Ethics Internships & Fellowships

Mayo Clinic

As a result of generous gifts from Jim Vann (Davidson Class of 1950) and Lee Stanton Vann, up to two Vann Fellowships for Biomedical Ethics Research are available to Davidson College students at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for 8-10 weeks during the summer. Fellows are selected through a competitive application process. The work of Vann Fellows is supervised by physician and research mentors within the Mayo Clinic Program in Professionalism and Ethics. The fellowship award is $5,000 (minus taxes), from which students are responsible for paying their own travel, housing and meals. Applications for the summer fellowships are due the second week of January.

Examples of research topics that might be explored during the fellowship include:

  • Clinical ethics
  • Informed patient consent, competence, and dementia
  • Advance directives, surrogate decision‐makers, cultural values, and family interests
  • Ethical issues in biomedical research
  • Ethical issues in End of Life care
  • Ethical issues in life‐sustaining treatments
  • Ethical issues regarding pediatric patients
  • Ethics in genetic testing and therapies
  • Ethics in stem‐cell research
  • Ethics in organ transplantation
  • Ethical issues in healthcare reform

At the conclusion of the summer fellowship term, fellows must report on the work they performed, their findings or insights, and their evaluation of the experience. This may entail a presentation to a committee at the Mayo Clinic as well as two presentations at Davidson College in the fall. Contact Prof. David Perry, director of the Vann Center, for more information about applying.

Bank of America, Corporate Social Responsibility Division

An ethics fellow position at Bank of America has been established for a Davidson student beginning in the summer of 2014. The Ethics Fellow will be mentored by a manager in the bank's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) division, and be paid a $5,000 stipend for nine weeks of work (June to August) at 40 hours per week. The student must arrange his/her own lodging and transportation. Note: Only rising sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for this fellowship; i.e., seniors who will graduate before the summer fellowship begins are not eligible to apply.

On the last day of the fellowship term, the Ethics Fellow must submit to their Bank of America mentor and to Vann Center Director Dave Perry a five-page report on the work they performed, their findings or insights, and their evaluation of the experience. An oral presentation to a committee at Bank of America as well as one-two presentations at Davidson College in the fall may also be required.  For information on applying, contact Prof. David Perry.

General information about the Bank's CSR area is available on the BOA website.

Human Rights Watch, Children's Rights Division

An ethics intern position at Human Rights Watch in New York City was made possible by Zama Coursen-Neff '93, executive director of its Children's Rights Division, who will mentor one or two Davidson students beginning summer 2014. The work may include press monitoring, desk research, drafting short background documents and correspondence, and other projects as they arise. Topics may include child labor; attacks on schools, teachers, and students during armed conflict; access to education; or other issues. HRW internships often offer direct exposure to the workings of an international human rights organization, interaction with other U.S. and international organizations, and opportunities to attend lectures, trainings, and special events relating to human rights. Applications are due the end of January.

The internship comes with a $5,000 stipend from the Vann Center for Ethics. The intern will receive information from HRW about housing options in New York, but is responsible for arranging his or her own housing, travel and meals. At the internship's conclusion, the intern must submit to HRW, Davidson's Center for Career Development, and the Vann Center a five-page report summarizing the work and evaluating the internship.

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