L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



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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: 

Wilder School Student Internship Guide

Government and Public Affairs Experience Application


COVID 19 update

Students are able to continue remote and on-site internships. Off-Campus sites should abide by health and safety standards as mandated by the state regarding COVID -19 protocols. University updates can be found here: https://together.vcu.edu/ and https://real.vcu.edu/partners/partnering/

For Off-campus experiential learning activities the Health and Safety Acknowledgement form, which has been updated for spring 2021, is required for students participating in off-campus, non-clinical academic activities.


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

2021 Summer Basic Jailors Academy is canceled. We hope to resume the program in 2022.

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 view the interest flyer below. For questions, contact wsinternship@vcu.edu or (804) 827-2791. 


Basic Jailor Information Flyer


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