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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.

As a pre-health student, it is important to gain experience in research. Being in the Chicago area, DePaul students 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.

DePaul at this time does not have any shadowing opportunities. Please see below for opportunities outside of DePaul.

Shadowing - Where to Begin: 

1. Start by asking your personal doctors or healthcare provder if he or she would be willing to be shadowed. If not, ask if they can recommend another practitioner.

2. Call the local professional school programs to see if they have alumni who would be interested in being shadowed.

3. Call around to local  clinics.

4. Ask your friends, classmates, parent's friends, or professors if their dentist might be willing to shadow.

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.

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

For students who have trouble finding opportunities to shadow in a clinical setting, the AAMC website includes five alternatives to consider.