Health and Human Services

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Quicklinks: Job and Internship Resources | Postgraduate Health Professions Fellowships & Programs | Pre-med Summer ProgramsStudent Organizations and Departmental Resources | Alumni to Know 

Job and Internship Resources

Social Work & Counseling


Human Resources

Healthcare & Public Health

Postgraduate Health Professions Fellowships & Programs

Policy-based programs

 Public health programs  

  • American Public Health Association Internships - The American Public Health Association is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world.
  • AmeriCorps - AmeriCorps State and National provides funds to local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and environment.
  • CDC Emerging Leaders Program - Comprehensive, two year, full time employment and career development program that is a stepping stone to careers in science, technology, public health, administration and more.
  • New York Health Research Training Program (HRTP) - This provides undergraduate, graduate/professional  school students the opportunity to experience some of the "real life" challenges of public health.
  • Peace Corps - Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 74 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
  • Sowing Seeds for Change Fellowship - This fellowship works to improve farmworkers' access to healthcare as well as advocate for improved living and working conditions.
  • UCLA School of Public Health Visiting Scholars Program - This is a program for individuals who are interested in learning more about public health issues without participating in a formal degree program.
  • Young Leader of Social Change - The Young Leader of Social Change Fellowship provides an outstanding recent college or public health graduate with an opportunity to engage in high impact front-line global service programs.  

