University of California, Riverside

Health Professions Advising Center

Off Campus and Community Opportunities

  American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year and is recruiting volunteers to provide services during disasters.

 COPE Health Scholar is designed to give pre-health students unprecedented access to direct patient care experience in the hospital setting. The CCE Program is designed to be a rigorous year-long internship, during which time you will learn a lot about the field of health care and will learn a lot about yourself in the process. Popular locations for UCR students include Riverside Community Hospital, and Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina.

 Cross Cultural Solutions  provides volunteer abroad opportunities, international internships, and gap year programs for individuals and/or groups in 10 countries around the world (Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, Ghana, Tanzania, South Africa, Morocco, India, and Thailand). Check out the website to learn how you can become involved, and learn about the CCS difference. This Changes Everything!

Future Physician Leaders is a community-based collaborative effort started in 2009 by Dr. Raul Ruiz, Emergency Medicine Physician at Eisenhower Medical Center and Senior Associate Dean of Community Engagement and Partnership at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) School of Medicine. It is a long term mentorship program for students interested to fulfill a mission of service to the community. There is a summer internship component to the program as well. The program combines lecture, research, and community service to educate and serve the Inland Empire communities.

Health Science Partnership (HSP) is a collaborative effort between the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine and area high schools. The program received its initial funding through the National Schools-to-Career Program and continues with departmental support from the School of Medicine and the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Grants Program.  University medical students, graduate students, and undergraduate health science students of all levels mentor high school students in an effort to enhance the pathway for students who aspire to and are prepared for medical careers. 

 International Service Learning provides educational opportunities for students to learn about and provide services in developing countries, including working in teams for medicine, dentistry, optometry, public health, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Loma Linda University Medical Center is a large hospital located in nearby Loma Linda, California that offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. Loma Linda University Medical Center is a teaching hospital and students interested in all health professions will have the opportunity to meet students, faculty, and clinical staff while volunteering. A quick drive from Riverside, Loma Linda University is a great opportunity for students looking to see the multiple health disciplines working together in a large setting.

 National Association of Community Health Centers is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to expanding health care access for America's medically underserved through the community based health model.

 National Health Service Corps is a unique group of dedicated and caring clinicians providing primary health care to adults and children in the communities of greatest need across the Nation by helping medically underserved communities recruit and retain primary care clinicians, including dental and mental and behavioral health professionals, to serve the community.

 National Rural Health Association The National Rural Health Association is the voice of rural health, promoting leadership, communication, education, research, and advocacy. The NRHA is an association dedicated strictly to rural health and encompasses many professions.

 Operation Smile is a worldwide children's medical charity that currently supports international and local, in-country medical missions to 26 countries. Operation Smile has student programs and campus student organizations.

 Peace Corps was founded to help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, to promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of people served and a better understanding of others by Americans. Volunteers work in education, youth outreach, and community development; business development; agriculture and environment; health and HIV/AIDS; and information technology.

 Project Hope works to make health care available for people around the globe - especially children by educating health professionals and volunteers, providing medicines and supplies, strengthening health facilities, training community health workers, and fighting communicable diseases such as TB and AIDS. Volunteers work with ongoing programs or can be part of disaster relief teams.

  Projects Abroad helps some of the neediest people and poorest resourced medical institutions in the third world. Student volunteers are involved in the day-to-day running of hospitals and clinics, observing or directly assisting doctors and nurses. Opportunities are available in numerous countries with projects in medicine, physical therapy, nursing, dentistry, occupational therapy and veterinary medicine.

Riverside Free Clinic is a nonprofit organization that provides free interdisciplinary health and wellness care to the underserved population of the Inland Empire while providing an effective training environment for future healthcare professionals and leaders dedicated to serving the Inland Empire. Students work alongside physicians, pharmacists, dentists, medical students, pharmacy students, and dental students as they provide free health care to the local Riverside community. 



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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Health Professions Advising Center
Rivera Library B03

Tel: (951) 827-6233

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