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Student Involvement

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 at sg9mj@virginia.edu.

Current Openings

There are currently no openings. Please check back for future opportunities. 

The First Year Project: Essay Competition

The Miller Center, a non-partisan think tank, recently launched the First Year Project to examine past presidential first years and offer a blueprint, grounded in history, to guide the next president and his or her team as they navigate the critical first year. Part of that effort will be an undergraduate writing contest tying in to the program’s core themes. We invite all interested undergraduate students to participate.

Essay Topic

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you” - Thomas Jefferson

Essay Prompt
Describe how a historical President’s actions during his First Year successfully or unsuccessfully furthered a specific policy proposal promoted during his campaign. Analyze how the incoming President may learn from that historical example using a contemporary issue in domestic or foreign policy.

Submissions should be 6-12 pages, double spaced, and should include a works cited page. Essays are due by midnight, Saturday, April 2nd, and should be emailed to exx8f@virginia.edu. Winners will be contacted by email within 2 weeks of submitting their essays.

Prize money will include $1000 for the winner, $500 for the runner-up, and $100 to be awarded to 4 finalists. The selected 6 students will be invited to attend a special luncheon, hosted by the Miller Center, where they will be able to meet faculty members and staffers in order to learn more about the First Year Project.

For more information, contact Eric Xu at exx8f@virginia.edu.

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. 

The Miller Center Undergraduate Research Award

The Miller Center Undergraduate Research Prize Fellowship will provide $5,000 to an undergraduate student to conduct research on presidential history and politics over the course of the 2015-16 academic year. The Research Prize Fellowship awardee will work closely with Miller Center faculty and staff to conduct research and written work to support ongoing Miller Center initiatives related to the study of the presidency and the 2016 presidential election. Projects may include assisting scholars with research, blog posts, following the presidential primaries, and tracking media coverage of the presidency.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Stefanie Georgakis Abbott.

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 award recipients, DeAnza Cook (Class of 2017) and Parisa Sadeghi (Class of 2016).

Miller Center Fellowships

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.

Alumni

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