Working or volunteering in medically related areas will help you gain a better understanding of medicine and healthcare practice, while demonstrating that you not only have a passion for your chosen health profession, but also have a concern for your community. Volunteering is an indication of your ability to give of yourself to other individuals, especially those who might be educationally or economically disadvantaged. Community service will also increase your cultural competence, a definite asset in our diverse (global) medical practice environment.
Depending on your healthcare field of choice, there may be specific requirements for the type and number of hours of patient care experience that prospective students should acquire prior to applying. Be sure to research the issue thoroughly and to connect with your schools and programs of choice for details. Physician Assistant programs, for example, have particularly stringent expectations for what "counts" toward direct patient care hours. See how one schools does it.
When you apply to any health profession school, admission officers will assess your experiences according to various criteria, including length of time, depth of experience and lessons learned. We recommend that you keep a journal of your experiences and reflections.
In general, quality is more important than quantity. Although useful, short-term experiences such as day-long blood drives or fund raising activities for a worthy cause may be considered less enlightening than semester-long commitments. Similarly, if you are planning to go abroad for a short-term international service trip, be sure to balance that experience with sustained involvement with local organizations here in the U.S. One week on an alternative spring break is no replacement for one or more semesters spent volunteering in a local free clinic, hospital, hospice, rehabilitation center or nursing home. If you are contemplating participating in clinical and patient-oriented experiences abroad, please refer to this information on international service trips. NOTE: Engaging in clinical, hands-on activities for which no appropriate training or supervision is provided not only is neither ethical nor legal, but it may also jeopardize your candidacy at health profession schools since your ethics and judgment will be questioned.
The following resources are provided to help you identify medically-related experiences (both on a volunteer and employment basis) in the Ann Arbor area and beyond. The list is not comprehensive but is meant to help you think more broadly about the range of opportunities available to you. Keep in mind that the organizations listed below may not necessarily need volunteers at this particular time even though occasionally they do. It is up to you to contact these organizations and ascertain their current needs and application modalities as appropriate. You may wish to discuss your approach with your general and/or pre-health advisor and members of the University Career Center staff.
NOTE: During the pandemic, many "typical" opportunities may be severely restricted. For ideas on how to stay involved during these unprecedented times, see:
- NAAHP Pre-Health Opportunities During the Pandemic ⏤ Ideas Summary
- The Best Volunteer Opportunities for Pre-meds During Coronavirus
- APSA compilation of virtual resources to develop/enhance skills useful in a research setting
- Which Virtual Medical Shadowing Opportunities Are the Best?
- Ginsberg's Connect2Community portal for local and remote volunteer opportunities
Here is a sampling of options typically available to pre-med and pre-PA students--by category, followed by additional specific resources for other health professions such as dentistry, pharmacy, etc.:
University of Michigan Resources
A U-M degree is a common bond for more than 460,000 wolverines worldwide. Connect with UM alumni/ae for informational interviewing, networking, or shadowing.
Center for Community Service and Learning
Includes links to: Connect to Community portal to search for opportunities to engage in the local community. Community partners from across the area share their one-time, group and on-going opportunities, allowing you to search for the best fit for your interests and schedule. See also:
- Project Community
- Michigan AmeriCorps Partnership
- America Reads
- Semester in Detroit
- Interfaith Action
Connect to employers and opportunities via the University Career Center's Handshake
Services for Students with Disabilities
Local Emergency Medical Services
Huron Valley Ambulance
Huron Valley Ambulance is a group that has EMS, Paramedic, and Medical First Responder training.
Local (and beyond) Nursing Assistant, Medical Assistant, Patient Care Technician & Phlebotomist Programs
Washtenaw Community College Nursing Assistant Skills Training
This state certified 4-5 week program prepares students to work as a nursing assistant in a variety of health care settings such as nursing homes, hospitals and home care. Training takes place in the classroom, lab and clinical settings within the community. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to apply for and take the Michigan Certified Nurse Aid (CNA) exam.
Nurse Aide Training Programs in the State of Michigan
Michigan Accredited Medical Assistant Schools and Programs
Michigan Patient Care Technician Training
Searchable database of national Phlebotomist Programs
Searchable jobboard for healthcare related opportunities at Michigan Medicine
Local Doula Resources
- Center for the Childbearing Year
- Kate Stroud (Ypsilanti)
Once students become trained as a doula, they can start taking on clients/volunteer their services. However, doulas can also go through a certification process, which is beneficial if they ultimately want to continue their doula work or wish set up a practice.
