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By Tom Nicholas

July 21, 2017

Many of the colleges you’re considering will probably provide internship opportunities – it’s more or less a given for most selective colleges. UR is no exception: around 70% of our students will complete at least one internship during their college years; our most common locations include Washington, D.C., New York City, and our home city of Richmond.

So, given how (increasingly) important internships are for post-college success, what distinguishes the experience you’ll have as a UR student pursuing internship opportunities? Well, lots of things. But for the sake of time, I’ll just highlight three of them.

1. Everybody is on your side.

Sure, we have amazing Career Services staff, who have gotten a ton of national accolades, and who will be with you every step of the way. They’ll help you learn how to search and network, craft your resume, polish your interviewing skills – even take you on road trips to network and explore opportunities in various cities.

But they won’t be the only ones supporting you in your quest for the perfect internship. Your professors will have their own networks (and with our close-knit community, they’ll know you well enough to identify good-fit opportunities for you). Our alumni will serve as resources, both on and off campus (more on that below). Even your peers will be rooting for you – because of Richmond’s smaller size, you won’t find yourself competing with hundreds of your classmates for the same opportunities.

2. Paid internships are guaranteed.

Last year, nearly half of college internships in the U.S. were unpaid. It’s wonderful to land that perfect opportunity in NYC or D.C. or London – but if it doesn’t pay, you have to consider the added expense that travel, housing, and life costs will incur (not to mention the foregone income if you’d taken a summer job at home).

Enter the Richmond Guarantee. We promise that every undergraduate student will receive University funding, up to $4,000, for at least one summer internship or research project. Unpaid internship in an expensive city? No problem. We’ve got you covered.

3. The Spider Network.

Our mascot is one-of-a-kind, and so is the enthusiasm among our alumni for helping Richmond students explore their career paths. You’ll find thousands of internship and job opportunities posted on our private SpiderConnect database each year; alumni across the country (and globe) offering shadowing opportunities and networking connections; and Spider grads constantly returning to campus to lead workshops, offer advice, and recruit for their employers.

One reason our alumni network is so powerful? Its size. We’re large enough to have more than 50,000 alumni across all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries, working in every field and industry imaginable. But we’re also small enough that the Spider connection really matters. There aren’t millions of us – so when you meet other Richmond alumni, the connections are that much stronger, tighter, and more special.

Come to think of it, it’s kind of like a web.

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Tom NicholasTom Nicholas
Senior Assistant Director of Admission 


A Richmond alumnus (Class of 2007), Tom has been working and blogging for the Office of Admission since he graduated. He loves his alma mater and the city that shares its name.

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Beth Anne SpachtBeth Anne Spacht
Assistant Director of Admission


Beth Anne was a double major at Richmond (English and Latin American & Iberian Studies) and now enjoys helping prospective students discover the best of her alma mater.

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