Undergraduate Students

Students contribute in meaningful ways to public service work through the Wallerstein Scholars program, the 22nd Century Scholars program, and a variety of internship opportunities.

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UVA Graduate Students


Through the PhD Plus internship program and graduate research positions, UVA students gain practical experience and discover avenues in public service that can lead to future careers.



Through a practitioner-in-residence program, governance professionals within the Commonwealth can contribute rigorous and practical research in the public service arena.

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Alex Watkins, Researcher

Alex works in the Center for Economic & Policy Studies as a researcher. He has contributed to a range of projects from assisting with a report on how Virginia can use smart grid technology to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, to helping build a database to track how state dollars are spent, to managing the Energy Transition Initiative website.

“Bill and his team are brilliant, and are at the forefront of the climate change discussion. Their work is actively shaping Virginia’s move toward net zero carbon emissions, and it’s awesome to be a part of that.”