- The Southeast Michigan Doula Project (own transportation needed to volunteer as a doula, but other administrative opportunities may exist, which will not require a car)
- Dial-a-Doula at U of M Hospital (Hannah Mesa is the current volunteer coordinator <firstname.lastname@example.org> Bus transportation available to Michigan Medicine
Free monthly webinars on the role of birth/postpartum doulas and on end-of-life doulas. Register at:
- Questions about Becoming a Birth or Postpartum Doula - Lifespan Doula
- Top 5 Questions about Becoming an End-of-Life Doula - Lifespan Doulas
UM Student Organizations
- Maternal Health Alliance. Contact maternalhealthalliance.lead@um
ich.edu for more information
- Prison Birth Project assists incarcerated mothers through maternal health advocacy. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Local Home Health Services
Local Health Clinics
Walking Distance from Central Campus
Lyn Hadley Memorial Clinic, Shelter Association of Washtenaw County Medical Clinic
- For general volunteer positions in the shelter complete interest form
- For positions in the clinic, contact Packard Health
Neighborhood Family Health Center
Packard Health (Ann Arbor) and Packard Health (West)
Local Hospice Services
In-House Hospice Solutions
Hospice of Michigan and Arbor Hospice
Take Arbor Hospice’s quiz to see if you’re eligible to volunteer
Walking Distance from Central Campus
Michigan Medicine Ann Arbor (formerly University of Michigan Health System)
Clinical Service Examples:
- University of Michigan Hospital
- C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
- W.K. Kellogg Eye Center
- Cancer Center
- Geriatrics Center
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (Ann Arbor)
VA Medical Center (Ann Arbor)
(This is walking distance from North Campus, bus accessible from Central)
Local Assisted Living Centers
Glacier Hills Retirement Center
Glastonbury Adult Foster Care
Housing Bureau for Seniors
(This is walking distance from North Campus, bus accessible from Central)
Sunrise Assisted Living of North Ann Arbor
(This is walking distance from North Campus, bus accessible from Central)
Sunrise Assisted Living of Ann Arbor
Local Non Profit Organizations
Walking Distance from Central Campus
U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center
Our mission is the conquest of cancer through innovation and collaboration.
Center for Eating Disorders (Ann Arbor)
Mission: To provide educational information, treatment, prevention and referral information, counseling and support to sufferers of eating disorders as well as the general community.
The Ronald McDonald House of Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor)
Mission: To provide families of children experiencing a serious illness or injury requiring hospitalization or treatment on an outpatient basis, a “home away from home” that assists in alleviating families’ emotional and financial stress.
Women’s Health Resource Center (Ann Arbor)
Mission: To offer information on a variety of health related topics to women and their families.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor)
Mission: To give individual and group support to families with a relative who is mentally ill.
American Cancer Society, Washtenaw County Unit (Ann Arbor)
Mission: To help adults and children cope with the effects of cancer through education, research, and service.
American Red Cross, Washtenaw County Chapter (Ann Arbor)
Mission: To provide the citizens of our community the highest quality health and safety education, disaster prevention and emergency relief, blood supply services, armed forces communication, and international tracing as well as ample opportunities to support our programs through commitment of time and financial resources.
Chelsea Arbor Treatment Center (Ann Arbor)
It is a facility exclusively for treatment, research, and training related to alcohol and drug problems.
C.L.E.A.R. House (Ann Arbor)
Mission: To offer a chemical dependency program with four phases of outpatient treatment.
Community Residence Corporation (Ypsilanti)
Mission: To provide community based residential services to persons with developmental disabilities.
Full Circle Community Center (Ypsilanti)
Mission: A psychological rehabilitation clubhouse reintegrating adults recovering from mental illness into the community.
HIV/AIDS Resource Center (Ypsilanti)
Mission: To provide HIV related services to our community through compassionate direct care, prevention, and outreach activities.
Lamaze Childbirth Preparation Assoc. of Ann Arbor, Inc. (Ann Arbor)
Mission: To offer education and support during the childbearing and early childhood years.
March of Dimes (Ann Arbor)
Mission: To improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality through community service, advocacy, research and education.
National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
Mission: To prevent and eliminate diseases of the kidney and urinary tract and to enhance the quality of life of renal consumers through public and professional education, consumer services and advocacy, and sponsored research.
Planned Parenthood of Mid-Michigan
Mission: To ensure broad public access to reproductive health care through direct service, education, and advocacy.
Family Life Services Clinic (Ypsilanti)
Mission: To help young mothers with unplanned pregnancies acquire accurate information about all of their options and support them once those decisions are made.
Washtenaw County Public Health Services (Ypsilanti)
Mission: To ensure the citizens of Washtenaw County enjoy the best possible state of health, free from avoidable diseases, disability, and the threat of premature death in a healthful and healthy environment.
Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter (Chelsea)
Mission: To provide education and support services to Alzheimer’s parents, their families and health care providers.
American Lung Association of Michigan-Huron Valley Regional Office (Oak Park)
Mission: The conquest of lung disease and the promotion of lung health.
Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (Southfield)
Mission: To help adults and children cope with the effects of leukemia and related disorders.
Karmanos Cancer Institute (Detroit)
Mission: To offer programs in cancer control and service to the community.
Multiple Sclerosis Society Michigan Chapter(Southfield)
Mission: To improve the quality of life of people with MS and their families.
