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Civic and Professional


Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students would have the option to have their civic and professional immersive experiences and projects recognized on the transcript. Students who are engaged in service work, design projects, internships, externships, and co-ops have the potential to transform ideas into action, refine skills, and integrate knowledge with experience.

Approximately 70 percent of graduating seniors report completing an internship during their time at Vanderbilt. Many also engage in design or service projects and other civic programs. Keep reading to see examples of how current and former Vanderbilt students have made a real-world impact through their civic and professional immersive experiences.




Simeng Miao, Engineering

Major: Biomedical Engineering

Along with three other students, developed a smartphone app that could revolutionize the treatment of clubfoot by allowing parents to create a scan of a child's foot that is sent to a lab where custom casts are printed. Read more.


Julian Hinds, Peabody

Major: Educational Studies

Worked with the Metro Nashville Legal Department attorneys who represent Metro Schools. Interned with the University School of Nashville. Served as dean of students for Hillsboro High School's (Nashville) Breakthrough Collaborative program. Read more.


Connor Henderson, Arts and Science

Major: Social Justice and Human Rights (Interdisciplinary)

Interned with the Oasis Center, a Nashville nonprofit offering safety, support and guidance to at-risk teens. Designed an exhibit documenting the experiences of young people who have been imprisoned. Read more.


Kate Sborov, Arts & Science

Major: Medicine, Health and Society

Worked alongside emergency medicine professionals and Vanderbilt researchers in the VUMC emergency department. Conducted research about patient care and treatment as part of the inaugural immersion course in emergency medicine. Read more.


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