College of Science and Health > Student Resources > Office of Advising & Student Services > Pre-Health Advising > 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.
The Career Center has the tools and resources to help students prepare for and find the right opportunities for internships.
University of Colorado - MD, DO, PA, and Nurse Pracitioner
Physical Therapy Virtual Shadowing
Pre-Med Virtual Shadowing
Physician Assistant Virtual Shadowing
Zooniverse - People Powered Research
Family Rescue - Domestic Violence Crisis Line
The Trevor Project - LGBTQ Crisis Intervention Services
IMALIVE - Crisis Intervention Hotline
National Runaway Safeline - Teen Crisis Hotline
Crisis Text Line
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
COVID Tutor.Live - Online Tutoring
Amnesty Decorder - Help Researcher Sift through pictures, information and documents
UPchieve - Tutoring
Smithsonian Digital Volunteering
Student Clubs and Organizations
DePaul organizations related to pre-health/wellness that are active:
DePaul organizations related to the sciences that are active:
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.