Summer Camps/Summer Programs
Look in particular for specialty camps and camps for individuals with special needs:
NAAHP Postings of Pre-Health Summer Opportunities
Boston University Compilation of Pre-Health Summer Opportunities
UM, UM-sponsored & Local:
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)
Psychology Dept. Research Opportunities
UROP Summer Programs
Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)
REU at the Biological Station
REU in Mathematics
REU at CERN (Physics)
REU in Biophysics
REU in the Chemical Sciences
REU in Space Physics
REU at the School of Information
Pathways to Science
Michigan Health Sciences Undergraduate Research Academy
Michigan Health Sciences Career Development Academy
Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program (EMRAP @ St. Joseph Mercy)
Cardiovascular Center Summer Research Fellowship
Health Management and Policy Summer Enrichment Program (SEP)
Pre-MSTP Summer Program (UM-SMART)
Molecular and Integrative Physiology Summer Research Fellowship (SURF)
STEP in Digestive and Metabolic Physiology
Summer Undergraduate Research in Physiology (SURP)
Perrigo/Life Sciences Institute (LSI) Summer Fellows Program
Survey Research Center Summer Internship Program
WSU Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Summer Fellowship
AAMC Enrichment Programs on Medical School Campuses
AAMC Summer Undergraduate Research Programs by SchoolAmgen Scholars
Compilation of Biomedical Research Opportunities Nationwide (Fred Hutch)
Compilation of Co-op/Internship Opportunities by University of Rochester
CDC Public Health Internships, Fellowships, etc.
DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)
Duke University's Fellowships & Research Opportunities Compilation
Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) at Howard Hughes Medical Institute
ExploreHealthCareers.org Program Finder
Harvard Immunology Graduate Program
Internships and Fellowships in Health Policy and Related Fields
Michigan Public Health Internships
National Science Foundation: Student Interests
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
National Alliance of Research Associate Programs
NIH Training Programs in the Biomedical Sciences
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
Summer Research Programs for Pre-MD-PhD Students
Summer Health Professions Education Program
Van Andel Institute Summer Programs
WebGURU Guide to Undergraduate Research
Work and Volunteering Abroad
If you are contemplating participating in clinical and patient-oriented experiences abroad, see the following recommendations. Remember that engaging in clinical, hands-on activities for which no appropriate training or supervision is provided not only is not ethical nor legal, but it may also jeopardize your candidacy at health profession schools since your ethics and judgment will be questioned:
Volunteer opportunities in the health care field that are primary care based
Comprehensive listing on the UM International Center website
Gap Year Options
Looking for something to do between graduation and medical, dental, or graduate school? There are many opportunities available ranging in length from summer to one to two years. Some opportunities may be directly related to medicine or healthcare, while others may be a chance to explore another side of working with people, such as teaching or community organizing. You may consider fellowships, internships, research, volunteering, part-time employment, etc. Whether you are looking to improve your candidacy to medical school or experience something new before entering your program or the world of work, there is an opportunity out there for you! Be mindful of implications on loan repayment if you take one or more gap years.
This is only a sampling of the many opportunities available. If you wish to explore additional resources or learn more about what to do upon graduation before entering a graduate or professional program, consider scheduling an appointment with a pre-health counselor at The University Career Center.
- Employment (Full and Part Time)
- Service Opportunities
- Overseas Opportunities
- General Job and Internship Resources
American Cancer Society Internships (8 week rotations available year-round)
The internship program at the American Cancer Society provides an opportunity for people to make a difference as they gain valuable hands-on experience in the non-profit sector and a greater understanding of the Society’s mission.
American Public Health Association Internships (3 months-1 year)
The American Public Health Association is the oldest, largest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has been working to improve public health since 1872. A variety of internships for undergrad and grad students are available.
AYUDA Internship (Summer)
American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad, Inc. (AYUDA) is a grassroots organization seeking interns who are dedicated, hard working and self-motivated. The interns will experience how a small non-profit organization works from the everyday operations to the delivery of essential medical support and resources to Latin America.
Church Health Center Internship Program (3 months-1 year)
Dr. Scott Morris founded the Church Health Center in 1987 to provide quality, affordable healthcare for working, uninsured people and their families. Over the years, Dr. Morris has hired pre-medical students in their gap year to intern in what has become the country’s largest faith-based clinic.
NCI Communications Fellowship (6 months-1 year)
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the Federal Government's principal agency for cancer research and training. The NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.
Internship/Co-Ops for Pre-Medical Students (Summer)
List of internship postings compiled by Rochester Institute of Technology for pre-medical students.
MHealthy Intern (Summer or Semester)
MHealthy has internship possibilities for currently enrolled and recent college students in the areas of fitness center management, corporate health promotion, health education, community health promotion, nutrition, tobacco cessation, employee wellness, and marketing.
Pfizer Lab Internships (Summer)
Pfizer, the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical company is offering several laboratory internships in fields of chemistry, microbiology, and physical sciences.
Washtenaw County Department of Public Health Internships (8-12 weeks)
The Washtenaw County Health Services Departments, Public Health and Mental Health need students to assist with various projects. Public Health and Mental Health offer student internships and volunteer opportunities.
Emerging Leaders Program (2 years)
The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is a competitive, two-year, paid, federal internship with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The program provides a unique opportunity to develop analytical and critical leadership skills in one of the largest federal agencies in the nation.
Global Health Corps
Global Health Corps is a non-profit organization committed to health equity. GHC pairs talented young professionals from the United States and abroad, from a variety of backgrounds, to work in year-long fellowships with organizations serving poor communities in the United States and beyond.
Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities- Various Fellowships (Varies)
The OMHD supports training opportunities for qualified students at all levels of their education. Many of the opportunities involve working with the Federal Government or the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Presidential Management Fellows Program (1 year)
The purpose of the Program is to attract to the Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.
Project Horseshoe Farm Fellowship
Horseshoe Farm intensive 13 month community-based fellowship is geared to recent college graduates interested in community health and education, non-profit and organizational management, social entrepreneurship, and community service leadership. HSF is located in Greensboro, AL.
U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Programs (1 year)
The U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Programs provide community service fellowships for graduate students in health-related professional fields who are dedicated to addressing unmet health needs in their local areas.
The Villers Fellowship for Health Care Justice (1 year)
Villers Fellows work on Medicaid and enrollment policy issues and develop an understanding of the federal legislative and regulatory process. They will also be exposed to different advocacy strategies, including producing analytic reports, disseminating effective messages through the media, successful coalition building, and e-advocacy techniques.
More STEM and Medically-Related Fellowships (a compilation)
Employment (full and part-time)
Department of Veterans Affairs (Varies)
The VA’s goal is to provide excellence to the over 25 million veterans currently alive in patient care, veterans’ benefits, and customer satisfaction. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer or be employed with the Department of Veterans Affairs in the health care setting or in other settings relating to the care of our country’s veterans.
Greater Flint Health Coalition Project Manager Positions (Full-time)
Greater Flint Health Coalition is a non-profit coalition comprised of providers of health care, insurers, purchasers, government, labor, and consumers. GFHC’s mission is to improve the health status of the residents of Genesee County, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare delivery system in Genesee County.
Michigan Medicine Job Postings
Use this searchable job board to identify healthcare related opportunities with Michigan Medicine. Search for Certified Nurse Assistant, Phlebomist, Medical Assistant, Medical Scribe, Patient Care Assistant, EMT, Translator, etc.
Planned Parenthood Clinic Assistant (Full or Part-time depending on location)
Job descriptions of Planned Parenthood Clinic Assistants vary depending on location, but generally the position involves clerical duties, basic patient care, or both.
HealthCorps is a comprehensive health education program founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz. HealthCorps Coordinators commit to two years of service to work full-time in a designated high school and community.
GVSU Scribe Academy
This free program (with classroom, online and clinical components) trains individuals to assist healthcare providers by documenting patient care in the electronic medical record. Students that successfully complete the program are hired as hourly employees of Helix Scribe Solutions. Great gap year option for pre-med/pre-PA students interested in working in the Grand Rapids, Lansing, Owosso, Big Rapids and Kalamazoo areas.
I am Scribe
Scribes provide real-time charting for physicians by shadowing them throughout their shifts and performing a variety of tasks including recording patients’ history and chief complaints, transcribing the physical exam, ordering x-rays, recording diagnostic test results, and preparing plans for follow-up care.
Elite Medical Scribes
Based in Minnesota, Elite Medical Scribes has recently expanded their services to Ann Arbor by partnering with the University of Michigan Health System. Scribes work side-by-side with physicians throughout their entire shift and have the opportunity to observe how the physician interacts with patients.
As a scribe, you’ll earn income as you learn the ins and outs of what it takes to succeed in an ER, a hospital or a physician’s office.
UMHS Interpreter Services provides interpretation and translation to patients of all languages throughout the University of Michigan Health System.
Standardized Patient Instructor
Standardized Patient Instructors are trained extensively to portray a specific case for which medical students will do a brief medical interview and/or a focused physical examination. The program is offered through UM Medical School.
A good way to get involved with research is to network with current and past professors or to get in touch with faculty members within various academic departments. There may be opportunities here at the University of Michigan or the departments may know of grant money available for temporary research positions in your field after graduation.
Summer Research at the University of Michigan (Summer)
Listing of summer research opportunities at UM
Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT) Group (Summer)
The GREAT Group is an AAMC Group established quality education in the biomedical sciences. They have a link to Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (by school) at their website.
Health Sciences Research Opportunities (Summer)
This website from Swarthmore College provides a list of links to summer research programs available to undergrads and recent grads in the U.S.
Michigan Cardiovascular Outcomes Research and Reporting Program (MCORRP)
MCORRP studies common cardiovascular conditions and procedures among large populations; develops modern mathematical tools to assess risk and outcomes; promotes evidence-based care models which incorporate best science into care itself by targeting physicians, nurses, and patients.
National Alliance of Research Associates Programs (NARAP)
NARAP is a consortium of emergency departments and colleges joined to generate research and quality improvement projects utilizing Research Associates (RAs) to enroll large numbers of participants over short time frames. RAs are pre-health professional college and post-baccalaureate students who volunteer in the emergency department enrolling participants in clinical research and providing service based on that research.
Research Associates Program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center (Summer)
The Dept. of Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent's Medical Center recruits college students and graduates to join research efforts in the emergency department (ED). With both the research and service protocols, each RA will have direct interactions with well over 100 patients and visitors during the summer semester.
