At Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam's office in Richmond, VA, Baxter Carter '18 interned for Chief of Staff Clark Mercer during January Term (J-term) 2017. Carter, a political science and philosophy major and classics minor, was tasked with a variety of duties. Whether it was writing memos and briefs for the Lt. Governor, or attending press conferences, there was never a dull moment for Carter.
"I did legislative tracking and put into an excel sheet all legislation that was pertinent to the Lt. Governor," he explains. "Hands-on experience is one of the best ways to learn about something."
This was Carter's third internship. In 2016 he served as an intern in the Constituent Services of the Governor and at the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia.
"My internships gave me insight into the world of work," says Carter, the executive vice president of R-MC's Student Government Association. "In addition, internships are a great résumé booster, and the networking I did will help me in my future endeavors."
Carter's post-R-MC plans may include law school, but "as my internships would suggest, I am interested in lots of different opportunities in politics. I am not sure exactly what my ideal profession would be. I look forward to finding out."
J-term internships offer a real-world setting for connecting academic learning with the workplace. R-MC's Edge Career Center and dedicated faculty assist students in finding the perfect internship opportunity.
The Edge, an intensive four-year program that prepares students for life after college, gives students a competitive advantage in the job market or graduate-school admissions process. Workshops, internships, one-on one advising, a career and networking Boot Camp, and a host of other resources ensure that students who graduate from R-MC are lifelong learners who can think critically and adapt to new situations.
R-MC's Bassett Internship program offers academic credit and connects students with tailor-made internships to explore a wide range of career fields in various locations. Students can also choose from a variety of paid or volunteer internship opportunities.