Gaining Experience

Gaining Experience

Why is this important?

Experiences such as shadowing, volunteering, and participating in campus/community events or research are very critical components of your preparation as a health professional.  Please consider the following opportunities.  .

Clinical Volunteering Opportunities

Internship and Summer Program Opportunities

  • UCLA Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) - Residential Six Week Summer Enrichment Program (tuition, room and board, and meals paid for by the program) developed for freshmen and sophomore college students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.  Amissions is on a rolling basis, so apply early to increase your chances of being selected at your preferred program site
  • UCLA Pre-med/Pre-dental Enrichment Program (UCLA PREP) - Non Residential Six Week program designed to provide premedical and predental students from disadvantaged backgrounds with a means of strengthening their ability and readiness to study medicine or dentistry

Non-Profit Organizations

  • American Cancer Society - Join the fight to cure cancer! Flexible scheduling, learn new skills, and select from volunteer positions that match your interests.
  • Coach Art - creates a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness.

Research Opportunities



Need Help Finding Organizations? 

It can be overwhelming trying to narrow down experiences that might be a good fit!  Try looking through sites such as Volunteer Match to help you see what it out there for you.  There are plenty of organizations that depend on volunteers like you.

Please note: we are growing this page! Keep checking back for more opportunities and ways to gain experience.