Student Programs at the National Institutes of Health (varies)
The NIH provides a plethora of opportunities for students at all levels. In particular, see the Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA), a biomedical research program that enables eligible recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school to spend one or two years working with investigators at the NIH.
Summer Research Fellowship Program at WSU SOM (Summer)
Expand your research skills at one of the largest medical centers in the world. Summer fellowships are available in molecular biology and biochemistry.
For more research opportunities, visit the "Research Opportunities" accordion above.
AmeriCorps State and National (9-12 months)
The largest of AmeriCorps programs, AmeriCorps State and National provides funds to local and national organizations and agencies committed to using national service to address critical community needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. Members serve full- or part-time over a 9- to 12-month period.
AmeriCorps NCCC (10 months)
AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) is a full-time, team-based residential program for men and women age 18–24. Members live on one of five campuses, located in Denver, Colorado; Sacramento, California; Perry Point, Maryland; Vicksburg, MS; and Vinton, Iowa. AmeriCorps NCCC requires an intensive, 10-month commitment.
AmeriCorps VISTA (1 year)
AmeriCorps VISTA is the national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, strengthen community groups, and much more.
City Year (1 year)
City Year corps member serve full-time as tutors and mentors in schools, running after-school programs, leading and developing youth leadership programs, and vacation camps to make a difference in the lives of children and their communities.
Citizen School (2 years)
The Citizen Schools National Teaching Fellowship is a service program offering a two-year, leadership development experience, including service as a team leader at a Citizen Schools campus, professional development with a partner organization in the community, and the opportunity for optional enrollment in a pioneering Master's program in out-of-school learning.
FoodCorps (1 year)
FoodCorps is part of the AmeriCorps Service Network, which connects kids to healthy food in schools. Serving with FoodCorps is a paid, full time 11.5 month commitment beginning each August. The majority of time will be spent teaching school age children to grow, cook and taste new foods. Contact Ana Cristina Cujar, Michigan Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply at: foodcorps.org/apply
Teach for America (2 years)
Teach For America aims to end educational inequity. TFA corps members serve in high-need schools for two-year commitments.
This is just a small sample of overseas opportunities. The International Center is a great place to find more in-depth information and postings regarding work, volunteer, and internship opportunities abroad.
AIESEC is a global, non-political, independent, not-for-profit organization run by students and recent graduates. Its members are interested in world issues, leadership and management. AIESEC provides its members with an integrated development experience comprised of leadership opportunities, international internships and participation in a global learning environment.
BUNAC offers a range of work abroad, volunteer abroad, and teaching overseas programs to destinations such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, South Africa, Ghana, China, and Peru.
ChildVoice International (10-12 weeks in spring, summer, and fall)
ChildVoice International is quickly expanding in northern Uganda. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, adult and child education, psycho-social rehabilitation, community health, spiritual leadership and development, income generating projects, microfinance, art, physical and occupational therapy, administrative and organizational tasks, and agriculture.
Comparative Health Care Program in Japan (Summer)
The Comparative Health Care in Japan Program is an opportunity designed for health care, pre-med, and nursing students who want to add international dimensions to their careers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. JCMU partners with the Shiga University of Medical Sciences (SUMS) for this program, allowing JCMU students to work alongside with graduate students, researchers and professors.
Global Healing HEAL Internship (1-3 Months)
Health Education & Advocacy Liaisons (HEAL) internships give undergraduate and medical students the chance to work with physicians at the Roatan Volunteer Pediatric Clinic (RVPC) in Honduras.
Peace Corps (2 years)
Peace Corps Volunteers serve in 74 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Collaborating with local community members, volunteers work in areas like education, youth outreach and community development, health, and information technology.
General job and internship resources
America’s Job Bank
Great website for the job searcher with a specific geographical focus.
Cool Works is about finding a seasonal job or career in some of the greatest places on Earth. Get a summer job in Yellowstone, Yosemite, or another national park. Find a summer job as a camp counselor. Ski resorts, ranches, theme parks, tour companies and more are waiting for you.
Health Professions Advisory Program @ Syracuse
Provides a listing of summer programs (by state) related to medicine, dentistry, and public health.
Resource for nonprofit jobs, internships, fellowships, and volunteer opportunities.
Indeed.com offers the ability to look for jobs and internships using many search engines. Always research each opportunity before applying.
MedHunters is the world's largest healthcare job board.
Job posting site in the biotechnology, medicine and health care industries. Extensive list of related links also available.
One Day, One Job
The insider’s guide to unique and exciting entry level job and career opportunities for recent college graduates. The daily employer profiles highlight the best entry-level jobs and offer innovative job search tips. Sister-site One Day, One Internship is the insider’s guide to unique and exciting internship opportunities for college students.
One Small Planet
A site for worldwide travel and adventures. Includes international work, study, volunteer, and travel resources.
Includes links to grants and other resources for volunteer work.
