Virginia21 is driven by the belief that young people can make a difference, and our staff is committed to proving it.

Virginia21 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates advocacy on the issues most important to young voters. With chapters all around the Commonwealth, VA21 has engaged thousands of young people in the political process since its founding 15 years ago.

We are currently accepting application for three internship postions. Please find more information below:

Spring Policy Internship

The policy intern is responsible for assisting the policy director in the implementation of Virginia21’s legislative and policy initiatives. The policy intern will assist in tracking, monitoring, researching, and preparing advocacy documents on policy and legislation regarding higher education and related issues during the General Assembly session.  The candidate must be eligible to receive academic credit for the internship experience. The internship will run from approximately January – April 2018.


  • Assist in the implementation of strategies developed by Virginia21 to achieve legislative and policy goals
  • Assist and support the policy director with background research, conducting analyses, and writing and proofing important deliverables
  • Assist in coordination of legislative visit scheduling
  • Attend hearings and committee meetings as assigned
  • Track current legislation


  • Issue agreement. You must be passionate about the needs of the 18-35 year old generation, including improving access to higher education, student rights, and promoting economic development.
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office knowledge
  • Current college student
  • Commit to at least 10-15 hours a week and have morning availability


  • Political campaign, voter registration or legislative affairs experience
  • Basic knowledge of supporter management database systems & e-mail communications (NGP VAN, MailChimp, Constant Contact, etc.)

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Gerica Goodman at Applications must be received by December 1.

Development Internship

Virginia21 is seeking a development intern to work closely with the Development Director and be responsible for providing administrative and research support. This internship offers experience in database management, research, and donor prospecting along with experience with day-to-day fundraising operations with a small, statewide organization. The development intern will be expected handle a variety of tasks related to institutional and individual giving. You will help with managing relationships with current and prospective donors and researching ways to bring in additional funds. This position is unpaid but offers a wide load of practical experience. This internship will coincide with the Spring semester from January-April and the intern should expect to commit 10-15 hours a week to the position, with some work being done remotely. 


  • Process donations and prepare acknowledgement letters and other correspondence.
  • Maintain foundation, corporation and individual donor files.
  • Create monthly fundraising reports and other database reports as needed.
  • Continually update and correct database records.
  • Conduct preliminary research on prospective corporate foundation and individual donors.
  • Send appropriate documentation to process credits to donors.
  • Maintain guest lists, gather and prepare registration materials and other duties as assigned for fundraising events.
  • Prepare media materials for distribution. (i.e. copying, filing, mailing, e-mailing)
  • Assemble media and donor kits for events and meetings.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development.

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample that showcases your writing ability to Kate at Applications must be received by December 10th, 2017.

Communications Internship


The spring communication intern is responsible for assisting the Director of Engagement in both online and grassroots activity including but not limited to maintaining website content, online advocacy, and social media properties for Virginia21; providing general writing, research and internal communications. The individual will specifically assist in creating and implementing a comprehensive communications plan related to state policy impact on millennials. This individual may receive course credit and will receive extensive practical experience in the fields of advocacy, organizing, programming, and communications. The internship will run from approximately January to April and the individual must be able to commit to at least 10-15 hours a week. 



  • Assists with website maintenance by creating, updating and developing web content and coordinating the production of content for Virginia21 campus chapters.
  • Writes regular blog posts related to young voter interests, including higher education, job prospects, entrepreneurship, state policies, etc.


  • Posts to Virginia21’s social media channels.
  • Researches graphics and news articles for sharing on social media.
  • Contributes to email message planning, production, editing, and testing as well as targeting and updating email lists.
  • Assists with development of online advocacy campaigns.
  • Promotes online campaigns on social media.


  • Works with Director of Engagement and other Virginia21 team members on content development, research and content updates.Serves as a resource for information on Virginia21 coordinated activity.
  • Proofreads content before and after its publication to the website or social media.
  • Provides regular communication and updates on all projects and tasks.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Commit to at least 10-15 hours a week, be flexible when we hold events or coordinated actions, and have mornings free for at least two day during Monday-Thursday
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office knowledge
  • Current college student interested in public advocacy, politics, activism, or mass communication
  • Sense of humor, and willingness to be creative

Pluses that are not required

  • Political campaign, community organizing, legislative affairs experience
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud 
  • Experience with Squarespace website maintenance 
  • Basic photostory / video production and editing skills
  • Ability to occasionally travel with Director of Engagement to college campuses and community organizations

To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample that showcases your writing ability to Tim Cywinski at Applications must be received by December 15th. Feel free to send Tim an email with any questions.