Do you have a passion for public service? Maybe you’ve always been the policy wonk in your circle of friends? Or are you perhaps concerned with making the world a better place? From local municipalities to the federal government, there are opportunities for individuals in nearly every industry area. Whether your discipline is in the liberal arts or engineering, there are numerous chances to leverage your unique skillset.
The Vault Guides offer a sample of careers in public service. Each guide gives, among other valuable information, an overview of the job and entry level requirements. You’ll notice that some jobs may overlap with a variety of majors or industries. Access The Vault to learn more.
Numerous opportunities in government and public service exist in Richmond. If you’re considering a government career it would be wise to try and complete an internship before graduating. As Richmond is the state capital and a medium-sized metropolitan city, VCU students have the unique access to a variety of internships within local and state government agencies. Below is a selection opportunities in the Richmond area.
City of Richmond Internships
Governor’s Fellows Program
Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation
Virginia Department of Forensic Science
Hands on Greater Richmond
Virginia Capitol Semester
Wilder School Service Learning Classes
Study Abroad- Visit VCU Globe's Advising Page to see how you can study abroad with your major.
Practical skills are an essential part of positioning yourself as a highly-sought after candidate. VCU has a partnership with Lynda.com to provide free skills training. Consider taking some of these recommended courses as a part of your training.
Access VCU’s Lynda portal with your eID and password.
To schedule an appointment with a Public Service advisor, call (804) 828-1645 or log into your Handshake account.