Summer Internship Program

Biomedical Ethics Summer Internship Program

Since 2013, the Center for Health Humanities and Ethics has offered a summer internship program for rising 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students and recent graduates.  The program generally lasts seven weeks, starting in early June through the end of July.  The program is highly competitive and draws applicants from around the country and even the world.  For the summer of 2019, the Center received applications from students at 13 different universities or colleges.  See a list of our current and past interns here.

Opportunities and Expectations

Interns 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, 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 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 and attendance is expected.

The internships are seven-weeks duration and students are expected to be present at the Center full-time (i.e., every day during regular work hours).  The program may be able to accommodate special scheduling requests for family and other pre-planned vacations.

Stipends

The Summer Internship has historically provided 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.

The Application Process—Who and When

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. The application process for 2020 is now open. Click here for application instructions and here for the application form or contact Carrie Gumm at the email address below to have them emailed to you.

 

Questions? Contact Carrie Gumm at cg2b@virginia.edu