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College of Humanities & Sciences

Department of African American Studies

AFAM Internship Program

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The discipline of African American Studies is grounded in the perspective that thought cannot be separated from action, that education cannot be separated from experience, and that the university cannot be separated from the community. In support of these ends, the internship program is designed to provide African American Studies majors at Virginia Commonwealth University with the opportunity to apply the work they are doing in the classroom to the work that is happening all around us in Richmond. It is designed to provide students with real-life experience working with a population of African descent with the goal of defining, improving, affirming, and/or validating Black experiences. It aims to foster the professional development of students in areas of critical interest to African American Studies and to the community at large.

The internship program runs in the fall and spring semesters. AFAM majors should enroll in the program the semester before their final semester and prior to taking their AFAM 499 Capstone.

To review the list of internship sites and indicate your interest in the program, visit our internship website.

If you have questions please contact Dr. Adam Ewing, Internship Program Coordinator, at

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