Internships in Richmond afford students a tangible history: the city is a monument to key events in American history, including Patrick Henry’s 1775 speech (“Give me liberty, or give me death!”) and the Virginia Statue for Religious Freedom written by Thomas Jefferson. The city was also the capital of the Confederate States of America, and today history buffs can visit the museums and battlefields of the Civil War. Following this tradition, Richmond interns will find opportunities in law, finance, and government. Some institutions that configure the landscape are the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and six Fortune 500 company headquarters.
Richmond internships also profit from the city’s emergence in the 1960s as a hotspot for advertising agencies—including AdWeek’s 2009 U.S. Agency of the Year, The Martin Agency. The Virginia Commonwealth University’s graduate advertising school tops the list, partly spurred by the creative agency environment. Interns in Richmond will also find openings in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, thanks to the proximity and power of the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park. The arts also thrive in Richmond—performing, visual, and DIY. Blues, country, and bluegrass abound in the annual Richmond Folk Festival.