Ann Arbor Dental Offices
Great Expressions Dental Office
Ann Arbor Non-Profits/Low Cost Centers
Ann Arbor Community Dental Center
Washtenaw Children's Dental Clinic
UM - Ann Arbor Undergrad Dental Student Organizations
- Pre-Dental Association
- Student American Dental Hygienists' Association
- Undergraduate Student National Dental Association (USNDA)
Summer/Other Enrichment Programs
University of California Los Angeles
Case Western Reserve University
University of Colorado
University of Connecticut
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Florida
University of Illinois at Chicago
Loma Linda University
University of Louisville
University of Michigan
New York University
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
Stony Brook University
University of Texas
Virginia Commonwealth University
University of Washington
As summer approaches, take advantage of the ADEA Enrichment Programs Calendar--designed around enrichment programs and experiences in the United States that focus on the dental professions.
Pre-Genetic Counseling Resources
Gain relevant experience by engaging in crisis counseling, advocacy, research, and shadowing:
Crisis Line Counselor
Ozone House Youth and Family Services
40-hour training needed
Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC)
Use this database to find local and national Genetic Counselors you might want to shadow
University of Michigan Master’s in Genetic Counseling Program
UM Undergraduate Summer Research Programs
List of Genetic Counseling Programs
Genetic Counseling Admissions Match
Helpful websites and social media outlets:
Local Optometry Offices
Internships, Summer Programs, and Other Opportunities
Check off the box on the right of the search page of the Optometry Programs Admissions Directory for national listings of summer programs
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) @ State University of New York
The program is designed to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority students in CSTEP-targeted professions, most particularly in optometry.
Focus on Your Future @ Illinois College of Optometry
Includes sample lectures from real ICO courses, an overview of the admissions process, career and leadership development, clinical exposure, and student and OD panels.
Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers (I-DOC) @ Ohio State University
Provides hands-on activities in optics, ocular anatomy, and clinical optometry. Participants learn about vision technology, eye diseases, and the impact of systemic health on the eye. They learn the fundamentals of eye and vision, and they gain a better understanding of the importance of diversity in health care.
International Service Learning
The World Health Organization has determined that lack of eye-care is one of the most crucial needs in developing countries.
Opto-Camp @ UC Berkeley School of Optometry
Open to all, the goal of Berkeley Optometry’s Opto-Camp is to provide pre-health science/pre-optometry majors, especially those who are underrepresented in the profession and/or first-generation college students, with in-depth information about Optometry.
Scribe Opportunities with Vision Specialists of Michigan
Busy Bloomfield Hills specialty optometric practice occasionally seeks scribes to work with their optometrists. Positions typically require 25-40 hrs/wk of work and the ideal candidate is a pre-health student who has excellent typing and writing skills and plans to take a gap year prior to enrolling in graduate school.
Ophthalmic Assistant Training and Positions available through KEC
Gap year opportunities for ophthalmic assistants are occasionally available through the UM W.K. Kellogg Eye Center Ann Arbor or in one of their satellite offices in Michigan upon successful completion of their traning program.
Our purpose is to guide you in your journey towards Optometry School through support from peers, presentations from accredited optometry programs, meetings with the pre-health advisors, and much more!
American Optometry Association
--S. Main St.
--S. State St.
--W. Stadium Blvd.
--W. Waters Rd.
HealthPlus Pharmacy of Ann Arbor
--S. Maple Rd.
--S. State St.
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists
The AAPS student chapter strives to provide its members with an opportunity to interact with people in academia and industry and thus help them learn more about the function and organization of industry and academia as well as make useful contacts.
Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization
The Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization of the University of Michigan College of Pharmacy (COP) aspires to:
- Promote a climate within the COP that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Educate the COP community on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Provide an environment that serves as a platform for COP students (PharmD, PhD, BS, etc.) to express their identities and cultures in a safe and inclusive space.
- Advocate for the awareness and appreciation of different cultures, ethnicities, and identities of students, faculty, staff, and all members of the COP community.
- Empower the expression of diverse groups within our local community and beyond.
Pharmacy Christian Fellowship
PCF strives to provide activities for the refreshment and encouragement of members, prayer and meditation on Scripture, education and discussion of current issues in pharmacy, service and missions, and networking with Christian health professionals. PCF is open to people of all religious backgrounds.
Student Michigan Pharmacists Association
University of Michigan members of the SMPA represent the will of the students to the MPA through the Student Pharmacist Executive Council. The University of Michigan chapter of SMPA offers networking and mentorship opportunities with leaders in pharmacy and provides a platform for involvement in legislative affairs at the state and national level. At U-M, SMPA holds financial, ethics, legislative, and community service events.
Student National Pharmaceutical Association
SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about pharmacy and healthcare related issues, and the poor minority representation in pharmacy and other health-related professions. Our mission is to improve healthcare outcomes and help provide care to underserved communities and address healthcare disparities
UM Pharmacy Scholars Program (PSP)
Participants will live on campus during the six-week program, which prepares students to take the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT), to be confident in the interview process, and introduces them to faculty and administrators in the College. It also exposes participants to the variety of career options one has with a PharmD degree. PSP is open to college juniors, seniors, recent graduates.
Advanced College Summer Enrichment Program - Howard University
The Center of Excellence Advanced College Summer Enrichment Program (ACSEP) is one of the many support programs offered through the COE to facilitate entry to the Doctor of Pharmacy Program at Howard University. ACSEP is a five-week summer enrichment program for undergraduate level students.
