Internships and fellowships
VA Richmond health care provides training programs for students at the college, university, and postgraduate levels. Explore our training programs to find out about how we can help you start your career as a health care professional.
Clinical Pastoral Education
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers into supervised encounters with persons in distress. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need and the feedback from peers and teachers, students develop a new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs for whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, students gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, students develop skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships. CPE is designed for people at various stages of life, for example, persons seeking to become board certified chaplains, clergy seeking continuing education, laity wanting to explore/develop themselves as pastoral caregivers, and seminarians preparing for ministry.
Psychologists work in many of Central Virginia VA Health Care System's mental health and medical programs, including both inpatient and outpatient clinics. Psychologists provide assessments and a variety of psychological therapies for individuals, couples, and families. The Central Virginia VA Health Care System has three APA-accredited psychology training programs. Psychology training primarily occurs at the McGuire VA Medical Center located in Richmond, Virginia.
Visit the Psychology Service's Internships and Fellowships page for more information.
Central Virginia VA Health Care System (CVHCS) is offering a full time, 12-month occupational therapy (OT) hand and upper extremity rehabilitation fellowship of didactic and clinical education. The curriculum is set up in four quarters of study each focusing on specific areas of upper extremity impairment.
Visit the Occupational Therapy's Internships and Fellowships page for more information.
Social Work Student Internship Program
The Central Virginia VA Health Care System offers 10 placements to second year Master of Social Work (clinical focus) students. We provide a complete and comprehensive clinical and/or case management experience to students in many different areas of the field including mental health, substance abuse, homeless services, residential services, medical social work, geriatric/hospice social work, community-based care, case management, post deployment care, and more.
How to Apply:
Students seeking an Internship at CVHCS should speak with their field placement coordinators. CVHCS has active affiliation agreements with the MSW programs at Columbia University, George Mason University, University of Louisville, Simmons University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. All Applicants must meet VA eligibility requirements (Resources for Health Professions Trainees Coming to VA | Eligibility and Forms - Office of Academic Affiliations) prior to the start of the internship. Application requirements include a resume, two letters of reference, and an interview. The VA MSW Student Internship is a stipend placement.