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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.

Local Chicago Hospitals:


·        Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

·        Northwestern Memorial Hospital


·        Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

·        Weiss Memorial Hospital

·        Swedish Hospital

·        AMITA Saint Joseph Chicago

·        Thorek Memorial Hospital


·        Advocate Trinity Hospital

·        University of Chicago Medicine

·        Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

·        Sinai Chicago Wentworth

West Side

·        Rush University Medical Center

·        AMITA Saints Mary and Elizabeth

·        Shriners Hospital for Children - Chicago

·        Humboldt Park Health

·        University of Illinois Hospital

·        John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Suburban Hospitals

North Suburbs

·        NorthShore Hospice Care

·        Evanston Hospital – 847.570.2711

·        Glenbrook Hospital – 847-657-5621

·        Skokie Hospital – 847-933-6544

·        Highland Park Hospital – 847-933-6544

·        Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center

·        OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

South Suburbs

·        OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center

·        UChicago – Ingalls Memorial Hopsital

·        Franciscan Health - Hammond

·        Rush Oak Park Hospital

West Suburbs

·        Rush Copley Medical Center

·        Rush Oak Park Hospital

·        Loyola University Medical Center Hospice Volunteer

·        Loyola University Medical Center

·        Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans Affairs Hospital

Local Community Clinics:

·        Old Irving Park Community Clinic

·        Community Health

·        Bridgeport Free Clinic

·        Denny Community Health Center

·        Howard Brown Health

·        Chicago Women’s Health Center

·        Lawndale Christian Health Center

·        Port Ministries

·        Asian Human Services

·        Puerto Rican Cultural Center

·        The Boulevard

·        Ronald McDonald House

·        Lurie Cancer Center

·        Access

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.

Domestic Violence Support

·        A Safe Haven

·        Sarah’s Circle

·        Deborah’s Place

·        WINGS

·        Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC)

·        National Domestic Violence Hotline

HIV/AIDS Outreach

·        AIDS Foundation Chicago

·        Chicago Women’s Aids Project

Anti-Poverty/Public Health

·        Project C.U.R.E

·        Albany Park Community Center

·        Erie Neighborhood House

·        Casa Esperanza

·        Good News Partners

·        Casa Central

·        Primo Center

·        Cook County Medical Reserve Corps

·        Chicago Care


Release Programs (formerly incarcerated)

·        Safer Foundation


·        Habitat for Humanity

·        Lincoln Park Community Shelter

·        Franciscan Outreach

·        Cornerstone Community Outreach

·        The Boulevard – has a medical component

·        North Side Housing and Supportive Services

·        Pacific Garden Mission

·        The Night Ministry – has healthcare component

Food Insecurity

·        Greater Chicago Food Depository

·        Lakeview Pantry

·        Common Pantry

·        New Hope Community Food Pantry


- See hospital and clinics section

Youth and Family

·        Minds Matter Chicago

·        Tutoring Chicago

·        Literacy Chicago

·        Connecting Chicago

·        Chicago Public Schools

·        Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

·        Children’s Home & Aid

·        Youth Outreach Services

·        Youth and Opportunity United

·        I-mentor

·        Big Brother Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

Vision Support

·        The Chicago Lighthouse

·        Be my Eyes

·        Blind Service Association

Cancer Support

·        Gilda’s Club Chicago

·        Imerman Angels

·        Sister’s Chicago Chapter

·        Be the Match

·        Camp Kesem

·        Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care

·        Ronald McDonald House

Elderly Support

·        Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly

·        Meals on Wheels

·        Chicago Methodist Senior Services

·        Sunrise Senior Living

·        The Selfhelp Home

Immigrant Services

·        World Relief Chicagoland

·        Heartland Alliance

·        Refugee One

·        Girl Forward

·        Centro Romero

Cultural/Community Volunteer Opportunities

·        Chicago Cultural Alliance

·        Dank House – German American Cultural Center

·        Rohingya Culture Center

·        Korean Cultural Center of Chicago

·        CAIR Chicago

·        Hana Center

·        Trikone Chicago

·        Arab American Action Network

·        Cambodian Association of Illinois

·        Chinese Mutual Aid

·        Indo-American Center

·        Syrian Community Network

·        United African Organization

·        Vietnamese Association of Illinois

Mental Health

·        National Crisis Support

·        Suicide Prevention Lifeline

·        RAINN

·        National Runaway Safeline

·        Military Helpline

·        YouthLine

·        Crisis Text Line

·        ImAlive

Museum Volunteering

·        Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

·        Field Museum

·        Museum of Science and Industry

·        International Museum of Surgical Sciences

·        Art Institute of Chicago

·        Chicago History Museum

·        Adler Planetarium

Environmental Volunteering

·        Alliance for the Great Lakes

·        Lincoln Park Conservatory

·        The Morton Arboretum

·        The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center


·        Children’s Research Triangle

·        Integrative Neuromodulation MRI Research

·        Mount Sinai Research Volunteer Program

·        Chicago Botanic Garden Research Volunteer Opportunities

·        Field Museum

·        University of Chicago Hospitalist Project

·        Cultivating Health & Aging Research by Integrating Science, Medicine and Aging



Virtual Shadowing Opportunities: 

Medical School Virtual Shadowing







·        Podcast: Black Men in White Coats:

Occupational Therapy Virtual Shadowing


Password: LucasQU


Physician Assistant Virtual Shadowing


Dental Virtual Shadowing

·        Instragram:  @dentalshadowers or

Multiple Healthcare Fields (Physical Therapy, Nursing, Dental, PA, Vet, etc.)


Virtual Volunteering Opportunites: 

·        Chicago Scholars Mentors

·        American Red Cross

·        ElderHelpers.Org

·        Minds Matter Chicago

·        Bookshare

·        Learning Ally

·        Translators without Borders

·        Upchieve

·        Soldier’s Angels

·        Amnesty Decoders

·        OpenMRS

·        Tarjimly

·        VocaliD

·        Smithsonian Digital Volunteer Program

·        Zooniverse

·        ImAlive – Crisis Intervention Hotline

·        National Runaway Safeline

·        Crisis Text Line

·        Suicide Prevention Lifeline

·        Covid Tutor

·        Be My Eyes

·        Tuesday’s Children

·        By the People

·        Missing Maps

·        DOROT


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 if they would be willing to be shadowed or could recommend another practitioner.

2. Ask your friends, classmates, parent's friends, or professors if they have a connection that might be willing to shadow.

3. Utilize the DePaul network and check to see if there are alumni on ASK (Alumni Sharing Knowledge) that you could potentially shadow. 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. 

4. Reach out to local medical clinics to see if they would be open to you shadowing a practitioner.

Speech Language Pathology Shadowing: Students who wish to pursue SLP can take a 4 credit SLP 101 course at DePaul and gain 5 hours of shadowing experience. 

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.

Pathologist's Assistant: Student's can contact RFUMS graduate school admissions ( for help locating shadowing experiences. 

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

Virtual Shadowing Opportunities: 

Medical School Virtual Shadowing







·        Podcast: Black Men in White Coats:

Occupational Therapy Virtual Shadowing


Password: LucasQU


Physician Assistant Virtual Shadowing


Dental Virtual Shadowing

·        Instragram:  @dentalshadowers or

Multiple Healthcare Fields (Physical Therapy, Nursing, Dental, PA, Vet, etc.)


For students with LinkedIn Account: Go to DePaul University - Alumni and search profession: ex: physician. 

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