Summer Internship Program

Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities
Program in Biomedical Ethics
School of Medicine
University of Virginia

The Program in Biomedical Ethics at the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Virginia School of Medicine invites applications for the 2019 summer Biomedical Ethics Internship Program.  Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with the Program’s multidisciplinary faculty on a wide range of topics in clinical, research, and health policy ethics. These include, but are not limited to neuroethics, disorders of consciousness, clinical ethics consultation, interprofessional clinical ethics education,  end-of-life decision making, rights to refuse medical treatment, reproductive ethics, and ethical issues in adolescence. Interns will work directly with faculty mentors on projects of mutual interest or pre-established projects. Additional opportunities such as weekly bioethics seminars, observation of clinical ethics consultations, and participation in weekly Ethics/Moral Distress Consult Service meetings are available. The internships are seven weeks duration, beginning Monday, June 3 and ending Friday, July 26.


The Summer Internship can provide stipends of $2,800 apiece for two students. Students who do not need financial support are also invited to apply. Housing, health care and transportation are not included in the internship.


 Applicants should be rising 3rd or 4th year undergraduates, or recently graduated undergraduates with course work or related experience in bioethics. They should have an interest in biomedical ethics, and concrete career goals to which the study of biomedical ethics applies. Applicants should demonstrate interest in biomedical ethics through coursework, independent study, scholarship or clinical experience.

Applicants must submit: an application form, a letter of intent outlining his/her interest in the field of bioethics, a resume/curriculum vitae, a writing sample such as a paper written for a course, a letter of recommendation from a former professor/mentor, and a current transcript. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly from the professor/mentor to Ms. Carrie Gumm. The deadline for applications for the 2019 summer program is midnight, March 1, 2019. Applicants will be chosen based on demonstrated interest in the field of biomedical ethics; scholarly aptitude based on course work, writing samples, and recommendations by mentors/professors; and their ability to contribute to the intellectual community of the Program in Biomedical Ethics of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities. Applicants can expect to hear from us by late March at the latest. The application form can be found here: 2019Application

Completed applications/documents should be sent to Carrie Gumm at