Students and Trainees at VA
Partners in the Pursuit of Excellence
For more than 60 years, we’ve partnered with affiliated colleges and universities across the country to train new health care professionals and enhance Veteran health care. VA conducts the largest medical education effort in the U.S., with over 120,000 participants receiving training in 2017.
We’re proud that so many of these professionals accept permanent positions on our team, after getting a glimpse into life at VA. With the number of training and educational opportunities available to accelerate your career growth, it’s easy to see why. Visit the Office of Academic Affiliations to explore all VA has to offer.
Pathways at VA
VA Pathways is a set of three programs that aims to recruit talented students and graduates. Have a specific question about Pathways? Contact the Pathways Program Management Office (PPMO).
The Internship Program
The Internship Program offers current students the opportunity to learn about various career paths, earn a competitive salary while continuing their education, and contribute to VA’s mission in a meaningful way.
The Recent Graduates Program
The Recent Graduates Program gives recent graduates from qualifying institutions valuable training, mentorship, hands-on experience and professional development opportunities.
Length: One year
The PMF Program
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program is a unique leadership development program that lets advanced degree candidates take charge of their own learning and advancement.
Length: Two years
Reasons to Work at VA
Sure, there are lots of places you could build a health care career. But VA can offer you greater challenge, opportunity, teamwork and satisfaction unlike any other. Here are just a few of the many ways a career at VA stands out from the crowd:
Careers Ahead of the Curve
Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program (GHATP)
GHATP is a 12-month training program that prepares qualified employees, interns and recent graduates for successful health care management careers. Candidates interact closely with health care administrators in VA facilities, developing core competencies and gaining knowledge through challenging assignments and hands-on experience.
Technical Career Field (TCF) Program
TCF internships function more like apprenticeships—they’re intensive, two-year training programs that are required for certain, specialized career paths. Experienced mentors, known as preceptors, guide trainees through an individualized development plan. Participants receive a salary, benefits, training and relocation assistance. It’s the first step to securing an engaging, one-of-a-kind career with VA.