L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs




Get career-ready

Take your classroom experience to the next level by interning with a government, nonprofit or business. Earn academic credit while you’re at it, too.

The Wilder School encourages students to participate in for-credit, structured and supervised internships with government, nonprofit and business organizations. Internships provide students with experience in a professional setting outside the classroom and enrich the learning process by supplementing theory with practice.

For guidelines, policies, requirements and application details click links below: 

Undergraduate Internship Guidelines

Graduate Internship Guidelines

Government and Public Affairs Experience Application

Find an internship

Internship opportunities are searchable online:

  • Log in to Handshake
  • Select “Jobs" at the top of the screen

Job opportunities for Wilder School students are also available via Handshake. If you're interested in interning for the Virginia Senate or House of Delegates, visit our Virginia Capitol Semester page.

Summer Basic Jailor Academy

Interested in becoming a Sheriff Deputy?

Rising juniors and senior criminal justice students can do just that through our eight-week Summer Basic Jailor Academy, offered in partnership with the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office. Graduates of the internship program are sworn in as Sheriff Deputies through the Department of Criminal Justice Services and are eligible for part-time employment in Henrico’s sheriff’s offices.

For eligibility requirements and details for the Summer 2020 Academy, view the interest form below. For questions, contact wsinternship@vcu.edu or (804) 827-2791. 

Basic Jailor Information Flyer

Summer Basic Jailors Academy Interest form,  REQUIRED Personal History Packet and three Personal Reference Packet - Due February 14, 2020.