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Through Immersion Vanderbilt, students have the option to have their civic and professional immersive experiences and projects recognized on their transcripts. Students who are engaged in service work, design projects, internships, and externships have the potential to transform ideas into action, refine skills, and integrate knowledge with experience.

Approximately 70 percent of graduating seniors report completing an internship during their time at Vanderbilt. Many also engage in design, service projects, or other civic programs. Keep reading to see examples of how current and former Vanderbilt students have made a real-world impact through their civic and professional immersive experiences.

Kyle Ward at Nissan

Kyle Ward, Engineering
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Inspired by a DIVE course, Ward utilized human-centered design principles to engineer ergonomic improvements to the manufacturing line at Nissan.  He interviewed manufacturing line technicians, sketched ideas, and fabricated several iterations of his prototype. Read more.

Lydia (Center) with classmates advocating for public health issues at the TN Statehouse.

Lydia Lutz, Arts & Science
Major: Neuroscience

Lutz has incorporated service learning throughout her Vanderbilt experience.  A board member of Alternative Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks, founding member of Partners in Health Engage, and a long-term volunteer at Open Table Nashville, Lydia is passionate about the intersection of medicine and social justice. Read more.

Olivia Arnold in India

Olivia Arnold, Peabody
Major: Human and Organizational Development; Medicine, Health and Society

Arnold interned at GoCheck Kids, a local business that designed an app to detect risk factors for amblyopia, or lazy eye.  Through the support of the Peabody Scholars program, Olivia was able to travel to Mumbai to implement the app into community screening programs within impoverished neighborhoods. Read more.


Sasha Pines, Arts and Science
Major: Economics

Pines founded Vanderbilt’s Women in Business (WIB), an organization for students who plan to go into business after graduation. WIB pairs students with women within the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, alumni and female leaders throughout Nashville. Read more.