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19 Things You Could Do with $4,000 from Richmond

By Tom Nicholas

April 9, 2015

Each year during the month of April, we enjoy coming up with some sort of list corresponding to the incoming students’ class year. We started with 14, 15, and 16 reasons to join, respectively, Richmond’s Classes of '14, '15, and '16. In more recent years, we've shared “17 (Hidden) Reasons to Join the Class of '17,” and, for the Class of 2018, “18 Phrases You’ll Never Hear at Richmond.”

This year, in honor of the Class of '19 – and in honor of the new Richmond Guarantee, which guarantees every undergraduate student summer funding of up to $4,000 for a summer internship or research project – we decided to share with you...

19 Things You Could Do with $4,000 from Richmond

1. Research microfinance in India, while interning with a government bank.

2. Compose a suite of music to be performed by the University’s 3-time Grammy-award-winning ensemble-in-residence, eighth blackbird.

3. Use genetic testing techniques to help inform targeted removal of an invasive plant species in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

4. Explore international journalism and human rights reporting through an internship with Voice of America.

5. Conduct research in Germany, examining youth culture in West Berlin in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

6. Intern in the White House for the Office of Broadcast Affairs and Communications, keeping upper-level officials aware of the Washington, D.C. beat.

7. Work on an archaeological dig in Turkey, excavating and studying artifacts from an ancient city.

8. Pursue a public relations internship with Etro, an Italian luxury fashion company, at their New York City showroom.

9. Intern with the African People and Wildlife Fund on the Maasai Steppe, managing their communications and social media – and write a story for National Geographic online.

10. Develop algorithms to help a quarter-million dollar atomic force microscope more accurately measure and image nanoparticles.

11. Work at ABC’s Nightline as a broadcast communications intern.

12. Work on creating community-centered banks and offering financial-literacy training to Haitian sugarcane workers in the Dominican Republic.

13. Intern with the Global Health Initiative, focusing on HIV/AIDS awareness, care and support.

14. Curate an exhibit of antiquities or art from the University Museums’ collection.

15. Work in advocacy and community organizing via an internship with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

16. Write an English honors thesis exploring death in children’s and fantasy literature.

17. Pursue a behind-the-scenes internship with the world’s most diversified talent agency along with a renowned theater in London.

18. Create a collection of paintings that explore the cultural intersections of your identity.

19. Work in a neuroscience laboratory studying the brain chemistry of maternal instincts in rats.

If you hadn’t guessed already, these are not completely random ideas – these are all things that Richmond students have done with summer funding from the University in just the past two years. You can find their stories, and many more, at the UR Summer Fellowships website.

While these are all great ideas, the real question is this: what will you do with your funding? It’s guaranteed, so it’s just a matter of determining how you want to use it to complement your academic and career pursuits. If this seems a little daunting, fear not – you’ll have plenty of help figuring it out, between academic advisors, professors, and career services staff.

We hope you’ll join Richmond’s Class of 2019. We can’t wait to see where your aspirations – combined with Richmond’s resources – will take you!

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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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