Opportunities: Internships, Scholarships, Jobs

Campaigns and organizations frequently contact the Department and its faculty with internship opportunities that we share with our students and post on campus to our Careers bulletin board. See UMW Political Science & International Affairs page on Facebook for those listings, and talk to your major advisor about internships and how to get started. UMW Career Services also keep a list of internships available for UMW students.

Spring 2022

Global Camps Africa Internship

Global Camps Africa is currently looking for a summer communications intern. Preferably, they would want someone with a demonstrated interest in development or international relations but if you have a passion for social justice, we can put you in touch with the alum who shared this opportunity with us. Please see the link below for the details of the internship and how to apply. If you have questions, reach out to Paige McKinsey, paige@globalcampsafrica.org

View the Global Camps Africa employment opportunities page here.

Flyer to work in the voting registrar office of Fredericksburg.Voting Registrar Office Job!

Interested in learning more about the voting process? The Voting Registrar’s office for the City of Fredericksburg is hiring. Use the link below to find the application link for the position “Assistant Registrar II”. Applications due April 1! https://www.fredericksburgva.gov/216/Employment



Flyer to become a U M W Voting Ambassador.Virginia21 and UMW Votes Opportunities

Join Virginia21 to learn about Virginia state policy! Some activities include a luncheon in the fall where participants get to meet the governor, and a conference in the spring where participants learn about state policy. As members of Virginia21, you can work with UMW Votes if you want to, to learn more about voter registration and voter mobilization. And/or you can do other civic engagement activities. There are opportunities with UMW Votes where students can gain their BTC gen ed and earn academic credit as well. Also, there are a few paid fellowships that students may qualify for. Click the links below to learn more about Virginia21 and UMW Votes!


Governor Glenn Youngkin Announces 2022 Governor’s Fellows Program

Deadline to apply is Sunday, March 27

The Governor’s Fellows Program is a prestigious opportunity for rising seniors and recent graduates to get a firsthand look at the executive branch in action. Since 1982, fellows have worked alongside the Governor’s Cabinet and staff, learning about state government and assisting in essential work for the Commonwealth. “We are excited to welcome the next generation of leaders to kick off their careers with our administration,” said Governor Youngkin. “The Governor’s Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for young Virginians and students to experience public service first-hand and gain essential work skills for their future.”

“Through meaningful interactions with the Governor’s senior level staff, lunches with Cabinet members, trips around the Commonwealth, and projects both inside and outside my assigned Secretariat, I became fully immersed in Virginia government at the highest level,” said Tommy Lukish, a 2012 Governor’s Fellow. “In every way, those experiences amplified my appreciation for public service and helped my personal and professional growth.” During their time in service to the Commonwealth, Governor’s fellows have the opportunity to learn from special guest speakers who are leaders in state government and beyond. Fellows also experience state government on the road, visiting state government agencies and historic sites that have shaped our past and are improving our future.

Qualified applicants must be rising college seniors, graduating seniors, or graduate students. All Virginia college and university students are eligible to apply. Virginia residents who attend out-of-state colleges and universities are also eligible. Both public and private college and university students are encouraged to apply. The selection of fellows is based solely on merit. The Fellows Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

The deadline to apply for the Governor’s Fellows Program is Monday, March 28, 2022. Interviews will begin on March 30, 2022. Applicants will be advised on decisions beginning on April 18, 2022. The program runs from Monday, May 30, 2022 to Friday, July 29, 2020. To apply, visit the Governor’s Fellows Program website and send the required recommendation letters to the address below:

Governor’s Fellows Program
Post Office Box 2454
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Please email any questions to govfellows@governor.virginia.gov.

USC Research Training Program for Undergrads

The Security and Political Economy (SPEC) Lab at the University of Southern California is welcoming applications from current undergraduate students for an 8-week intensive research training program, “Data Science and the Political Economy of International Security” in summer 2022. The program, which runs from June 13th to August 5th, includes training in research methods and work as a research assistant on faculty-led projects related to the political economy of security. The program is funded by the National Science Foundation and all participants will receive free housing on the USC campus, travel reimbursement, and a stipend. (We plan for the program to be in-person and will follow public health guidance from USC and local government officials.) We particularly welcome applications from first-generation college students, minority students, and other students from under-represented groups, however all undergraduate students graduating after August 2022 are encouraged to apply. Additional information on the program is below and can be found on our program page: https://www.uscspec.org/contact.