Research opportunities  

Internships opportunities    

Pre-med Summer Programs

  • AAMC's List of Summer Undergraduate Research Programs - They have a compiled a list of several summer programs that might be of interest to pre-health students. 
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Diversity Student Summer Research - This is designed to provide educational opportunities for undergraduate students who have a strong interest in a research career in biomedical or biological or medicine.
  • Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program - This is a summer program that brings talented young adults to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices to learn first-hand about health policy and the legislative process, and to learn about issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities.
  • Biological and Physical Sciences at Brandeis University - They seek qualified applicants for an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program in the Biological and Physical Sciences for a 10- week period.
  • The American Heart Association - They are seeking to identify and encourage students to pursue careers in cardiovascular research.
  • Case Western Reserve's Summer Program in Undergraduate Research - They sponsor a summer research program designed to introduce college undergraduates to basic laboratory research.
  • Cincinnati Children's SURF - They offer undergraduates the chance to explore clinical and basic science research in laboratories in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
  • Collegiate Science & Technology Entry Program - This program provides you with the opportunity to explore the rewarding profession of Optometry by participating in the Summer Academic Program and by attending conferences and workshops during the academic year.
  • The Chester Summer Scholars Program - This program awards 15 collegiate undergraduate students the opportunity to spend ten weeks over the summer in clinical laboratory research settings at MetroHealth Medical Center.
  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute - This program is a 10-week competitive summer internship program for undergraduate students interested in careers in the biomedical sciences.
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School Summer Scholars Program - This program is a mentored research internship offered by the Department of Pediatrics of Eastern Virginia Medical School at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia.
  • Emory University: MD Summer Experience in Clinical Neurology - Much more than a shadowing program, MD-SEE offers genuine clinical experience, classroom guidance on presentations, and a vigorous look at current issues and practices in medicine.
  • Gerstner Sloan Kettering SURP - Their program is designed for approximately 20 outstanding undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, and juniors interested in pursuing a career in biomedically related sciences.
  • Harvard Medical School Undergraduate Research Program - This program is a 10 week summer internship program that incorporates laboratory research, faculty lectures, and workshops led by current graduate students.
  • Harvard Summer Research Program in Kidney Medicine - They will offer a robust and varied introduction to the world of nephrology for the undergraduate college student who is considering a career in science or medicine.
  • Johns Hopkins University Summer Institute in Anatomy for Undergraduates - They offer an annual Summer Institute in Anatomy.
  • Keck Graduate Institute - The SURE program provides undergraduate students the opportunity for cutting- edge, interdisciplinary research in the areas of applied molecular and cellular biology, bioengineering, computational biology, as well as exposure to related ethics and business topics.
  • Maine Medical Center Research Institute - They provide undergraduates with an opportunity to receive an educational experience in biomedical science through the MMCRI Summer Student Research Program.
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion - Each student is assigned to a specific MGH laboratory, clinical site, health policy, or health services research area where they undertake an original research project under the mentorship and guidance of a Mass General Hospital (MGH) investigator.
  • MIT's Amgen-Undergraduate Research Scholars Program - Students admitted to this program (known as "Amgen Scholars") will have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with MIT faculty mentors and other research staff.
  • Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation - They offer two programs for undergraduates in the summer.
  • Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program This is a component of a long term strategy to establish a cadre of biomedical, behavioral, and social science researchers working to reduce the disparate health burdens among underserved populations in the United States and ultimately eliminate those disparities.
  • Morehouse College - Project Imhotep - Morehouse College offers a Cooperative Summer Program in Public Health.
  • Mount Sinai Summer Undergraduate Research Program - SURP fellows receive intensive research training in a cutting-edge biomedical laboratory, thus gaining an insider's perspective into Mount Sinai graduate programs and academic life.
  • National Heart Lung and Blood Institute - The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute also offers three Biomedical Research Training Program for undergraduates.
  • NIH Summer Internship in Biomedical Research - Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
  • Northwestern University CURE Program - CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience Program) is a summer research program at the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University for underserved college students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences.
  • Ohio State University SUCCESS Program - The SUCCESS Program will enable students to participate in a 9-week, fully-funded, enriching research experience hosted by the Medical Scientist Training Program.
  • Oregon Summer Program for Undergraduate Research - The University of Oregon (UO) Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) provides fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students from other Universities and Colleges to participate in ongoing research in Life Sciences laboratories at UO during the summer months.
  • Penn Summer VETS Program - This program is an exciting experience held during the summer.
  • SMART Program - This program was developed to provide frontier-level, biomedical summer research projects for undergraduates in a supportive environment with supplemental educational activities.
  • STARS - Summer Training as Research Scholars Program is designed to promote access to graduate education for talented undergraduates from minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.
  • - This is a list of opportunities in the government available for undergraduate students majoring in science, STEM in particular.
  • Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) - This program offers freshman and sophomore college students intensive and personalized medical and dental school preparation.
  • The National Alliance of Research Associates Programs - NARAP is a symbiotic consortium of emergency departments and colleges joined to generate research and quality improvement projects utilizing Research Associates (RAs) to enroll large numbers of participants over short time frames with minimal impact on clinical operations and at extremely low cost.
  • Tufts AVM College Program - This unique career exploration program will provide students with the opportunity to attend lectures from Tufts faculty, staff and veterinary students, and discuss the realities of a veterinary education with them.
  • UCLA Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research - They offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects.
  • University of California, San Francisco Summer Research Programs - Spend 10 weeks working with UCSF faculty members on research projects. Participants in the program take part in seminars, lectures, and social events.
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine - Whether you are a current college students looking to gain more experience in research or a middle school student just interested in dappling in the fun of science, the UC College of Medicine has just the right program for you.
  • University of Michigan - Biomedical and Life Sciences Summer Fellowship - The Biomedical and Life Sciences Fellowship encourages students from diverse populations to consider pursuing graduate work in the Biomedical and Life Sciences fields by engaging them in an intensive 10-week full-time summer research experience.
  • University of Michigan - Medical Scientist Training Program - The program is designed for undergrads who are potentially interested in obtaining a combined MD/PhD degree leading to a career in academic medicine focused on basic research relevant to human diseases.
  • University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences - The University of Minnesota Life Sciences Summer Undergraduate Research Programs have overseen and coordinated several life sciences programs.
  • University of Pittsburgh - The Office of Science Education Outreach, Health Sciences program, "How Science Works," at the University of Pittsburgh is dedicated to helping undergraduate students interested in biomedical science including biomedical research opportunities, finding a compatible mentor, and preparing you for graduate and/or professional school (Dental Medicine, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Health and Rehabilitation).
  • Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy - The Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy (VSSA) gives college students earning a four- year degree the opportunity to participate in both research and clinical patient care at an academic medical center.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University - Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health Sciences and Health Careers Pipeline is excited to announce a comprehensive six week, interdisciplinary summer
  • Weill Cornell Summer Programs - This program is for underrepresented minority and disadvantaged college students who wish to pursue the combined MD- PhD degree. 

Student Organizations & Departmental Resources

  • Peer Counseling - The Peer Counseling Program is a team of student volunteers dedicated to helping other students experiencing any kind of emotional problems. Recognizing that students often feel most comfortable talking with friends about life issues, the Peer Counselors receive extensive training on how to help other students.
  • Red Cross Club - Guided by the fundamental principles of the American Red Cross and its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the Red Cross Club of Washington & Lee will learn, practice and exemplify humanitarian values through mission-related service projects.
  • Wounded Warrior Project - The mission of our student group is to organize fundraising events that engage the entire W&L student body with the goal of raising money and awareness for the WWP. They provide several services that help veterans adjust to civilian life following active duty and cope with physical or non-physical injuries.

