prince George, from experience, does allow interns to work on school work while in the office.


resumes and intern availablity should be sent to 


The Ashland Police Department is conducting a selection process to develop a pool of qualified Police Officer candidates.

We are looking for motivated individuals who wish to work for the Ashland Police Department. The Ashland Police Department is an internationally accredited (CALEA) agency that adheres to the highest standards of professionalism. The Town of Ashland offers an award-winning benefits package and a competitive salary.

For a confidential review of qualifications, realistic job preview, or questions please email Lieutenant Marie Kemp at or call (804) 412-0600 ext. 610. 

The Town of Ashland is an Equal Opportunity Employer TO APPLY: please visit by January 3, 2021 

Details available in the attachment.

Interdisciplinary PhD Fellowships

The Genetic Engineering and Society (GES) Center is now recruiting PhD students for our third and final cohort of students for the graduate training program in Agricultural Biotechnology in our evolving Food, Energy, and Water Systems (AgBioFEWS). This interdisciplinary, NSF-funded program is focused on biological and societal aspects of biotech/synbio in agriculture. Applicants from a wide range of disciplines—including the humanities, natural, and social sciences—as well as national and international students, are strongly encouraged to apply here

You can get a feel for the program by going to our website, where you can also check out the profiles of our first and second cohorts. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are recruiting AgBioFEWS Fellows this fall/winter for two years of AgBioFEWS classroom courses and field activities scheduled to begin August 2022. The application deadline is February 1, 2021. Note: Admitted students can begin their PhD work at NC State in August 2021 while engaging in our weekly seminar series.

The best applicants often come from referrals, and we would just ask you to take a moment to think about whether you know someone who might want to apply. If so, please forward the announcement below and put them in touch with the Program Coordinator, Dawn Rodriguez-Ward (

University Resources for COVID- 19

As we are all adjusting to the new normal created by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for us to protect our health and that of others and to attend to our own mental health and wellness. The university offers several resources to support you:

In addition, the following forms are for you to request support for yourself or request help for another student. They have been added to the Keep on Learning website: