Richmond Internship Program
2011 Legislative Session
With the application, please include a resume detailing past work experience and other qualifications. Please return the completed application and resume to the Government Department office by 5pm November 10.
Due to the high volume of applications, not everyone will be accepted into the program. Primary consideration will be given to upperclassmen, though freshmen are encouraged to apply.
If you have questions, feel free to contact Beau Wright at email@example.com.
The internship is a pass/fail, two-credit Government Department program. The workload will include small weekly assignments (memos, short essays) and some after-session classes. Students who do not want the academic credit, but still would like to intern under the auspices of the program are encouraged to apply.
The program will help place students in legislative and executive branch offices based on their political preference, though placements are dependent upon the needs of individual offices. Interns will carpool to Richmond Tuesday and Thursday of each week of the legislative session, which lasts between mid-January and late February. Gas and parking expenses will be reimbursed for interns who take a brief driving safety training session and agree to transport other students. However, travel expenses will not be reimbursed for individual students who opt to drive themselves. The workday will last roughly between 7:30am to 4pm. Accepted students should adjust their schedules accordingly. Students will treat their internships as a job; attendance is mandatory. Excuses will only be made for emergencies, medical reasons, or inclement weather.
Students will also be expected to attend weekly meetings in Richmond. An important part of the program will be meeting and speaking with policymakers from the legislative and executive branches, lobbyists, and other key leaders in Richmond. Students will be expected to attend and participate in these meetings. Those with repeated absences from meetings or work will be warned and, if necessary, asked to withdraw from the program.
Interning in Richmond is a rich, valuable experience, but one that should be taken seriously. Students of all majors are welcome to apply.
Do you want to receive the two Government Department credits?
Are there any extra-curricular activities that should be taken into consideration?
Do you have a car? If yes, would you be willing to drive other interns?
Is there a kind of office you would like to intern with (Republican, Democrat, Independent/ House of Delegates, State Senate, Executive Branch)?
Please list preferences for offices you would like to intern with:
SHORT ESSAY (500 words or less; you may attach your answers to the application):
How do you think the Richmond Internship Program will advance your academic and/or career goals?