BVU has a longstanding relationship with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, an organization that matches students with internships in Washington, D.C. The Washington Center has placed BVU students in the White House (Bush, Clinton and Obama administrations), the Smithsonian Institution, Congress, law firms, policy think tanks, the Department of the Interior, and various law enforcement agencies. Most recently, three BVU political science students interned in Washington D.C. at locations that included the White House, a law firm, and the Naval History and Heritage Command.
Most programs coordinated by The Washington Center last one semester. In addition to arranging internships, The Washington Center provides high quality housing and helps students manage aspects of life in Washington. All participating students are considered for financial support and qualify for the Lamberti Washington Internship fund to help offset living expenses.
BVU was among the original 12 founding members of the American Mock Trial Association, which started in 1985 and today has over 500 registered teams. In recent years, the BVU team has earned trophies for “best attorney” and “best witness” at regional competitions. Students are also able to earn academic credit by participating in the program.
As part of a partnership with the Innocence Project of Iowa (IPI) — a nonprofit organization that seeks to overturn wrongful convictions in Iowa — BVU's pre-law students have the opportunity to take an Innocence Project course for credit.
As part of the course, students review selected cases of individuals who claim to have been wrongly convicted of crimes. Their research includes reading trial transcripts, police reports and depositions. BVU is the only four-year institution in the state to offer students an Innocence Project course for credit.