Virginia Capital Semester: Hands-on legislative learning

Julia Carney said her internship with Del. Vivian E. Watts was an eye-opening learning experience.

Julia Carney said her internship with Del. Vivian E. Watts was an eye-opening learning experience.

During this year’s General Assembly session, Virginia Commonwealth University seniors Brian Bailey and Julia Carney spent their days tracking bills, monitoring legislative meetings and researching policy issues for senior lawmakers.

Bailey and Carney, interns through the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs’ Virginia Capital Semester program, describe working on the front lines of the state legislature as an extraordinary opportunity.

“I would recommend this program hands-down,” said Carney, a political science major in the College of Humanities and Sciences. “You’re never just making copies. It’s always substantive. And being in this environment during session, I’m learning so much about procedure and the legislative process.”

Bailey and Carney are among 21 VCU students this semester enrolled in the Capital Semester program, receiving a hands-on education about the inner workings of government.

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