Are you looking for experience before starting graduate school? Interested in a year in service before launching your career? Do you want to develop new skills? Come connect with over a dozen alumni and recruiters representing bridge year opportunities like AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, Fulbright, Princeton in Africa, Literacy Lab, Scribekick, and more.
We welcome all years, all majors and especially students who want to gain experience before starting graduate school or launching their careers in healthcare, education, public service, or the STEM fields.
5:30-5:50: Welcome and Introductions from Alumni and Employers
5:50-6:10: Roundtable Rotation I
6:10-6:30: Roundtable Rotation II
6:30-6:50: Roundtable Rotation III
6:50-7:30: Mingling/Reception with Dinner
*Dinner will be served!*
Bridge year Organizations/Representatives that will be in attendance:
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs, made up of three primary programs that each take a different approach to improving lives and fostering civic engagement. Members commit their time to address critical community needs like increasing academic achievement, mentoring youth, fighting poverty, sustaining national parks, preparing for disasters, and more.
Anne Otih: After graduating from the College of William and Mary, Anne combined her studies in kinesiology, community development, and public health with her passion for helping others and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, in Harford County, Maryland, where she developed a community garden initiative and outdoor learning lab in a food-insecure neighborhood in Aberdeen, Maryland. She used non-competitive eligibility (a benefit of completing a year of AmeriCorps VISTA service) to start her career in Public Service at the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that oversees the AmeriCorps programs. She now assesses applicant suitability and represents the AmeriCorps VISTA program at recruitment events
Fulbright: Established in 1946, the Fulbright US Student Award aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through yearlong grants for study, research, teaching, and other opportunities. Awards are available in all fields of study to students at all levels (undergraduate, graduate, or alumni.)
UK Fellows: The UK Fellows Program allows graduating University of Virginia students the opportunity to teach and live abroad in a UK boarding school for one year. Fellows participate fully by assisting with classes, sport, and residence life. The best candidates are mature, responsible individuals who are eager to get involved. Teaching experience is helpful, but not required. The ability to help coach a sport, even if it’s not your specialty, is a plus.
Andrus Ashoo and Lisa Grimes: Andrus G. Ashoo and Lisa Grimes oversee national scholarships and fellowships at the university, the majority of which fall under the umbrella of ‘bridge year’ programs. Their office oversees application and advising processes for awards that require university involvement. They are here to highlight the Fulbright and UK Fellows, but they also invite you to participate in their office’s weekly series on Mondays at 4pm in the Rotunda Multipurpose Room: http://www.virginia.edu/cue/scholarships-fellowships-series.html.
The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 230,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide.
Supriya Williamson: I served in Botswana from 2011-2014 as a Life Skills and Community Liaison. My first two years of service I worked in an elementary boarding school mainly focused on after-school programming, literacy, and HIV/AIDS prevention. My third year I worked at a non-profit for orphans and vulnerable children and focused on program/organizational development as well as mentoring and support groups for adolescents. My Peace Corps service was instrumental in my career because it helped me to figure out the path I wanted to take and also gave me the skills and perspective I needed to be successful in graduate school. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Clinical Psychology in the Curry School.
Anna Sullivan: After graduating from UVA's Curry School of Education, Anna joined the Peace Corps in Bolivia where she worked hand in hand with community members to build sustainable solutions around access to safe drinking water. Through this experience she discovered her passion for creating educational programs and supporting others as they develop their leadership potential. After returning to the states, she served as the Program Coordinator for a local non-profit that supports the Spanish speaking popultion in and around Charlottesville, ran a small community supported agriculture vegetable farm, and for the past two years has served as the Peace Corps advisor at UVA.
Princeton in Africa:
Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent. Since its launch in 1999, we have had placed nearly 550 Fellows with more than 80 fellowship organizations in 36 countries. Sectors in which Fellows work include public health, education, civil society, entrepreneurship, small business development, humanitarian aid, and more. There is one UVA alum who is a current Princeton in Africa Fellow working in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and another alum who will be a 2018-19 Fellow in Monrovia, Liberia.
Meg Gould: Meg Gould graduated from UVA in 2015 having majored in Global Development Studies and French. Shortly after graduation, she moved to Gaborone, Botswana on a Princeton in Africa fellowship; she taught Math and English, coached the girls' soccer team, assisted with a refugee education program, and enjoyed spending the rest of her time traveling around Southern Africa, playing ultimate frisbee, and creating strong relationships with students and new friends. She now works in the VP for Student Affairs Office at UVA and will be attending law school next year.
Bradley Barr founded Scribekick, a medical scribe organization focused on providing "Better Scribes to Happier Doctors" in 2012. He graduated from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
Ann Brogan: Ann Coleman is a graduate of Roanoke College and has her bachelor's degree in Business. She joined the Scribekick team in May 2017 as the Head of Recruiting and Human Resources. Prior to joining the company, Ann Coleman worked for 5 years in the staffing industry recruiting and staffing for high volume projects and temporary- hire positions in the Richmond and Charlottesville markets. She has always had an interest in health care and working with Scribekick gave her the opportunity to combine her interests and talents into her professional career. As the head of recruiting and human resources it is her goal to recruit talented professionals with a passion for medicine to better serve doctors and health care professionals!
The Literacy Lab:
The Literacy Lab’s mission is to provide low-income children with individualized reading instruction to improve their literacy skills, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life. The Literacy Lab serves