Alumni to Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by our office to get started.

Johan Garcia Padilla '14

Johan's interest in public health was sparked by an internship through the National Autonomous University of Mexico. His exposure to different stakeholder interactions and administration in healthcare settings prompted an interest in healthcare management and the integration of healthcare from a multidisciplinary approach. Johan worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Harvard School of Public Health where he did anything from policy work to research for purposes of carefully understanding all of the elements that make healthcare administration the unique field that it is.

Kelly Shifflett '90

Kelly graduated from Washington and Lee in 1990 with a degree in psychology and completed her PhD in Life-Span Developmental Psychology at West Virginia University. After preparing for a career in academia, Kelly found that life had other paths to put before her. She has used her background as a Developmental Psychologist in several areas during the course of her career, including parenting education, curriculum development, program evaluation, community education, counseling, and early childhood education and family support services.

Amanda West '94

Ms. West graduated from Washington and Lee in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and, after working for a few years, she received her Master of Social Work. Allison then worked as a social worker/therapist at a high school for youth with complex learning and behavioral challenges, and then she directed a community-based child abuse prevention program for Catholic Charities of Baltimore.

Randl Dent '15

Randl Dent is a third-year PhD student in the Health Psychology Doctoral Program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She completed her bachelor's degree in psychology from Washington and Lee in 2015, where she gained research experience in Dr. Megan Fulcher's developmental psychology lab. While at W&L, she was a psychology and sociology double major. In August 2015, Randl joined the VCU health psychology doctoral program.

Mercy Kibe '11

Mercy is a Kenyan-American third-year medical student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. Prior to medical school, Mercy took a gap year to conduct research with a neurobiology lab at UAB. The year off was an invaluable experience and Mercy is happy to discuss the benefits of taking time off before medical school with any interested students.

Jamila Seaton '09

Jamila graduated Washington and Lee in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Concentration in Poverty Studies and Human Capability. When she entered W&L, she was determined to be a pediatrician, but soon realized that she was not passionate about medicine. Through the Shepherd Poverty Program, she learned more about Public Health during her summer internship at the Delta Area Health Education Center in Helena, AR. Public Health seemed to be the ideal field to combine her interests in health and research with her passion for people and patient outcomes.

Pamela Minkler '90

Pamela Minkler graduated from Washington and Lee in 1999 with a degree in Biology and then headed to medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine. While completing her residency at Lynchburg Family Medicine Residency Program she fell in love both with the close-knit medical community in Lynchburg and with her husband Mike, a Lynchburg native. Pamela made the decision to depart from general practice because she and Mike wanted to start a family, and she didn't feel like she could be the kind of parent she wanted to be while under the constraints of the practice of modern medicine. Pamela opened Blue Ridge Aesthetics Center in March 2006 and started there as a solo practitioner immediately following her graduation that June. Pamela loves that she has found a niche in medicine that allows her to continue to develop and maintain relationships with her patients, utilize some of the skills she gained during her training, and avoid pagers and on call nights and weekends!

Elizabeth Yarbrough '92

Elizabeth Yarbrough graduated in 1992 from Washington and Lee with a degree in Business Administration. Not knowing what she wanted to do, Elizabeth took a job with First Union Bank at that time and became a commercial lender. After two years in that industry, Elizabeth and her husband Jim decided to start a family and had their first child, Jim, in 1996. Jim is a member of the W&L Class of 2018!After serving as the Junior League President, Chair of a community built playground, United Way volunteer and many other volunteer jobs, Elizabeth decided to return to the work force in 2009. Now with 3 teenagers, they are much more flexible about her working hours. She started her own company in 2009, called The Doctor's Bag, a healthcare marketing company specializing in building websites for physician practices and hospital systems. She has recently rebranded her company under the name LinkMD and has expanded her service line to include qualified patient lead generation, physician online reputation management, and online listing management services. She is in the process of wrapping up development of her IP, a physician database of information that can manage profiles, feed websites, and populate a physician directory and mobile app.

Alvin Thomas '14

Alvin Thomas is a research data analyst at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine working the field of organ transplantation. After graduating from Washington and Lee in 2014 with a BS in chemistry-engineering, Alvin began a Masters of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. His master's work in the Department of International Health focused on utilizing mobile health technologies to empower community health workers and reduce the burden of HIV in rural Uganda. He also spent time researching diarrhea in rural Bangladeshi children who eat dirt and the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Zambia.