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Virginia Capital Semester

Virginia Capital Semester
Virginia Capital Semester

Open to qualified students nationwide

Get behind-the-scenes legislative experience. Add a state government internship to your resume.

Virginia Capital Semester is your chance to gain firsthand experience in the legislative arena while taking classes as a full-time student at VCU. The program is open to qualified undergraduate students from accredited public and private institutions across the country.

How does it work?

You’ll participate in an internship with members of the Virginia Senate or House of Delegates. Internship preferences are honored but not guaranteed — final placement is determined by the student and the office sponsoring the internship.

Interns also gather for a weekly policymaking seminar to hear from key leaders in the Capitol and to network.

What classes will I take?

The internship and weekly seminar are required. Additional related VCU classes are recommended in areas such as public administration, history of Virginia and public policy.

Students are encouraged to cap the semester at 15 credits, including:

  • Three credits for the required internship
  • Three credits for the required weekly policy-making seminar
  • Six to nine credits from other VCU courses

Interns work for a minimum of 20 hours per week, but most work more during the General Assembly session. Taking classes that cluster together can free up longer blocks for the internship.

You’ll receive individual advising throughout the semester. We work with other institutions to accept the transfer credits from VCU.

How much does it cost?

Students pay the VCU semester tuition and fees and receive all services available to VCU students. Housing is provided through VCU. A need-based financial award may be available to qualified students.

Selection process

Participants are selected by a committee that includes faculty members and state officials, with preference given to students who will have advanced junior or senior standing during the program.