Students and Alumni
The Miller Center offers a variety of employment and internship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students. We hire researchers for our academic programs when there is need; however, we do not have any openings in those areas at this time. Any openings in the future will be posted here.
Student Ambassadors Program
The Miller Center launched its new Student Ambassadors Program in the 2012-2013 school year by naming ten undergraduate students to focus on student outreach efforts to increase student attendance and involvement at Miller Center events and improve our visibility on-Grounds. In addition to publicity efforts, ambassadors also provided assistance on our programmatic work by contributing blogs entries to “Riding the Tiger,” creating briefing materials on Forum speakers, and assisting in the planning for the Secrets & Traditions event. Please read this overview of the Student Ambassador Program to learn more about the program and its commitments.
The inaugural class of 2012-2013 Student Ambassadors included:
- Maria Bennici is a fourth-year student from Walkersville, Maryland double majoring in Foreign Affairs and French. She is a 2012 Harrison Undergraduate Award Winner for a project undertaken with another Miller Center student employee Sam Carrigan.
- Audrey Birner is a third-year student studying Spanish and Comparative Literature. She is the vice president of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society.
- Elizabeth Brightwell is a fourth-year from Charlottesville double-majoring in English and French. She is also a student in the Batten School’s master's program, a former Miller Center’s publicity intern, and team captain of the Women's Golf Team.
- Clay Davis is a fourth-year student American Studies major from Miami Beach, Florida. She is the vice president of the University Judiciary Committee.
- Graham Egan is a third-year student from New York City majoring in Government with a possible minor in Statistics.
- Matthew Irvine is a first-year from Falls Church, Virginia interested in economics, commerce, computer science, and foreign affairs.
- Gina Kim is a fourth-year majoring in Political and Social Thought, as well as a first-year student in the Batten Program.
- Rebecca Lim is a second-year from Burke, Virginia planning to major in Foreign Affairs and East Asian Studies. She is the production editor at The Cavalier Daily and a member of Second Year Council.
- Kathering “Kaleigh” Pittman is a first-year from Greensboro, North Carolina, planning to major in Neuroscience or Biochemistry with a minor in Art History.
- Nicholas Sparks is a fourth-year studying History and Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law. He is also an intern with the Presidential Recordings Program, focusing primarily on recordings of Presidents Johnson and Nixon.
Application for the 2013-2014 school year are no longer being accepted. Please contact Juliana Bush with any questions about the program.
The Miller Center Undergraduate Research Award
The Miller Center Undergraduate Research Award will provide $4,000 to an undergraduate student and $1,000 to his or her faculty advisor (typically a scholar from the Miller Center's Academic, Public, or Policy Programs) for completion of a major research project. For more detailed information, please download the Miller Center Undergraduate Award Student Information Sheet. The application for the 2013-14 Award can be found here. For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click below to read past recipient's papers:
- Gabrielle Plotkin, 2009-10 recipient
- Adam Gillenwater, 2010-11 recipient
- Taylor Brown, 2011-12 recipient
- Profile of David Casalaspi, 2012-2013 recipient
The Miller Center program is a competitive program for individuals completing their dissertations on American politics, foreign policy and world politics, or the impact of global affairs on the United States. Learn more here.
The Public Service Fellows are a group of U.Va. undergraduates dedicated to developing volunteerism, good citizenship, and professional opportunities to serve the community. This is a student-run group, co-sponsored by the Jefferson Scholars Foundation and the Miller Center.
Over 300 students have worked at the Miller Center in its 35-year history. They have contributed significantly to the worked produced here in a variety of ways—from compiling briefing binders on former officials being interviewed for Presidential Oral History Programs, transcribing and annotating tapes in the Presidential Recordings Program, to conducting research for our scholars.
Please contact Juliana Bush if you are a former Miller center student intern or employee and would like to learn more about ways to get involved.