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.

Aquarium of the Pacific Internship (offered Fall, Spring, and Summer) Our internships are typically offered in the fall, spring and summer and we accept applications year round. All applicants should be organized, self-motivated, and have excellent people skills. All internship positions are on a voluntary basis only; we do not offer paid intern positions. Housing and transportation are the responsibility of the candidate.

Arlington Animal Hospital We strive to provide the highest level of veterinary care to our patients and their family, in a compassionate and professional environment. To accomplish this, our doctors and staff continually seek improvement through continued education, seminars, conventions and our staff meets regularly to discuss and implement new treatments, ideas, and procedures. We recognize the significant relationship between humans and animals, called the human-animal bond, and we strive to support all aspects of this bond recognizing that both the needs of our animal patients and human clients must be addressed simultaneously. Our ultimate goal is to provide you and your pet with the knowledge and care you need to foster a long, happy, and healthy relationship together.
○ Contact Brittany Joswiak -

 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.

Mary S. Roberts The Mary S. Roberts Pet Adoption Center strives to eliminate the suffering of homeless cats and dogs by providing humane care for pets in transition, facilitating adoptions to good homes, supporting pet overpopulation education, and supporting sterilization of companion animals.
○ Contact the Volunteer Services Manager (Meggan Dowd) -

 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 healthcare to the local Riverside community. 

Riverside County Department of Animal Services There are so many great reasons to volunteer. Meet new people, experience the satisfaction of community service, develop new skills, and acquire work experience for future endeavors.Our volunteers improve the welfare of our shelter animals by walking the dogs, brushing and petting the cats, by giving a dirty doggy a bath, making a kitty a new bed to sleep in, reading to a dog, plus much more.

Riverside Cat Hospital Cat veterinarian serving Riverside, Corona, Redlands, and surrounding communities. The only feline-exclusive veterinary hospital in the Inland Empire. We pride ourselves on our high quality, a low-stress environment that only a feline exclusive hospital can offer. With a cozy home-style hospital, both you and your cat feel right at home during your visits.
○ Contact Louise - (951) 7855287

SoCal Equine Hospital (volunteer)  At, Southern California Equine Hospital, we understand that the relationship between a person and their horse is extremely special. People need and want a place they trust to put the needs and care of their horse first. At SoCal Equine Hospital, we understand that, and offer a full surgical and medical facility that provides cutting edge and progressive technologies for diagnosis and treatment in any situation. Working with you to help your horse feel better, perform better and stay healthier. We know that managing your horse is a team effort and we would like to be part of that team, whether in a supporting role to assist your veterinarian through consultations, emergency assistance, shared technologies, and advanced surgical or medical procedures or as your primary veterinarian.○ Contact Dr. Garloff -  (951) 7371615

The Pets Place (shadow) With more than 30 years of experience, The Pets Place Animal Hospital has learned what it means to provide truly exceptional service. It starts with putting patients and clients first. When you come through our doors, you’re more than a name on a list. You are a valued member of our team. Your pet’s health care will always be thorough and customized to meet his or her needs. We always focus on enriching the quality of every exam.○ Contact (951) 6842181

Woodcrest Vet Clinic (shadow/volunteer) Woodcrest Veterinary Clinic is proud to serve the Riverside CA area for everything pet related.  Our veterinary clinic and animal hospital is run by Dr. Michael Andrews, who is a licensed, experienced Riverside veterinarian. Our team is committed to educating our clients on how to keep your pets healthy year round, with good nutrition and exercise.  Woodcrest Veterinary Clinic stays on top of the latest advances in veterinarian technology and above all, remembers that all animals and pets need to be treated with loving care in every check-up, procedure, or surgery. ○ Contact - (951) 7803250





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