DAI Global Junior Professional Cohort

DAI Global is offering another round of their junior professional cohort — with anticipated start date of April 1. See more! This is a rare opportunity in the field of international development.
The cohort will complete an orientation which will include a comprehensive introduction to the international development industry in addition to workshops and training on the functional areas that are foundational to DAI’s business: project management and operations, business development, and contract and financial management processes.
Following the orientation period, cohort participants will be assigned to either an Associate position in USG Programs or a New Business/Opportunity Coordinator role in Development Innovations. While Associates will work primarily on project management activities and New Business/Opportunity Coordinators on proposal efforts, it is expected that individuals will be able to work in either functional area as needed. Click here to learn more and apply!

A flyer, which notes the flyer as paid for by Yesli Vega, is advertising for a political campaign internship for Yesli Vega including voter contact, special events, and networking.Yesli Vega Campaign Intern Opportunity

Yesli Vega for Virginia is looking for enthusiastic and dedicated students that want to learn more about the ins & outs of a political campaign. To apply for an internship, send your resume to Eric Paige (eric@yeslivega.com) or call at (518) 796-9702.




Virginia Conservation Fellowship

The Virginia Conservation Fellowship (VCF) is a prestigious, selective, yearlong work/study program for UMW juniors/seniors of color and other groups underrepresented in Virginia environmentalism. With the slogan “More than an internship,” VCF is designed to be a pipeline program that kick-starts motivated UMW students’ careers. Fellows gain professional experience, skills, and academic credit for successful work and research coordinated with two established, pro-conservation non-profits: the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) and Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR). Embedded within their respective organization, VCF Fellows pursue interests in environmental science, conservation advocacy, land use policy, or similar areas. Preference is given to in-state students residing in the organizations’ service areas. Click here to learn more and apply!

DAI Global Job Opportunity

DAI Global, one of the largest USAID development contractors, is hiring an entry level Business Development Assistant. Click here to find out more!

“DAI is a global development company with corporate offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, EU, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Palestine and project operations worldwide. We tackle fundamental social and economic development problems caused by inefficient markets, ineffective governance, and instability. DAI works on the frontlines of global development. Transforming ideas into action—action into impact. We are committed to shaping a more livable world.”

Summer Internship Opportunities with the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

The National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations’ Washington, DC Summer Internship Program offers undergraduate and graduate students a ten-week professional, academic, and career opportunity internship with an organization in the nation’s capital. The program features a demanding mix of professional involvement, intellectual challenge, career exploration, and cross-cultural encounters designed to provide students with a rich and varied experience.

Professional work experience: Interns are placed with one of over a dozen Near East and Arab region-related organizations with offices in Washington, D.C., where they are expected to work 35-40 hours per week under the direct supervision of their host organizations. Internships are unpaid.
Academic seminars: Interns take part in twice-weekly seminar sessions designed to provide them with greater depth of knowledge about the Arab region, to underscore the cultural, economic, and political diversity of Arab states, and to explore the intricacies of Arab-U.S. relations. There will be a particular emphasis, though not exclusively, on Arabia and the Gulf.

Site visits: Interns receive a behind-the-scenes look at many of the central institutions of federal government, national security policymaking, international diplomacy, and international business.

Sponsorship: The program is administered by National Council professionals and staff, together with more than two dozen of America’s foremost scholars and leading foreign affairs practitioners. The programs, activities, and functions represented by the organizations and corporations that provide the professional work experience component of the program are varied. Included among placements in recent years have been educational development and exchange organizations, bimonthly and quarterly publications, humanitarian relief groups, broadcasting networks, area studies centers, international transportation companies, foreign trade associations, peace and justice advocacy groups, and a variety of non-governmental organizations.

Program Dates: May 23 – July 29, 2022

Application Deadline: All materials must be postmarked by Friday, February 25, 2022.

Click here to learn more and apply!

Bullpen Strategy Group Jobs

Alum Andrew Muchnick’s company, Bullpen Strategy Group, is hiring again! This time they have openings on multiple teams, including a great entry-level position on his media monitoring team. If you are interested, please see the descriptions and application details at the bottom of this page: https://bullpenstrategygroup.com/team/
Please feel free to reach out to Andrew with any questions. Click here to reach Andrew’s Facebook page.

International Affairs Intern – ASCO

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is looking for a highly motivated International Affairs Intern to join the International Affairs Department this summer. The intern will provide support for ASCO’s International Development and Education Award (IDEA) program, which supports the professional development of early career oncologists in low- and middle-income countries by pairing them with a mentor, providing ASCO membership, and working with them to conduct ASCO programs in their countries. ASCO now has about 400 past participants (“alumni”) in the IDEA program in more than 65 countries. Click here to learn more and apply!

