2018 LGBTI Health Internship Application

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209A Light Hall  |  Nashville, TN, 37232  |  615.936.3879  |  lgbti.health@vanderbilt.edu


Summer 2018 Internship Program


The Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health is a national leader in patient care, education, research, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities.  Through this internship program, we hope to further this mission and to foster the personal and professional development of future leaders in LGBTI health and research.

We are hosting a limited number of students for 10-week, full-time internships from late May to early August 2018, though exact dates are flexible.  Interns will receive a modest wage to help offset their living expenses in Nashville, Tennessee. 

For competitive consideration, applicants must:

  • Be a current undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral student
  • Have a committed interest in LGBTI health and research
  • Demonstrate this interest through previous work, research, volunteer, or other experience
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Position Description:

This internship is well suited for those pursuing careers in academic medicine, public health, community organizing, health professions, and other related fields.  In addition to providing programmatic support, interns will work with their supervisors to develop projects at the intersection of the student’s passions and the Program for LGBTI Health’s needs.  Previous intern have:

  • Conducted LGBTI health research
  • Developed institutional policies to support LGBTI inclusion
  • Created patient and community health resource toolkits
  • Established avenues for community outreach
  • Managed social media and other web content outlets

Interns have also had the opportunity to give talks at local and national conferences, publish original research, shadow health professionals at VUMC, and represent VUMC at Nashville Pride. 


TransBuddyLogo1a.pngEach summer, one intern will specifically serve our Trans Buddy patient navigator program.  Responsibilities include organizing Trans Buddy volunteer trainings, coordinating volunteer communications, and maintaining the Trans Buddy call system.  A more detailed description of this position, as well as a separate application process, can be found here.



Come enjoy the vibrant city of Nashville, make lasting connections with your fellow interns, and work in one of the nation’s top academic medical centers!

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To Apply:

Please send a résumé or curriculum vitae, one letter of recommendation, and a statement of intent to lgbti.health@vanderbilt.edu by February 1, 2018.  Your statement of intent should describe what you hope to gain from this internship, how the position would help you advance your professional goals, and why you would be an asset to our team.  Please direct questions to Del Ray Zimmerman, Program Manager, at the email address above or at (615) 936-3879.  We encourage diverse candidates from a multitude of backgrounds to apply.

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Learn more about our past interns on our website here!


Printable PDF: LGBTI Health Internship Information

In compliance with federal law, VUMC does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, military service, veteran status or genetic information in its employment. In addition, the VUMC does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression consistent with the VUMC Anti-harassment, Non-Discrimination and Non-Retaliation policy.