Student Opportunities

Student Opportunities

The Miller Center offers a variety of employment and internship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. Any openings in the future will be posted here. For questions or inquiries regarding opportunities at the Miller Center, please email Stefanie Georgakis Abbott.

Current Openings

The 2018-2019 Miller Center Student Leaders Program

Are you interested in politics, history, and current events? Are you fascinated by all-things presidential? Are you thinking about a career in the non-profit world? The Miller Center’s new Student Leaders Program provides UVA undergraduate students with the opportunity to develop programming, conduct research, and engage with policymakers and government officials around issues related to the study of the presidency in the twenty-first century.

The Miller Center is a national, nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation’s governance challenges. Our scholars engage in research and writing that provides unparalleled insight into contemporary public policy debates. We are the sole source in the country of the oral histories of each presidential administration since Jimmy Carter's, and the annotated transcripts of the secret White House recordings made by Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon.

Students in this program will be integral to the planning and execution of two major events at the Miller Center:

Presidential Ideas Festival

The Miller Center will host a Bicentennial Presidential Ideas Festival from May 21-23, 2019. The Festival will convene leading White House alumni, elected officials, presidential scholars, members of the media, and other thought leaders for a multi-day conference. It will consist of panels, lectures, seminars, films and social gatherings to examine the most important trends in the American Presidency. The students will be central to the planning and coordination of the Presidential Ideas Festival, including developing student-oriented content for the event.

A capstone public event

The students will plan, organize, and execute a large capstone event to end the inaugural year of the program. We will invite at least one nationally-recognized public figure to speak on Grounds. Students will be responsible for conceptualizing, planning, managing, and executing the event.

In addition to the programming listed above, students will have the opportunity to conduct research in presidential studies, engage in student body outreach, act as Miller Center ambassadors on Grounds, and develop additional programming and content. For example, the student may continue to develop the Miller Center undergraduate essay contest, which solicits essays from UVA students across Grounds around a theme related to the presidency.

The main objectives of the Student Leaders Program are to:

  • Prepare students for careers in policy, public service, or government;
  • Expose students to the resources and scholarship at the Miller Center;
  • Develop student-facing dimensions of the Presidential Ideas Festival;
  • Provide students with a unique learning experience focused on cultivating deliberative dialogue.

The program will run from June 2018 to May 2019. Students will be expected to work approximately 10 hours a week during the summer and five hours a week during the school year. Students will be compensated $10/hour.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 16, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by April 30, 2018.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Stefanie Georgakis Abbott, Assistant Director of Presidential Studies.


More than 300 students have worked at the Miller Center in its 35-year history. They have contributed significantly to the work produced here in a variety of ways—from compiling briefing binders on former officials being interviewed for Presidential Oral History Programs and transcribing and annotating tapes in the Presidential Recordings Program to conducting research for our scholars. 

Please contact Stefanie Georgakis Abbott if you are a former Miller center student intern or employee and would like to learn more about ways to get involved.