Health and Human Services

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Quicklinks: Job and Internship Resources | Postgraduate Health Professions Fellowships & Programs | Pre-med Summer Programs | Student 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 of 2013.
  • 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.

Johan is completing his MPH in Healthcare Management at Yale. Currently, Johan has slowly begun to focus his interest on international healthcare, and how the industry can become more competitive for purposes of raising quality standards across the world. Most recently, he has traveled to India and China where met with hospital and healthcare administrators to learn about the nuances that make their systems great or challenging. Johan has embarked on a study in Columbia that assesses the variability of healthcare delivery and how this variability contributes to differences in patient outcomes. With this mindset, it is his firm belief that we can learn from different healthcare systems to make our own much better.

Johan hopes to continue his travels across the hemisphere, and as a Latin American, he hopes to see his region thrive in areas of business and healthcare. Johan hopes to work in hospital administration or healthcare consulting upon completion of his MPH degree, and would love to speak with W&L students considering public health as an alternative or an addition to a medical degree. At W&L, Johan was a Spanish major on a pre-med track, with a minor in Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

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.

Kelly says: "I've been blessed by many of the unanticipated paths that have opened up for me over the years and so fortunate to find myself in positions that nurtured interests and skills in both applied and administrative areas."

Kelly is particularly interested in prevention and well-being practices, improving interpersonal relationships, promoting healthy youth/family development, and facilitating community awareness and education regarding a variety of issues. After nearly 20 years' experience as an administrator in the human services sector, Kelly is taking time to cultivate some of these personal and professional passions into new pursuits.

Kelly says: "My roles organizing, implementing, and supporting various forms of workplace and personal/family transitions have always been particularly rewarding and encouraged by others, and so now I'm setting off on new paths that allow me to share my experience and skill set while fully integrating and engaging in my own personal and professional development interests at the same time. I suppose my coaching/consulting practice, People Change, is a return of sorts to my roots as a life-span developmental psychologist and my appreciation for the complexity of all of life's stages and transitions - as they have unfolded in my own life and as I have the opportunity to work with colleagues and clients along their journeys too."

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.

Allison is a licensed clinical social worker and has recently returned to school as a PhD student to pursue her interest in prevention science and parenting interventions. Allison is happy to speak with anyone considering a career in the applied social sciences, or to anyone who needs ideas for what to do after graduation and who may be interested in non-profit work. Allison says "the nonprofit sector is a great place to gain experience, establish a work history, and make a difference if you don't have definite ideas about what career you want to pursue."

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 Wayvolunteer 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.

Randl DentRandl 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.

Her research interests are primarily focused on discrimination, healthcare utilization, patient-provider communication, both physical and mental health of African Americans, and the mechanisms by which racial health disparities are created and maintained. Additionally, Randl was selected for the prestigious 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program to investigate the role of feature-based discrimination in the help-seeking behaviors of black undergraduate students, a topic inspired by her time at W&L. Her long-term career goal is to translate current research into policy in order to help patients, providers and policymakers work together to create a healthcare system that promotes health equity.

Randl frequently returns to W&L to speak on panels and meet with current students. She encourages students to reach out to her with any questions they have about graduate school and health-related careers.