Community Impact

To learn about careers involving community engagement, PhD students and Postdocs should cultivate a professional community and connect with professionals in these fields.

To build a professional community, connect with:

  • Peers with shared interests
  • Identify mentors and alums you can learn from.
  • Professionals at the University and Greater Charlottesville area 
  • Potential employers
Gopal Midha photo
Gopal was a PhD Plus intern at Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia through Summer and Fall of 2019, under the mentorship of Larry D. Terry, Executive Director of the Weldon Cooper Center.
Mary Allen photo
Mary was a PhD Plus Intern in Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Outreach at the University of Virginia in 2018-2019 under the mentorship of Louis P. Nelson, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach.
Megan Miller
Megan is a PhD Plus intern at Center for Survey Research (CSR) at UVA through Summer and Fall of 2019, and Spring of 2020 under the mentorship of Kara Fitzgibbon and Thomas M. Guterbock, Directors of CSR.
Sarah Rabke (headshot)
Sarah was a PhD Plus intern for Gazelle International from summer 2020 to May 2021, under the mentorship of Nancy Ruther.