Individual Differences & Diversity
The Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center are equal opportunity employers. The major institutions that form the Charleston Consortium Internship Program have a historical commitment to equal opportunity, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religion, physical handicap, or sexual identity or orientation. The internship leaders and faculty strongly support the value of creating and maintaining an environment that is inclusive, respectful of, and sensitive to a full range of individual and cultural differences.
Recruitment of interns and staff from diverse individual backgrounds begins by endorsing the value of such diversity. Beyond the possession of the requisite professional training and skills, internship leaders remain highly sensitive to the issue of recruiting interns, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. Background characteristics are never used as exclusionary criteria during the recruitment process; all qualified candidates are given due consideration for their respective positions.
We maintain a strong philosophical commitment to sensitivity and fairness with regard to individual and cultural differences. The development of sensitivity and skill, and regard for individual differences, are a major part of the ongoing learning process for interns. The program promotes an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect among all program participants.
Many international students assume that because our Consortium includes the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, they are not eligible to apply, or to complete rotations at the VA Medical Center. This is not correct. Although international students cannot be paid via some funding sources (e.g., VA stipends, National Institute of Health training grants), they are eligible to be paid by other sources available within our program. Furthermore, we impose no restrictions regarding the completion of individual rotations at VA training sites. We welcome applications from research-oriented potential interns across the spectrum of diversity.