Internships in government service

Internships in government service

Giving students real-world public-policy experience through the Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows program

The Leonard D. Schaeffer Fellows program exposes undergraduate UVA students to government work and its impact through 10-week, full-time, high-level internships with elected officials and agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. The program creates the opportunity for participants to become engaged citizens and develop an informed view of government service and operations.

2021 Fellows

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Vani Agarwal

Class of 2023
Major/Minor: Economics
Internship: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 

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Lindsay Asmussen

Class of 2023
Major/Minor: Global Environment + Sustainability/Politics
Internship: U.S. Department of Energy

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Julia Calland

Class of 2022
Major/Minor: Psychology/English
Internship: Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS) of the DOJ

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Patty Edouard

Class of 2022
Major/Minor: Biomedical Engineering 
Internship: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CMS CCIIO)

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Skylar Jackman

Class of 2024
Major/Minor: Environmental Science and Environmental Thought & Practice (double major)
Internship: United States Department of Energy

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Dana Korotovskikh

Class of 2023
Major/Minor: Statistics (Economics concentration)/French
Internship: Fluvanna County Economic Development

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Valencia Lagbo

Class of 2022
Major/Minor: Global Development Studies and Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy
Internship: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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Lauren O’Neil

Class of 2023
Major/Minor: Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law/Public Policy and Sociology
Internship: Councilwoman Stephanie Lynch, Richmond, Virginia City Council 

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Neeka Samimi

Class of 2023
Major/Minor: Politics/Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Environmental and Urban Planning
Internship: Arlington County Economic Independence Division

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Rachel Smith

Class of 2022
Major/Minor: Foreign Affairs and French (double major)
Internship: U.S. Trade and Development Agency

2020 fellows

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Max Barte

Class of 2022 
Internship: Arlington County Department of Human Services
What I learned: "I had to determine the best way to store and analyze data on the thousands of families requesting help."


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Leah Erwin

Class of 2021 
Internship: Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger
What I learned: "I worked drafting press releases, compiling news clips, tracking ongoing legislation."

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Diana Gaiter

Class of 2021Master's in Public Policy, 2022 
Internship: Arlington County
What I learned: "As a biracial woman, I've always wanted to learn more about racial equity." 

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William Gatchel

Internship: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
What I learned: "I was able to meet and interact with deep sea biologists, paleontologists, paleo art experts, and many more."

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Yixuan Liu

Internship: Employee Rights Section of the Department of Justice
What I learned: "I wanted experience with civil rights law. The office culture was very close-knit. I expected government offices to be more formal and no-nonsense."

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Justin May

Internship: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
What I learned: "A ton about the inner-workings of health insurance claims data, reinsurance regulations, and the functioning within a governmental division."

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Ashley Staggers

UVA's School of Education and Batten School
Internship: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, youth program 
What I learned: "I could impact young people on a national scale."

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Mariah Tighe

Internship: Virginia State Police, Violent Crimes and Cold Cases Unit
What I learned: "I worked on a project investigating individuals to determine if they were alive, dead, or still missing."