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 USD 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.
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.
Palomar Pathmaker Internship
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.