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Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program for LGBTQ Health





The Vanderbilt Program for LGBTQ Health is a national leader in patient care, education, research, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.  Through this internship program, we hope to further this mission and to foster the personal and professional development of future leaders in LGBTQ health and research.
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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. LGBTQ Health Interns will be divide their time between programmatic projects to support the Program for LGBTQ Health and working on a research project. Read more about the projects here.

Trans Buddy Intern Position Description

Each summer, the program hosts one intern specific to the Trans Buddy Program. People interested in this internship opportunity should apply specifically through the Civil Liberties and Public Policy’s (CLPP) summer internship, also known as the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC). While our Trans Buddy intern comes to us directly through CLPP, applying to this internship program does not guarantee a placement with Trans Buddy. More information about the program, application requirements, and other host sites can be found here.

Responsibilities of the Trans Buddy intern will include supporting the Trans Buddy Program as well as the Program for LGBTQ Health through programmatic projects as well as a research project. In addition to these bigger projects, the Trans Buddy intern will be expected to act as a buddy as well as coordinate the Summer volunteer training.

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!

Learn more about our past interns on our website here!


We encourage diverse candidates from a multitude of backgrounds to apply

For competitive consideration, applicants must:

  • Be an undergraduate student (rising junior or senior) or a graduate student (especially medical or nursing school students)
  • Have a committed interest in LGBTQ health and research
  • Demonstrate this interest through previous work, research, volunteer, or other experience


We are hosting a limited number of students for

  • 10-week, full-time internships from late May to early August, though exact dates are flexible.
  • Interns will receive a modest wage to help offset their living expenses in Nashville, Tennessee.

Application Instructions

Please submit the following materials to the LGBTQ Health Application by February 1 at 11:59 pm CST.

  • a resumé or curriculum vitae
  • one letter of recommendation
  • a statement of intent. Your statement of intent should describe what you hope to gain from this internship and how the position would help you advance your professional goals. In your statement, please demonstrate your previous commitment to LGBTQ health and explain what informs your passion for serving the LGBTQ community.


All program questions should be directed to the program email