Engage Chicago - Northwestern University
Engage Chicago is an exciting program component for students interested in careers or further study in health and medicine. The Engage Chicago: Health & Medicine Concentration consists of a series of weekly seminars and field experiences that help students explore contemporary issues and prospective careers in medicine, public health, health policy, and other related fields.
ExRx: Experience Pharmacy Summer Boot Camp
This event hosted by the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy is designed for undergraduates interested in a career in pharmacy.
Pre-Pharmacy Enrichment Summer Program
The five-day Pre-Pharmacy Enrichment Summer Program (PrEP) at KGI is designed for prospective students interested in a career in pharmacy. There is no tuition fee. The program will include all classes, activities, lunch, and snacks for five days. Limited scholarships may be available for students who need financial support to attend.
Summer Academic Enrichment Program - Virginia Commonwealth University
SAEP is an intensive, six-week inter-professional academic enrichment program located on the VCU Health Campus in Richmond, Va. The primary focus of SAEP is to provide students with an academically rigorous experience that simulates the first year of health professional school. Students may choose a concentration from among four disciplines: dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy.
Summer Health Professions Education Program
The Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.
Summer Pharmacy Institute - University Illinois at Chicago
The Summer Pharmacy Institute (SPI) allows students to explore different areas of the pharmacy profession, including a full day workshop devoted to current trends, research, and activities in each of the following focus areas: Hospital, Ambulatory Care, Industry/Research & Development, Community, and Professionalism in the Field.
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program - Rutgers University
The program is intended for highly motivated undergraduates interested in a research career in the pharmaceutical and environmental sciences. Students are provided with an opportunity to conduct full-time research in areas related to Pharmacology and Toxicology, Environmental Health Sciences, Pharmaceutics, Medicinal Chemistry, Chemical Biology, and Clinical Pharmacy.
UM Profle For Success Pharmacy Program
The goal of this six-week residential program is to provide students with essential tools and information to help with the application process for pharmacy school.
Pre-Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy Resources
Local & Close-by PT/OT Offices
Volunteer Placement Opportunities within “Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation”
Briarwood Complex – MedRehab (Outpatient)
C.S. Mott Children's Hospital (Inpatient)
University Hospital (by special approval)
Summer Programs/Internships/Other Opportunities in PT/OT
GoGlobal! @ University of Michigan
GoGlobal! Center for Global Opportunities assists Kinesiology students in finding opportunities for international study, research, volunteerism, and internships.
College Student Internship Program
STAR Physical Therapy seeks to serve individuals who intend to become members of the PT/OT profession by offering a formal college internship program for current undergraduate students.
Health P.A.S.S. @ Des Moines University
Des Moines University’s Health Professions Advanced Summer Scholars Program – Health P.A.S.S. – is a great way to prepare for and enhance your chances of getting into medical or health professions school.
Pre-Occupational Therapy Summer Program: https://www.kgi.edu/academics/summer-programs/pre-occupational-therapy-program/
Pre-Enrollment Support Program @ Marquette University
The Pre-enrollment Support Program is a six-week summer experience that helps college students transition from pre-professional or undergraduate studies to Marquette's professional programs in dentistry, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and speech pathology and audiology.
Summer Academic Enrichment Program @ Virginia Commonwealth University
SAEP is an intensive, six-week inter-professional academic enrichment program located on the VCU Health Campus in Richmond, VA.
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
See website for list of participating universities.
Scribe Positions Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Practice in Southeast Michigan
Specialists in Rehabilitation Medicine (SIRM) occasionally seeks scribes to work with the practice’s physicians at their locations in Rochester Hills, Commerce Township and Bloomfield Hills in Southeast Michigan.
Physical Therapy Assistant Opportunities
(Majority of PTA positions require a minimum 2-year associate degree)
University of Michigan Health System
Michigan Emergency Medicine Club
MEMC combines hands on pre-health experience, academic and application advising, community service and social life.
Pre Physical & Occupational Therapy Club
Our mission is to foster a community of Pre-Physical Therapy students to establish support, resources, and assistance in the quest to enter the field of Physical Therapy.
Phi Epsilon Kappa
Phi Epsilon Kappa (PEK), is a professional co-ed fraternity for Kinesiology students, focusing on enhancing the awareness, benefit, and appreciation for health, physical education, and related fields.
Washtenaw Podiatry Group (Associates in Podiatry of Michigan)
For DPMs beyond the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area, tap the DPM Mentors Network.
Internships, Summer/Winter Programs, & Other Opportunities
California School of Podiatric Medicine's Podiatry Experience: Summer Enrichment Workshop
During the Podiatry Experience workshop, students will have a hands-on clinical day learning how to cast and suture, and sports medicine taping techniques.
Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine Pre-Professional Internship
Offered three times per year, the Pre-Professional Internship Program at KSUCPM is designed to provide insight into the many facets of podiatric medicine.
New York College of Podiatric Medicine Pre-Health Student Internship Program
These four-day opportunities in New York City will, not only provide you with a memorable experience, but our program is designed to give college students a solid overview of podiatric medicine and NYCPM.
