Taylor Thornhill poses in front of the Capitol Building [View Image]“Being an African American female interning on Capitol Hill is a dream that I thought would never come true. So being here is surreal!“
-- Taylor Thornhill

VCU Political Science students can earn up to six credits for internship hours earned during fall, spring and summer semesters: one credit=50 hours working on an internship.

Students may apply for internship credits with a variety of politically-relevant organizations, including, but not limited to, government offices, non-profit groups, political campaigns, law offices, media outlets, lobbying groups, etc.

Students may also apply for POLI credit through the Wilder School’s Virginia Capitol Semester program in the Virginia General Assembly.

Although it is each student’s responsibility to find an internship that best suits their interests and talents, this is a list that keeps a live-updated record of potential internship opportunities.student Fadel Alassan poses in front of CNN headquarters sign [View Image]"The internship at CNN has been a phenomenal experience for me as a political science student hoping to go into journalism. I learned a lot about how the news is gathered and delivered to viewers at home from the biggest news company in the world, and I made a ton of connections in the journalism industry. I was working in a department called 'The Row,' which does research, fact-checking, editing and approval for stories that air on cable and appear on CNN's website. CNN has a very rigorous standard for reporting facts, and I learned so much from being a part of that process." -- Fadel Alassan

 Justin Toy poses with Governor McAuliffe and Secretary Moran [View Image]"Working for then Governor McAuliffe and Secretary Moran was a honor due to the service I could give back to my home state. In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, working in Public Safety and Homeland Security taught me a great deal about the effort and passion needed to protect the Commonwealth." -- Justin Toy

Internship Instructions

Students who are interested in receiving course credits for their internship must follow the procedure outlined below

  1. Look at internship opportunities: utilize Handshake, look out for POLI Intern email alerts and look for opportunities on your own

  2. Talk to your POLI advisor about whether an internship for credit is right for you (if you are thinking about it or have been offered an opportunity) Make an appointment or email

  3. Fill out the Internship application (provided by your advisor)

  4. Once the application form is approved, the student and their supervisor must sign off on an agreement form (see below) articulating the responsibilities of both parties.

  5. Once the agreement form is received, the Political Science adviser will provide you with instructions on how to override into the course. It is the student’s responsibility to complete this final step of enrolling in course credits.

 Amanda Hales works with ACLU colleagues in the field [View Image]“I am on a pre-law track, and I plan on attending law school post-graduation to study constitutional law. I’m most interested in the area of law that is focused on fighting to promote the civil rights and liberties of all people. So, having this opportunity to intern at and contribute to the ACLU as an organization that has been at the forefront of that fight for almost a century is one that I am very grateful for." -- Amanda Hales


For general information contact your POLI advisors

Internship Coordinator
Nathan Bickett

Internship Director
Simon Okoth, PhD

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