Volunteer Opportunities

Note: When seeking clinical volunteer opportunities, treat it as a job search. Be prepared to present a resume and possibly participate in an interview. Some clinics/hospitals have an overabundance of volunteers so always be professional, pleasant and proactive when making contacts. Be prepared to submit vaccinations upon request, background clearances (may be required) and attend site orientations. It is recommended to submit applications at more than one site. The application process may be lengthy and most require a time commitment. "Hands on" experience should not be the goal but rather, patient interaction and exposure to the healthcare field.

Location Description
Scripps Medical Center
(858) 626-6994
Seven area hospitals/clinics. 3-4 hour per week commitment.
Volunteer Coordinator: Lori Kiner (619) 260-7082

Scripps Medical Center – USD Internship

1 unit USD Psychology course where students complete clinical rotations in the trauma center. For upper division pre-medical students only.
Email cagomez@sandiego.edu for more information.

Rady Children's Hospital
(858) 966-4021
Requires a 1 year, 100 hour commitment.
Sharp Medical Centers Six are hospitals/clinics. Requires a 100 hour commitment, 4 hours per week.
UCSD Health System (La Jolla/Hillcrest) Must attend an orientation first. Various positions – see website.
UCSD Student Run Free Clinic Volunteer opportunities for pre-medical, pre-dental and pre-pharmacy students. May have long wait list but experience is strongly encouraged especially for students who want to work with medically underserved populations.
Email fcp-volunteers@ucsd.edu for an application
Research Associates Program
UCSD Medical Center, Hillcrest – ED
(619) 543-7342
Program that allows students to combine clinical research with doctor/patient exposure in the emergency department. 100 hours/6 month commitment. Students must attend UCSD orientation to be eligible to apply.
Clinical Care Extender Internship Program
Palomar Pomerado Health Centers (Poway)
Students rotate through hospital departments every three months. Requires a 4 hour/week, 270 hour commitment. Positions available in Escondido and Poway. Students sign up for interviews
Alvarado Hospital 4 hour shift/100 hour minimum commitment
Volunteers in Medicine (El Cajon) Nonprofit medical clinic serving low-income, uninsured families
VA San Diego Healthcare System Healthcare services for veterans
Family Health Centers of San Diego Community health center for low income or uninsured.
UCSD Free Dental Clinic
San Diego Dental Association
USD Health Professional Mentorship Email cagomez@sandiego.edu for information and application
UCSD Clinic
Adrienne Gomez
(858) 822-6856
Email Adrienne at aigomez@ucsd.edu to inquire about pre-pharmacy openings
Rady Children’s Hospital
(858) 966-4021
Fashion Valley Center
USD Health Professional Mentorship Email cagomez@sandiego.edu for information and application