Abigail Spanberger Campaign Field Organizer

VA just recently passed new redistricting maps, meaning Abigail Spanberger’s VA-07 district now encompasses Fredericksburg, Stafford, and parts of PWC. Her 2022 re-election campaign is hiring for a Fredericksburg, Stafford, or PWC based field organizer to bring on to her highly competitive campaign. This is a great chance to get your feet wet in the Federal political sphere, especially being a 2022 frontline race. Applications are due 2/1/22. Let Abigail Spanberger campaign alum Jasmine Smith know if you have any questions! Click here for more information and how to apply.

Fall 2021

Montgomery County Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice Jobs

Training Manager

The Montgomery County Office of Racial Equity and Social Justice is hiring for a training program manager, closing on 12/8! Click here to learn more and apply!

The position is mid-level for someone with experience facilitating/coaching/providing technical assistance to individuals and organizations that are assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating policies and programs for racial equity. This is a highly abbreviated description, please see the position description for detail.

Policy Analyst

The program manager/policy analyst will be a part of a collaborative, horizontal, and intersectional team, helping to hold County government accountable for our commitment to racial equity and social justice. As a program manager, you will be facilitating the County’s commitment and strategy to be a racially equitable organization that develops, implements and measures racially equitable policies and practices. In addition, by measuring, tracking, and analyzing the effectiveness of racial equity initiatives, the employee will identify opportunities for new areas of focus. Click here to learn more and apply!

Internship Opportunity with Truman Center

Truman Center for National Policy is looking for highly motivated students to serve as undergraduate and graduate fellows who will support our work in national security and foreign policy. Undergraduate and graduate fellows will get exposure to 2000+ leaders in national security from all walks of life (military, government leaders, etc.). This is a unique opportunity to support a dynamic organization, gain valuable experience on a range of issues and non-profit management, and learn from experts in the fields of national security and foreign policy. Click here to learn more/apply!

Also, feel free to reach out to alumna Shirley Martey Hargis!

A flyer wanting Virginia Senate interns to assist Virginia-17 Representative Bryce Reeves' office.Senate Interns Wanted


VA-17 Representative Bryce Reeves’ office is looking for motivated, driven college students to assist us during the upcoming 2022 legislative session. General interest in state level politics and a familiarity with district VA-17 preferred. Duties would include managing constituent email contact, meeting with constituents and advocacy groups as needed, helping to prepare the Senator’s daily calendar, and anything else assigned by the Senator or Chief of Staff. Competitive applicants will be comfortable working as a part of a team in a fast-paced, exciting environment and show a willingness to learn.

To apply, please email your resume as well as a brief statement describing why you are interested to: james@brycereeves.com.

Envision Experience by WorldStrides Opportunities

Envision Experience by WorldStrides runs a wide range of educational summer programs and are beginning their hiring process for 2022. Their NYLF National Security program has paid positions at the University of Maryland, College Park, with offsite visits around the Washington, D.C. area. Lodging and meals are covered, and they are able to offer compensation for travel to/from the program site. The program runs five sessions in the months of June and July. Click here to learn more and/or apply!

In addition, There Global Young Leaders Conference may be of interest as an employment opportunity for the students in the International Affairs side. Click here to learn more!

Project 2049 Institute Internship Opportunity

The Project 2049 Institute is accepting applications for Spring 2022 internship positions for current students and recent graduates.


Position Responsibilities:
· Assist with the Institute’s research projects and ongoing programs
· Assist with administrative tasks, event planning, and other logistics
· Help maintain and update the Institute’s social media outlets
· Conduct independent research with opportunities to publish on the Institute’s blog, AsiaEye
· Attend local events based on research and project interests
· Complete projects both in teams and individually
Minimum Requirements:
· Excellent research, writing, and communication skills
· Interest in the following: China, the CCP, the PLA, Taiwan, and U.S. allies and partners in the region
· Prior research or work experience related to the Indo-Pacific region
· Ability to conduct Chinese language research; proficiency in Chinese (Mandarin, simplified or traditional) is desirable
· Current undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate
· Self-motivated and able to work independently
· Experience with maintaining continuity in public outreach is a plus

Benefits of Internship:
· Gain research experience on Asia security issues
· Learn about the non-profit and think tank industry from all levels of the Institute’s management
· Opportunities to network with government and private sector professionals working on Asia-Pacific security and policy
· Opportunities to contribute to the Institute’s blog, AsiaEye
· Monthly stipend

To apply for this position, please electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to project2049@project2049.net. Please specify in your cover letter whether you would like to take part in a virtual or in-person internship.
The deadline for application submission is 11:59 pm on Monday, December 6, 2021.
For more information on the Project 2049 Institute, visit their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter: @Project2049.

