L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs


Office of Student Success

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Prepare for and support your career in government and public affairs.

Office of Student Success

The Wilder School connects students from day one to make sure they have the resources they need to succeed. The Wilder School Office of Student Success provides student engagement and student success activities and opportunities for experiential learning that foster career development and academic excellence for Wilder School students.

We support internshipsfellowshipsscholarships, career opportunities, and outreach for partnerships within the government and public affairs professional community.

Make an appointment

Students may request a student success coaching appointment through the myVCU portal to plan, search, prepare for, and apply to professional, internship, and volunteer opportunities. OSS team members' availability will be listed in the online portal. If you have issues accessing the portal or need assistance, please  email wsinternship@vcu.edu 

Featured Programming

We provide a range of professional workshops and employer engagement opportunities to help you as you build your professional brand. Be sure to check back often for additions!  


Upcoming Events 

WilderLIVE: Welcome Week Student Panel

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

Zoom link: https://vcu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIqcOuuqTspH9VAUdmRJIdO_soD42fo6GBu

Calling all new undergraduate 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 Virtual Panel

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

Zoom Registration Link: https://vcu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_1upD9OUzQjWMikWBeEYygw

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.

 FEMA Recovery Program flyer


Virginia Capitol Semester Internship Zoom Chats 

September 17, 2020

September 18, 2020

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Join Zoom link: https://vcu.zoom.us/j/98059532088

Stop by to learn about the Virginia Capitol Semester program. The Wilder School Office of Student Success will be available to share information about the program on the hour, each hour (students can attend anytime during the 11 am - 2 pm time block; student attendees do not need to stay the whole time slot :))

Featured Internships and Jobs



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Check out additional opportunities using VCU Resources: Handshake, Student Opportunity Center, and Parker Dewey


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