UVA Center for Politics Announces $100,000 Fund to Replace Lost Public Sector Student Internships

 Multiple UVA Units Team Up to Provide Alternative Virtual Summer Internship Program

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The University of Virginia Center for Politics announced plans today to provide $100,000 in financial assistance to UVA students who have lost their public sector internships or public sector summer jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Emergency funding provided by the Larry J. Sabato Foundation and the Peter and Eaddo Kiernan Foundation will be used to launch a virtual five-week summer internship that will provide paid stipends of at least $2,000 for as many as 50 University students. Additional support for the student stipends is also being provided by McGuireWoods Consulting.

Anyone interested in contributing to the effort may donate online at https://centerforpolitics.org/support-the-center/

“Through no fault of their own, a growing number of students at the University of Virginia who were expecting to earn some money by interning in government or politics this summer have now lost those jobs as a result of the pandemic,” said Larry J. Sabato, Director of the UVA Center for Politics. “The absence of these students from the public sector occurs during a time when the country needs them the most. They can’t afford to lose their jobs, and the rest of us can’t afford to lose their talents.” 

The UVA Center for Politics is working jointly with other related public sector units of the University of Virginia including the Miller Center; the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service/Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership; the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; and the UVA Career Center to create a virtual summer internship program, which is expected to last five weeks from late June through the end of July. Students accepted to this unique internship program will work virtually with participating units and will also participate in joint programming aimed at addressing public problems facing the country as a result of the pandemic, such as voter registration and absentee voting in the November election.

The program is open to rising Second-, Third-, and Fourth-Year undergraduate students of the University of Virginia who have lost public sector jobs and internships as a result of the pandemic. Students will be selected by committee based on an online application available on the website of the UVA Center for Politics, the Miller Center, and other participating units of the University of Virginia. Notification of students accepted to the program is expected to be completed by May 15, 2020.

The internship application for students is available at: https://centerforpolitics.org/student-internship/