Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Student Experience Program Overview

The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) offers internships, externships (shadowing), and informational interviews for interested undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. The purpose of the Student Experience program is to provide students the opportunity to apply certain competencies acquired in the classroom to a workplace environment, under the direction of a health department employee.

Students may perform work that is directly related to their academic field or in an area of study in which they have an interest. The student must have permission from their institution before participating in this program, and the student’s educational institution must have a signed agreement with the DCHD for all student experiences. Students participating in this program will:

  • Use academic training to tackle real-world public health issues
  • Gain knowledge of the DuPage County Health Department programs and services
  • Receive hands-on training and/or participation
  • Network with working professionals in their area of interest
  • Find opportunities to explore careers while building on their academic studies

For current students interested in internships through the Student Experience Program, please complete this Student Experience Interest application. Questions about internships or any other inquiries, including externships (shadowing) and informational interviews, can be directed to [email protected].

Student Experience Handbook

Volunteer Opportunities

The DuPage County Health Department offers volunteer opportunities through the DCHD Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) unit. DCHD MRC volunteers will have opportunities to improve local emergency response capabilities, reduce potential public health risks and build community preparedness and resiliency. If you are interested in becoming a DCHD MRC volunteer, please visit DCHD MRC for more information and to apply.

If you are interested in volunteering to work with clients who visit the Community Center, please contact the staff at NAMI DuPage. For additional volunteer opportunities, please visit Giving DuPage, an organization dedicated to promoting giving and volunteerism opportunities in DuPage County.

Last Updated: 8/14/2023