Professional Development in BME

Our faculty invest in programs like BME GoingPro, BIOME, and Tomorrow's Professor Today, because these are keystone experiences that prepare you for your professional life after graduate school. When there isn’t a program to meet our students’ needs for professional and personal development, we create one.

  • BME Going Pro Internship (PhD Program)

    The failure to train graduate students for non-academic careers has been the subject of much discussion in professional and popular publications. BME Going Pro is our program's answer.  The program has three components: an Industry Internship, Mentoring, and Professional Development Course. 

    Jason Papin,


    Program Overview and Application Details
  • BIOME Internship (ME Program)

    In collaboration with the C’ville BioHub, the Rheuban Telehealth Center, Continuum Home Health, and with the generous support of the UVA Coulter Program, the BIOME initiative competitively selects and engages BME Masters students in paid internships the summer following their first two academic semesters, and during the final Fall semester of their program.

    BIOME Internships
  • Coulter Fellows (all levels)

    The Coulter Fellows program funds an industry-facing fellowship or internship for learners at the University of Virginia. A goal is to extend the translational research network for the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and there is an annual call for proposals in the spring.

    Coulter Fellows Apply and FAQ
  • Tomorrow's Professor Today

    UVA's Tomorrow’s Professor Today (TPT) is a professional development program for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Designed to facilitate the transition from student to academic professional, the program focuses on improving preparedness in three key areas—teaching, professional development, and adjustment to a university career.

    Tomorrow's Professor Today
  • PhD Plus and PhD Plus STEM Future Faculty

    PhD Plus is a university-wide initiative to prepare PhD students and Postdoctoral scholars across all disciplines for long-term career success.  The goal is to enable versatile academics who are deeply engaged with society’s needs to become influential professionals in every sector and field. 

    PhD Plus STEM Future Faculty module is designed for all Postdoctoral scientists and STEM PhD candidates in advanced years of training (collectively called ‘trainees) who are interested in faculty careers and independent research careers in universities and research institutes across the United States.

    PhD Plus
  • Engineering Graduate Teaching Fellowship

    The Engineering Graduate Teaching Fellowship is an experiential hands-on teaching practicum where graduate students co-instruct a course with UVA Engineering faculty and learn fundamental pedagogical skills

  • Center for Engineering Career Development

    The mission of the Center for Engineering Career Development is to help engineering students achieve their highest aspirations and become the next generation of global engineering leaders. We prepare our students to make smart, strategic career decisions throughout their professional lives. We provide professional advising and counseling aimed at building their understanding of job search and career self-management processes. We help students identify their strengths and interests so they gain confidence and competence as they plan for their future. We also help connect them with prospective employers Our services are available to engineering students at all academic levels.

    Julia Lapan, Director,

    Center for Engineering Career Development
Professional Development Timeline for BMEs at UVA