Environmentalism Fellowship

Environmentally minded students may be interested in the unique opportunity linked below, now entering its second year. This 9-month fellowship aims to kick-start the careers of motivated juniors/seniors of color and other groups underrepresented in Virginia environmentalism. Two fellowships are available with established local non-profits, and stipends are included. Any major may apply. The application deadline is February 15, 2022. Click here to learn more and apply!

Congressional Internship Opportunity

Senator Mark R. Warner’s Vienna office seeks undergraduates or recent graduates for a constituent services internship. As our office continues to work to return to a normal pre-pandemic posture, we plan to launch a spring 2022 internship program that offers a limited number of in-person, remote, or hybrid intern positions. Click here to learn more!

In order to be considered, interested applicants must complete the online application located on Senator Warner’s website by November 30th: https://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/internships

Texas Democratic Party Hiring

The Texas Democratic Party is hiring a Convention Director responsible for managing the largest Democratic political event in Texas during the 2022 cycle!
More details and the link to apply is here!

Institute for the Study of War Internships

The Institute for the Study of War is offering several different internships in 2022. Click here to see the different opportunities and learn more!

Edison Research Election Jobs

Edison Research is looking for political science students to report election results for the upcoming VA General Election on Tuesday, November 2nd. Edison Research is the firm that collects the vote totals on Election Night for the National Election Pool, which consists of ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC.
The job would require an individual to report to a local County Elections Office and call in to their offices to report the vote totals as they are released on Election Night. There are several convenient locations in and around the Spotsylvania County area. The job would be for Election Night only, on the evening of Tuesday, November 2nd. The position pays $85.00. Any punctual and responsible individual would be a good fit for this position!
Edison Research also conducts the National Exit Poll on Election Day. They have several Exit Pollster and interviewer positions available throughout the area. This position pays 275$ for a full day of interviewing. Exit pollsters would go to an assigned polling location from poll-open to poll-close (6am-7pm) and ask voters if they would like to take a short, confidential survey for the news. A few times throughout the day Exit Pollsters would call their results into the office.
To learn more about Edison Research, click here!
feel free to email Noah Blackstone at nblackstone@edisonresearch.com if you’re interested or have questions! Include your name and a good contact number.

A flyer for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (J E T) Program to live, work, and discover in Japan.Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program


Live, work, and discover in Japan! The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program offers young professionals the opportunity to work in Japan as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) or Coordinators for International Relations (CIRs). Since 1987, more than 70,000 JET Program participants from 75 countries have lived and worked in cities, towns, and villages throughout Japan. Join JET and become part of this exclusive network of likeminded international enthusiasts! To learn more, come and speak to a JET Program representative at our virtual information session!

DATE: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
TIME: 4:00pm
REGISTRATION: Please pre-register from HERE!

Click here to view the flyer larger and learn more!

Positions with CRDF Global

Alumna Shirley Hargis has a position open at CRDF Global:

“Here is a list of open positions, including the “Project Lead, Countering People’s Republic of China (PRC) Acquisition and Misuse of Weaponizable Technologies and Talent.”
If you have any questions about this role, please reach out to me, and I am happy to share insight and ensure that your app gets in front of the right folks.” Click here to explore the listings. Click here to reach out to alumna Shirley.

IACP Entry Level Project Coordinator

Alumna Britnae Purdy has a position open at the IACP:

The IACP Global Unit is hiring two project managers to support a Bloomberg grant to reduce traffic fatalities. It’s not listed yet, but we will be hiring for a project coordinator soon as well, which is roughly the same job but more entry level – so if you don’t reach all the qualifications posted here I still encourage you to apply. Experience working and traveling overseas is a huge bonus, as is foreign language ability, particularly Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, or other dialects common to Maharashtra or Delhi. Click here to learn more and apply!

Fredericksburg Internship Opportunity

Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO) is looking for a Transportation Planning Intern. Alumna Stacey Feindt (PS) works for the FAMPO as well, so feel free to reach out to her via our Facebook page! Click the link below to learn more and apply!

Grassroots Advocacy Internship Opportunity 

National Council for Mental Well-Being is looking for a Grassroots Advocacy Intern who is interested in Policy. Alumna Natalie Weiner (PS) works for the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, so feel free to reach out to her via our Facebook page! Click the link below for more details and to apply.

