To provide students the opportunity to address some of the biggest problems facing the country and the world and, through their work, to make a lasting impact on public policy.

Christine was a second-year undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Marine Biology, when she completed her internship.

Thomas was a third-year undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying History and Foreign Affairs, when he completed his internship.

JaVori was a fourth-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying Government and Studio Art, when she completed her internship.


In 2020, the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, the Weldon Cooper Center/Sorensen Institute, the Miller Center, the Democracy Initiative, the Batten School, and the Career Center worked together to create the 22nd Century Scholars program, a five-week virtual internship for approximately 60 student interns. The program is so named because these scholars will make a lasting impact on public policy that extends into the 22nd century

Program Structure

  • In 2021, the program will be structured as follows:

    Through this five-week long internship, students will gain hands-on experience and will have access to additional resources, such as career development sessions, webinars and networking opportunities with policymakers, non-profit leaders, and other guests. Each student will be paired with a UVA alumnus/a mentor.

    During the first three weeks of the program, students will work at their designated participating unit. Programming criteria and internship requirements will vary by unit, but students may be tasked with submitting a final project such as a white paper and/or a digital exhibit and/or a digital conference (open to the public) on themes to be assigned at the unit level.

    Student interns will work with supervising units to assist in specific unit-level projects and will also assemble weekly on designated days for hour-long, day-specific educational programming.

    During the final two weeks of the program, the entire cohort will come together to work on a virtual exchange program with a delegation of undergraduate students from Iraq.

    This program will be conducted remotely in 2021. Students will be invited to an in-person reception in the fall of 2021.

  • Students receive a $2,000 stipend for the five-week long internship.


If you are interested in applying to the 22nd Century Scholars program, you can do so through the 22nd Century Scholars site.