Volunteer and Internship Opportunities

Improve Life PLLC offers two types of opportunities. One is for students interested in health and science. The other is for students interested in marketing, writing, and technology.  Dr. Waggel loves to teach! Classes are now available. 

Patients: We take privacy seriously. Names of patients are NEVER given to students. If you volunteer to have a student, they will not learn your name or any identifying information about you, unless you tell them directly. If you do not volunteer to have a student, no student will know any information about you.  All shadowing students are trained to follow HIPAA guidelines.

For Students Interested in Health and Science

  
Internship as “Pre-Health Profession Intern”

This position is for a college student (or high school student with a strong resume) who is interested in health and science. The intern will study directly under Improve Life PLLC’s medical doctor, Dr. Stephanie Waggel. There will be educational lectures and presentations. This position will require approximately 5 hours per week and schedule flexibility can be given during times of heavy classwork, exams, etc.
Responsibilities will include:
  • Attend lectures on the following potential topics: fundamentals of healthcare, steps for planning a career in healthcare, mental health care, community medicine, treatment basics, medical ethics, patient interaction, self-care, anti-bullying, and other student-selected topics.
  • Pre-health interns may also attend marketing intern lectures (such as creating a business plan, marketing techniques, and business 101).
  • Assist in identifying relevant healthcare needs in our community.
  • Learn the proper way to conduct medical searches on the internet.
  • Provide support to social media efforts to target new audiences (optional).
  • Students that show exceptional performance and interest will be selected to sit in on an appointment with a patient (patients will provide their written consent for this beforehand).
  • If selected to shadow during appointments, student will learn how to take and interpret vital signs.
  • Assist with special community health events and charitable volunteer work.
  • Collaborate with Dr. Waggel in developing new and creative ideas.
  • Write a persuasive & creative piece for our website, blog & promotional materials (optional).
  • Directly assist Dr. Waggel with any special projects or other items delegated.
  • Organize a town hall meeting to discuss community mental health needs.
Job Type: Internship
Job Location: Herndon, VA 20171
Required education: High school or equivalent (if not yet completed high school must have strong resume)
Required language: English

After successful completion of at least 4 weeks working at least 5 hours per week (or 8 weeks with 2.5 hours of participation a week), the intern will be able to put “Pre-Health Profession Intern” on their resume. Additionally, they will receive a letter of recommendation from Improve Life’s medical doctor, Dr. Stephanie Waggel. To apply, please email your resume and a 250 word essay explaining why you are interested in this position to ImproveLifePLLC@gmail.com
  


For Students Interested in Marketing, Writing, and Technology

Improve Life PLLC Internship Program for Marketing Interns

Internship as “Director of Marketing”
This position is for a college student (or high school student with a strong resume) that is interested in Marketing, Public Relations, Information Technology or Creative Writing. The intern will work directly under the CEO of Improve Life PLLC, Dr. Stephanie Waggel, in assisting in company marketing activities. There will be educational lectures and presentations. This position will require approximately 5 hours per week and schedule flexibility can be given during times of heavy classwork, exams, etc.
Responsibilities will include:
  • Marketing interns have their own set of lectures (such as creating a business plan, marketing techniques, and business 101) and are permitted to attend any of the health and science lectures given by Dr. Waggel. 
  • Write persuasive & creative copy for our website, blog & promotional materials.
  • Create signage, newsletters, email campaigns, online promotions, etc.
  • Assist in identifying potential business opportunities.
  • Assist in creating newsletter and other sales materials.
  • Make updates to our websites.
  • Help oversee online marketing and advertising campaigns.
  • Provide support to social media efforts to target new audiences.
  • Provide research and competitive analysis on the current market as needed.
  • Managing and following up on digital marketing campaigns.
  • Assist with special events to promote the practice.
  • Collaborate with Dr. Waggel in developing new and creative marketing ideas.
  • Directly assist Dr. Waggel with any special projects or other items delegated.
  • Organize a town hall meeting to discuss community mental health needs.
Job Type: Internship
Job Location: Herndon, VA 20171
Required education: High school or equivalent (if not yet completed high school must have strong resume)
Required language: English
 
After successful completion of at least 4 weeks working at least 5 hours per week (or 8 weeks with 2.5 hours of participation a week), the intern will be able to put “Director of Marketing” on their resume. Additionally, they will receive a letter of recommendation from Improve Life’s CEO, Dr. Stephanie Waggel. To apply, please email your resume and a 250 word essay explaining why you are interested in this position to ImproveLifePLLC@gmail.com
    

Educational Opportunities - Improve Life PLLC - Dr. Stephanie Waggel, MD, MS - Reston & Herndon Mental Health Services

  
This internship offers a similar experience to training which would be given in an educational environment and is for the benefit of the intern. It offers both education and work experience. Interns do not displace regular employees. Interns work under close supervision of Dr. Stephanie Waggel. Improve Life PLLC derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern and on occasion its operations may actually be impeded (for example, time that would be used for appointments will be used for teaching). The intern is not entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship. Both Improve Life PLLC and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to wages for the time spent in the internship.