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Summer and Winter Internship Programs
TUSPM offers a free, four-day winter internship program (WIP) in January or an eight-day summer internship program (SIP) in June for undergraduate students.
Health Department Washtenaw County
ALTARUM - Public Health Innovation Jobs/Internships
Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance
University of Michigan Future Public Health Leaders Program (UM FPHLP)
Big Data Summer Institute - A SIBS Program
Boston University Summer Institute for Research Education in Biostatistics (SIBS)
CDC Public Health Associates Program (PHAP)
Colorado School of Public Health: CoSIBS Summer Institute
Columbia University – Summer Public Health Scholars Program (SPHSP)
Iowa Summer Institute in Biostatistics
Johns Hopkins Diversity Summer Internship Program (DSIP)
Kennedy Krieger Institute James A. Ferguson Emerging Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
Kennedy Krieger Institute MCHC/RISE-UP
Morehouse College – Project IMHOTEP
UCLA Public Health Scholars Training Program
LA’s Biostatistics Education Summer Training program at USC
Vanderbilt University Medical System Program for LGBTQ Health
Washington University Institute for Public Health Summer Research Program
National Websites for Job and Internships
Public Health Jobs
Emory Rollins School of Public Health Job Board
Local Animal Experiences
Bird Center of Washtenaw County
Committed to aiding birds, wildlife, and the environment through public education and organization dedicated to the care of injured and orphaned wild birds.
Crafty Cat Rescue
No kill refuge for stray, abused, and neglected animals. Through the use of foster housing, we shelter between 50-75 cats, as well as a limited number of other small pets.
Great Lakes Rabbit Sanctuary
Provides a safe haven for abandoned, abused, and neglected animals.
Humane Society of Huron Valley
Leslie Science and Nature Center
Local Veterinary Clinics/Hospitals
Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners
ULAM (Unit of Laboratory Animal Medicine)
Adventures in Veterinary Medicine @ Tufts
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts
A fun and engaging career exploration program providing a deeper understanding of the veterinary profession and the demands of veterinary school.
Enrichment Summer Program @ MSU
College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Scholars Summer Research Program @ Purdue University
Fellowships offer veterinary and undergraduate students the opportunity to work on independent research projects with a faculty mentor and explore non-practice careers.
A collaborative program directed by Drs. Robert Bartlett and Keith Cook, the laboratory focuses on cardiac and pulmonary physiology, pulmonary pathophysiology, and bioengineering specific to extracorporeal circulation and related devices. Facilities are available for small and large animal physiology studies including acute and sterile operating rooms along with support for a variety of whole animal and biomedical engineering studies.
Select Sires Veterinarian Internship
Open to all individuals (grad and undergrad) interested in Food Animal Medicine. Emphasis on herd health, preventative medicine heavily weighted toward export, biosecurity and individual animal health. Intern will help with sample collection, physical exams, reproductive exams, treatment of bulls and export paperwork. A broad overview of the A.I. industry will also be provided.
Seneca Park Zoo's Pre-Vey Internship
Familiarize an academically qualified, pre-veterinary college student with exotic animal medicine and conservation by:
- Completing a retrospective or cross-sectional research project jointly identified between the student and Dr. Wyatt (10 hours per week)
- Assisting and observing the veterinary staff with implementation of the Zoo’s preventive medicine program including clinical rounds, chemical immobilizations, quarantine procedures, necropsies, diagnostic techniques and surgeries (20 hours per week)
- Rotating through all of the Zoo’s animal care areas and learning husbandry practices for and normal behavior of animals including marine mammals, penguins, primates, elephants, carnivores, birds and reptiles (10 hours per week)
Staten Island Zoo Internship Program
Provides great learning experiences for interns while continuing an exceptionally high level of care for our zoo animals.
Research & Study Abroad Opportunities
Small project situated in central South Africa in a town called Bloemfontein where we are home to cheetahs, lions, leopards, servals, caracals, African wildcats, wolves, meerkats and a tiger.
Harnas Wildlife Foundation
Originally established for the protection of animals, the foundation has since grown to include welfare projects and nature conservation projects. Visitors to Harnas can enjoy quality and comfortable accommodation with a range of hospitality, whilst a range of programs attracts volunteers from across the globe.
International Student Volunteers Wildlife Conservation Programs
Protect endangered species with hands-on research, nurture and rescue wildlife projects.
Plum Island Animal Disease Center Research Participation Program
Qualified researchers participate in current research activities aimed at developing advanced technologies and countermeasures against foreign animal diseases.
Assisting professional vets and staff at clinics with routine treatments and caring for animals at specialized centers by helping with feeding, cleaning, maintenance, and behavior observation.
Vets in the Wild
The focus areas of this course are: Sustainable resource utilization, Wildlife diseases, Animal rehabilitation, Game capture techniques and Veterinary care in rural areas.
Other Internship Opportunities
- Animal Welfare Information Center
- AVMA Career Center
- FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine
- USDA Center for Veterinary Biologics
- Underrepresented No More is an interactive, multimedia website of resources for all pre-vet students
- See also compilation of resources put together by the Duke Pre-Veterinary Society.