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IPP: Public Policy Intern - Summer 2021

This organization is recognized as a partner in the UVA Internship Placement Program connecting UVA students with pre-qualified internship opportunities for the summer and academic year.
To apply for this position, students must REGISTER for the UVA Internship Placement Program and complete an application and a pre-interview with the Career Center. An application fee is required; waivers are available.
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Internship Title: Public Policy Intern

Internship and Organization Description: 
Interns can expect to be exposed to a large range of public policy issues affecting localities such as Community and Economic Development, Environmental Quality, Finance, General Laws, Human Development and Education, and Transportation. Interns will be expected to research relevant legislative issues related to the development of the VML policy and legislative priorities.
Responsibilities are flexible and can be adjusted to align with the intern’s strengths and interests. The internship will provide experience working with communications, member education and engagement, and policy analysis and development.
About the Virginia Municipal League
The Virginia Municipal League was founded in 1905 and is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of city, town, and county governments working together to improve and assist local governments through legislative advocacy, research, education, and other services. VML manages several affiliate organizations to include the Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA), the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association (VBCOA), the Municipal Electric Power Association of Virginia (MEPAV) and the Virginia Energy Purchasing Group Association (VEPGA). VML has six policy committees which meet regularly to update the VML Policy Statements and a Legislative Committee which is responsible for considering and developing legislative positions annually.     
  • Research trends in assigned policy areas 
  • Analyze legislation and public policy issues 
  • Attending committee meetings
  • Attend VML Affiliate organization meetings and/or events
  • Assist with member education, outreach, and training events
  • Prepare a feature article for the Virginia, Town and City (VTC) magazine
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Professional attitude and behavior
  • Ability to work independently
  • Interest in public service and public policy
The intern and supervisor will set up a mutually agreed upon schedule of 20 hours per week, typically during regular business hours for 8 weeks.
Personal Transportation Needed?
The internship is located at the VML Office, 13 East Franklin Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.
This internship is eligible for the Morton F. Wallerstein Scholarship