General Assembly Internship

The Governmental Relations Office hosts the General Assembly Internship program each year. Selected interns work closely with Virginia state legislators and their staff in Richmond. Students develop professional skills while strengthening their political knowledge and gain a unique understanding of Virginia's General Assembly. This internship is a full-time, paid position and is advised by ODU's Governmental Relations Internship Program Coordinator.


Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at Old Dominion University to apply for this program. Selected interns must be able to reside in Richmond, VA Monday through Friday during session months. Housing is provided at a local Richmond hotel. This internship is typically held from early January to early March of each year. Students are encouraged to take online classes during this internship period.

Program Overview

  • Paid internship
  • Housing provided
  • On-site in downtown Richmond, VA
  • 40-hours per week assisting Hampton Roads Legislators
  • Open to all majors
  • Academic credit optional


The Governmental Relations team will begin accepting applications for the 2025 General Assembly Internship Program in September 2024. Application materials will include:

  • The internship application
  • A professional resume
  • At least one letter of recommendation from an ODU faculty sponsor

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in an in-person interview with the internship selection committee.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the Governmental Relations team at

Students in front of state Capitol

2023 General Assembly Interns at the State Capitol Building in Richmond, VA.


"The most satisfying [part] about this internship experience was the fantastic opportunities. I was able to get an inside view regarding the ins and outs of state politics and attend rallies addressing pressing concerns of our time." 2023 Intern

"It is an amazing experience you should totally apply for it! This internship will help you gain connections throughout the [C]ommonwealth to improve career outlook after college." 2023 Intern

"I was offered another internship during this one, and I was approached quite a few times about other jobs that I could jump into. It was great making these connections that will last a lifetime." 2019 Intern

"I enjoyed the ability to interact with the Senators, Delegates and their aids because I was able to learn from everyone." 2019 Intern