Volunteer/Healthcare Career Exploration Opportunities
Life Beyond the Courses
Making sure you have developed an informed understanding of the health profession you seek to enter is an important aspect of the career exploration process. Ideally, your understanding is based on extensive and meaningful clinical experience in a healthcare setting such as shadowing medical professionals, volunteering with patients, or employment in a healthcare field. In addition to confirming your interest in the field, health professions schools are interested in students who have demonstrated compassion and empathy through volunteer activities. Cooperation, organization, self-discipline, tolerance, increased empathy and confidence are just a few of the areas where students will benefit from volunteering. Most health programs will value a long period of involvement with depth over a breadth of experiences.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Mpls)
North Memorial (Mpls)
Regions Hospital (St. Paul)
St. Joseph Hospital (St. Paul)
Children's Minnesota offers several job shadowing opportunities for individuals interested in exploring healthcare fields.
Children's Dental Services is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive oral health care and education across Minnesota. Internships offer opportunities for students to shadow dentists, create and present oral health outreach in classrooms and community locations, provide administrative support to Public Health Assistants to become familiar with the general operations of a non-profit clinic.