A flyer to intern for Governor Youngkin's team.Governor Youngkin Internship


Click here to learn more information!





Spring 2021

Virginia Conservation Fellowship

“More than an internship…”

Land conservation is an environmental justice issue that affects climate change, safeguards cultural heritage, improves communities’ access to clean air, water, and recreation, and much more. Despite our region’s striking diversity, few people of color work with, serve, or lead local conservation and environmental groups. Important land use decisions therefore seldom reflect Virginia’s human diversity. Click here to learn more!

Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship

The National Bureau of Asian Research is Extending educational, professional, and mentorship opportunities to students of color who are interested in pursuing a career in international affairs and Asia policy. Click here to apply! Read below to learn more!
The NBR Undergraduate Diversity Fellowship program encourages the applications of students who are members of groups historically underrepresented in the think tank and policymaking communities and are interested in a career in international affairs.

  • Be a freshman or sophomore in college with a legal authorization to work in the United States.
  • Be interested in Asia and U.S. foreign policy with demonstrated academic achievement and leadership potential.


    • May–August 2021 fellowship is entirely virtual.
    • Orientation (part-time, stipend provided) Prepare for the summer fellowship under mentorship of a supervisor in May.
    • Summer Immersion (full-time, stipend provided) Develop skills for future careers and network in the policy community.
    • Professional Development – Learn how to write memos, manage projects, support senior staff, and more.
    • Lunchtime Series Engage informally with policy professionals and hear about their career experiences.

To be considered for a fellowship, an applicant must submit the following materials through NBR’s application website:

  • A short resume that includes academic and leadership achievements.
  • A two-page statement of interest that addresses your interest in Asia and U.S. foreign policy and how this fellowship program will contribute to your studies and future career plans.
  • An unofficial university transcript.
  • Contact information for three professional or academic references.

Virginia Management Fellows Program

The Virginia Management Fellows program is a innovative and prestigious fellowship that features educational and hands-on learning seminars, a leadership certificate program, 8-month rotations in three state agencies, and a manager-level agency mentor for each of the rotations. Fellows also lead and direct service-learning initiatives. Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows are invited to apply to state positions. To learn more and apply, click the flyer below! Applications are due Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 11:59pm.

VMF Getting into State Government Fellowship Opportunities Flyer

DC Networking Opportunity

Networking and policy opportunity with Local University Conservatives (LUC) Network!! Check out the flyer below to learn more!

Spring 2021 Heritage LUC Network Flyer

State Delegate Campaign Internship

Remote internship opportunity! For more information, check out the attached flyer. In addition to what is mentioned on the flyer, they are happy to sign off on community service logs, and to provide course credit where possible.

Internship Opportunity Flyer

Fall 2020

1st China-America Student Conference (ChASC)

The ChASC is currently recruiting Chinese and American Student Leaders to present at their first annual conference! No Chinese language proficiency is required as the official language of the Conference is English. The conference dates are: December 27 – 30, 2020 and January 3 – 7, 2021. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until December 6, 2020. If you are interested click on one of the links below!

Click here for more information

Click here to apply

Summer 2021 Student Opportunity in Japan: The 73rd Japan-America Student Conference

The 73rd Japan-America Student Conference (JASC) will bring together American and Japanese university students from a variety of academic disciplines to live, travel, and conduct original peer-reviewed research together. Over the course of this academically intensive and culturally immersive conference, delegates will build lifelong friendships, develop cross-cultural communication skills, and connect with leading professionals in the field of US-Japan relations, all while gaining a firsthand understanding of this ever-evolving and multifaceted relationship.

The 73rd JASC will travel to Kyoto; Aomori; Fukushima; and Tokyo, Japan from

August 2 to August 20, 2021

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until

December 11, 2020

Click here to learn more!

Click here to access the application! 

The Hopkins-Nanjing Center: Now Accepting Applications!

At the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, students get to study, discuss, and debate some of the most important issues faced by the world today, all while advancing their Chinese language skills in the city of Nanjing. If you are interested in Chinese language and improving your research skills and understanding Sino-global relations, highly consider this opportunity! To learn more and apply, click here!

Brand for Voters First talent network to search job openings.Voters First Talent Network

Voters First is a political science job search site. They can direct you to internships and careers across the country that best suit your resume, and show you different organizations that you may not know about. To learn more, click here.

Virtual Young Professionals Program 2020-21

Jamestown’s Young Professionals Program is a seasonal lecture series that provides individuals beginning a career in international security with the opportunity to engage current and former top U.S. policymakers, diplomats and Jamestown analysts. Click here to learn more.