Clinical Opportunities

Disclaimer: The listings here are provided as a benefit and a resource to students. Brown does not endorse or promote any particular third party entity’s program. The linked opportunities will take you to the third party provider’s website where you can obtain information about the specific program. You can then determine on your own whether you are eligible and interested in applying or participating.

The majority of hospitals and clinics require HIPAA training of their volunteers. The volunteer offices of these institutions conduct the training which typically involves an orientation (usually monthly) a drug test, tuberculosis test, a review of your vaccination record, and a criminal background check. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has compiled a useful guide to HIPAA orientation. Every volunteer office manages the training a bit differently.  To make the most of your experience as a volunteer, learn about the duties you would perform at different hospitals or clinics, plan your volunteer training early in your college education and participate regularly over an extended period of time. Most volunteer offices would expect 2-5 hours of your time per week. Schedules vary so you have flexibility. 

As a certified volunteer at a hospital or clinic you can reach out to various clinicians to observe their work more closely. While shadowing clinicians is generally something you would do sporadically, it can enrich your perspective on different fields and different approaches to clinical practice. This can be a valuable complement to your longer-term volunteer commitments but you should plan for this to be just one component of your clinical engagement and career exploration. 

Providence and Rhode Island

Providence--Butler Hospital                                                                                       
A psychiatric and substance abuse hospital for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors

Providence--Rhode Island Hospital
RI’s largest hospital which provides comprehensive medical care

Providence--Hasbro Children's Hospital
A hospital that provides a wide range of pediatric medical services

Providence--Miriam Hospital Volunteer Services
A community general hospital with a full range of diagnostic and treatment services

Providence--Roger Williams Medical Center
A  medical and surgical hospital located in Providence, RI

Providence--Veterans Administration Hospital 

A hospital for comprehensive outpatient and inpatient health care to area veterans

Providence--Brown University Emergency Medical Services
The Brown community EMT unit for basic and advanced life support care and transfer 

Providence--Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island
RI’s largest and most comprehensive provider of hospice and palliative care

Providence & Newport--Rhode Island Free Clinic
facility dedicated to serving uninsured and under-insured RI residents

Providence--Rhode Island Hospital Foreign Language Translating in a Medical Setting. Contact the volunteer office at Rhode Island Hospital for more information.

Providence--Women & Infants Hospital
A leading speciality hospital for women and newborns

Warwick--Kent Hospital
A medical and surgical hospital located in Warwick, RI

Woonsocket--Landmark Medical Center
A medical and surgical hospital located in Woonsocket, RI

Care New England Volunteer Program

Boston Area and Massachusetts

Needham--Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Newton--Newton Wellesley Hospital

Boston--Brigham and Women's Hospital, Medical Career Exploration Program

Boston--South Cove Community Health Center

Malden--Sharewood Free Health Care Clinic

Martha's Vineyard--Camp Jabberwocky
Summer camp for children and adults with disabilities


Hartford--Hartford Hospital, Summer Student Pre-Med and Reserach Programs

Ashford--The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
A camp for seriously ill children and their families

New York City Area and New Jersey

New York City--Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Health Career Opportunity Program

New York City--Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

New York City--Project Health Care at Bellevue Hospital

Westchester County, NY--Four Winds Hospitals

Hempstead, NY--Summer Premedical Program for College Students, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

Piscataway, NJ--Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Summer Clinical Internship Program

Other Locations

Multiple Locations (Boston, NYC, California)--Health Career Connection Internships

Multiple Locations--Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Los Angeles County, CA--Venice Family Clinic

Philadelphia, PA--College Volunteer Program at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Cincinnati, OH--University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Summer Programs

Houston, TX--Michael E. DeBakey Summer Surgery Program, Baylor College of Medicine

Nashville, TN--Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy - Clinical Research Internship Program

NIH National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus Clinician and Hospital Directories