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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. We currently have the following practitioners willing to allow students to shadow: physicians, physican assistants, podiatrists, dentists, veterinarian, nurse, physical therapists, and occupational therapist. 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 sophomore status and 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

Medicine Shadowing: The Pre-Health Program has a shadowing opportunity during Winter and Summer Break at the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute. For more information please setup an appointment with the pre-health advisor by calling 773-325-8490 or scheduling an appointment online through BlueStar.

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