The ODU Office of Community Engagement’s mission is to develop events and outreach opportunities to fulfill the university’s community outreach mission by promoting service, partnerships, and expertise that connect the University to our communities for community betterment and mutual success.
Its vision is to create a culture and spirit of community and civic-mindedness by building on and promoting existing efforts through strategic outreach to community organizations and integration of academic excellence to enhance ODU’s role in the Hampton Roads community, the Commonwealth and beyond.
Old Dominion University (ODU) is a public research university in Norfolk, Virginia. It was established in 1930 as the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary and is now one of the largest universities in Virginia with an enrollment of 24,176 students for the 2019 academic year. Old Dominion University is also home to over 700 international students from 89 different countries. Its main campus covers over 251 acres (1.02 km2) straddling the city neighborhoods of Larchmont, Highland Park, and Lambert’s Point, approximately five miles (8.0 km) from Downtown Norfolk.
Old Dominion University is classified among “R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity”. According to the National Science Foundation, ODU spent $60.3 million on research and development in 2018. It contributes nearly $2 billion annually in economic impact to the regional economy.
The university offers 168 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to over 24,000 students and is one of the nation’s largest providers of online distance learning courses. Old Dominion University has approximately 124,000 alumni in all 50 states and 67 countries. Old Dominion University derives its name from one of Virginia’s state nicknames, “The Old Dominion”, given to the state by King Charles II of England for remaining loyal to the crown during the English Civil War.
Center for Service & Civic Engagement
The Center for Service and Civic Engagement serves as a clearinghouse to match volunteers with community partners and service opportunities both on and off campus. The Center also helps support service-based student organizations and events. Finally, the Center compliments the mission of Old Dominion University by building service and philanthropic partnerships with campus and community organizations.
POLS|GEOG 368 Internship Guidelines
The internship program for political science and international studies is designed to offer students first hand experience in domestic and international professional settings. (government offices, non-governmental organizations, businesses, non-profit organizations, etc.). For suggestions for finding internships please contact the internship director, and view our internship listings.
General Assembly Internship
The Governmental Relations office hosts a General Assembly Internship program each year. ODU students have the opportunity to work closely with Virginia state legislators and their staff. Students develop professional skills while strengthening their political knowledge and gain a unique understanding of Virginia’s General Assembly. The full time, paid internship is held from January-March of each year. The group is advised by Annie Morris, Assistant to the President for Local, State and Federal Government Relations and Bo Ram Yi, Assistant to the VP SEES.
For more information, please contact: Bo Ram Yi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 683-5032
Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student at Old Dominion University to apply for this program. You must be able to reside in Richmond from Monday-Friday during session months. This internship is typically held from early January to early March of each year. Students are encouraged to take online classes during this internship period. Housing is provided at a local Richmond hotel.
Department of Political Science & Geography
The Department of Political Science and Geography at Old Dominion University is a vibrant community of students, educators, scholars, practitioners, activists and engaged citizens. With a core of 20 full-time faculty, leading at frontiers of research, we offer majors, minors and certificates in geography and political science, unmatched by any other university in the region.
ODU Political Science and Geography are separate programs, equipping ODU students with powerful and respected understanding of the most important forces shaping our planet, country, state and community.
ODU Department of Political Science and Geography equips students to understand and influence this rapidly changing world. Our professors are active in scholarly and public debates on domestic and international affairs, frequently on local and national news media. With our world under stress from globalization to political polarization, climate change to changing human geography, the department has never been more active, or its graduates more in demand.
Research Centers & Initiatives
Social Science Research Center
The Social Science Research Center is a fully-equipped social science research center with staff expertise in various forms of research methods and data collection, including mail surveys, telephone surveys, household interviews, focus groups, and most conventional forms of data analysis.
SSRC staff can assist in all stages of research including instrument design, project management, data collection, data auditing, data management, data analysis, technical report writing, and the development of multi-media report presentations. We work with customers to determine their data collection and research needs and how to best accommodate those needs given time and budget restrictions.