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Volunteering, Shadowing, and Leadership Opportunities

Volunteering, shadowing, student research​, internships, enrichment programs, study abroad and other experiential learning opportunities are important aspects of your pre-professional preparation. Furthermore, graduate health professions programs expect competitive applicants to have demonstrated leadership experience, both on-campus and off-campus.  Below are some links and suggestions to help you get started.

For more information on shadowing, volunteering, and internships please contact the Career Center's​ (located in SAC 192) College of Science and Health representative at 773-325-7431 to schedule an appointment. Additional opportunities will be promoted via Handshake​ - the Career Center’s full service online recruiting system to search for and apply for industry positions and internship opportunities​.


Student Research

As a pre-health student, it is important to gain experience in research. Being in the Chicago area, DePaul student​s have access to a variety of research opportunities both on and off campus. If you are interested in learning more about research opportunities please see our Undergraduate Research Webpage.


At DePaul Univeristy the Pre-Health Program​ has a very selective Shadowing Program. The Shadowing Program is intended to provide current DePaul​​ students who lack connections with Chicagoland or home-based practitioners. If interested in being a part of the Shadowing Program, please email Please note: In order for DePaul students to be eligible for the Shadowing Program, they must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA and a minimum of a 3.00 science GPA.

Students are also able to access the Alumni Sharing Knowledge Network ​(ASK). This network of alumni and friends serve as career mentors, working with students one-on-one. The mentors provide services such as informational interviews, shadowing, practice interviews, and more. 

Chiropractic Shadowing: If you are interested in shadowing a chiropractor, contact an admissions representative at your local chiropractic school. The admissions representative may be able to set up a shadowing opportunity with local alumni.

Nurse Shadowing: Clinical Nurse Leader Association: Request a mentor or job shadow opportunity

​​Optometry Shadowing: If you are interested in shadowing an optometrist, contact the admissions office of the Illinois College of Optometry​. The admissions representative may be able to schedule a shadowing opportunity with local alumni.

Pathologists' Assistant Shadowing: American Association of Pathologists' Assistant (AAPA) Job Shadow Request Form

Podiatry Shadowing: American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine - Contact a Mentor