Pursuing experiences outside of the classroom will not only help you develop your resume and other professional documents, but will also help you clarify the kind of work and environments that will be of best fit.  The resources below provide options you can pursue on Grounds, around town and beyond.  

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UVA Involvement & Volunteering

Getting involved on Grounds and in the local Charlottesville area will help you to build a stronger connection to the UVA community while also gaining valuable transferable skills that will make you more marketable upon graduation. Proactively exploring the activities and experiences available will serve as a catalyst to gaining a greater understanding of your personal preferences and interests and how they relate to your overall career ideas.  If you are unsure of how to get started.  Check out the Idealist Volunteer Resource Center to help you explore volunteer opportunities right for you.

Public Service at UVA - Learning in Action 

This is the best place to get connected to service learning opportunities here at the University as well as in the surrounding community.  Discover ways to integrate your classroom experience with your interest in service, search UVA student organizations by issues of interest, find volunteer opportunities and get a feel for the timeline of when major Public Service and Government events and programs happen at UVA.  You can also sign-up for a monthly newsletter.

Madison House

A nonprofit in Charlottesville supporting UVA students who wish to make an impact in the local community, Madison House partners with 160+ community-based organizations to provide volunteer and leadership opportunities to students.  You can participate as a volunteer providing direct service or try out your leadership skills as a Program Director.  Find out how to get involved today by exploring their Volunteer Programs.


A weekly newsletter that aims to connect students, faculty, staff and community members with opportunities for active engagement within and beyond the University.  Sign-up for their newsletter today!

Student Councils

Many student-led councils exist at UVA.  Student councils are a great place learn what it is like to represent the needs and interests of fellow students, strengthen college identity, plan a variety of events, foster faculty-student relations, and connect with alumni.  Explore the options below and consider running for office.

Master a Language

Many academic programs exist at UVA to help you become multilingual. There are also several language houses on Grounds that will help you build a stronger connection to the UVA community while also gaining valuable transferable skills that are highly valued in Public Service & Government careers.

Public Service Centers at UVA

These are institutes that seek to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges. These centers regularly sponsor conferences on important issues, and host public debate series to present substantive policy discussions to educate and help elevate public discussion.  Many also offer internships for undergraduate students.

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

A local nonprofit that helps support other nonprofit organizations in the Charlottesville area.  Search their database of nonprofits to connect with local organizations.

Spritual/Religious Student Groups

Click here for a list of spiritual and religious student groups at UVA.

Government and Political Organizations in the Charlottesville Area

Consider volunteering in the community with a local government office or political party.

In addition to these activities and experiences view these student organizations at UVA listed by career community - although keep in mind that just like with majors, any set of extracurriculars can give you experience for any field! Another great resource is exploring the searchable UVA Organizations Directory.

Jobs & Internships


Search for Public Service & Government part-time jobs on-Grounds, internships and full-time opportunities specifically for UVA students.

Entry-Level and Internship Opportunities from Work for Good Resource

A dedicated feed of internships and entry level jobs for UVA students from the Work for Good team

Public Service & Government Subscription-based Resources 

Housed in Handshake, they resources provide access to additional internship and job databases. 

Public Service & Government Resources by Industry 

A selection of tailored resources for industries including Nonprofits, NGOs and Foundations, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Humanitarianism, Politics, Government (Local, State, Tribal and Federal), Spiritual/Religious Organizations and Intelligence and Security.

Internships & Externships

Provides a variety of tools and resources to help you explore and search for Public Service & Government opportunities. 

Part-time Student Employment

These types of experiences are also extremely valuable. Finding part-time positions that relate to your career interests or provide relevant transferable skills will help you to clarify your career goals.

Bridge Year Service Programs & Fellowships

Click here for a listing of selected programs!

Sort programs by selecting the filter icon (beside "view only") and select "Create a new temporary filter view."

A further resource to search for programs can be found at www.serviceprograms.org.

Service Year is a website where you can find a paid service opportunity that can be filtered by your interests, geographic location, and level of education. Once you create a profile, the website also has many resources explaining exactly what a service year is and how students can go about pursuing one.  

Peace Corps

Did you know that the UVA Career Center has a Peace Corps Advisor?  Meet with Anna Sullivan to find out more about Peace Corps.

Social Entrepreneurship

Many opportunities are available in this growing field. Check out some of the most relevant organizations here!

Skills-Based Training

Data Literacy Courses: Being able to collect, review, analyze and tell a story with data is vital in public service and government. The UVA Library offers FREE coureses to help students develop their data anaylsis skills.

Corporation for National and Community Service: Find free online courses on a variety of topics including Community Engagement and Strengthening, Disaster Preparedness, Faith-Based Community Initiatives, Performance Measurement, Volunteer Leveraging and more!

DisasterReady.org: Offers a library of cutting-edge eLearning courses on critical topics such as Humanitarian Essentials, Technical Sectors, Program Support, Protection, Management & Leadership, Staff Safety & Security, Staff Welfare, and Personal Development.

Idealist: Volunteer Management Resource Center: Instrumental to careers in Public Service and Government are the use of volunteers.  Gain additional insight and techniques for managing volunteers in your CIO or student activity.

Network for Good: Access free webinars and online classes for developing your skills in fundraising.

Take Root: Free online Volunteer Management Guidebook.

VAService.org: Offers free and affordable access to workshops and conferences to assist with volunteer recruitment and management, grant writing, marketing, accounting, financial reporting and many other skills needed for nonprofit and service-based work.

Grant Proposal Writing Guide: Free guidbook for writing a grant for funding.

Graduate Programs

There are a variety of graduate school programs and post-undergraduate courses that may be of interest as you explore the Public Service and Government field. Attend our Graduate & Professional School Fair in the fall semester to learn more about graduate school programs. 

NASPA: Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration

Top Public Service Graduate Schools (according to U.S. News & World Report)

Top Nonprofit Management Graduate Schools (according to U.S. News & World Report)

Employment and Salary Trends for Master's of Public Administration/Master's of Public Policy 

National Intelligence University

Graduate School Info Center (Idealist.org)

Graduate School Career Fairs in Public Service (Idealist sponsored; various locations nationwide)

Harvard's Center for Public Leadership Student Fellowships for Graduate School

Work For Good

In addition to Handshake, the UVA Career Center has partnered with Work For Good to help students identify additional entry-level and internship opportunities. Since their founding in 1999 as Opportunity Knocks, one of the first job boards focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector, the team at Work for Good has helped more than 30,000 purpose-driven organizations find everyone from their next executive director to managers, support staff, and even interns. For additional details and to see the full list visit: https://www.workforgood.org/landingpage/555821/education-jobs-uva-career-center/