Christine Shan, 22nd Century Scholar


Through hands-on leadership activities, mentorship from public service professionals, and participation in a speaker series with top government officials, students learn how to make an impact on public policy. 

Henry Gaston, Wallerstein Scholar


Student scholars engage in a variety of public service internships within the Cooper Center, the Virginia Municipal League, or local governing organizations throughout the Commonwealth.

Sarah Benda, intern for Center for Economic & Policy Studies

Cooper Center interns

Students can gain practical public service experience by working within one of the Cooper Center's teams from leadership development to applied research and energy work to media production.

Alexis Freitas, Center for Economic & Policy Studies intern

Alexis freitas

Alexis worked for the Center for Economic & Policy Studies as a researcher. She contributed to a range of projects from creating visualizations for an energy dashboard used to track Virginia's progress toward decarbonization to simulating ways to supplement Virginia's electricity with renewable sources.  

"My time as a research assistant at the Weldon Cooper Center has been my favorite experience to date as an undergraduate student at UVA. I learned an immense amount and was able to work with some really brilliant people on a project I was enthusiastic about.”