Puentes de Salud relies on the diverse skills of the volunteer staff who develop and implement our clinical, educational and research programs. Our comprehensive strategy for improving the health of the South Philadelphia Latino community draws on volunteers from many disciplines, including medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry, psychology, law, education, and visual arts. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with Puentes de Salud, please see the volunteer options below. Contact us with any questions at volunteer@puentesdesalud.org.

Clinic Opportunities

Puentes de Salud attracts more than 200 active student and faculty volunteers from eleven colleges and universities throughout the Philadelphia region. This interdisciplinary group learns about important issues in Latino health firsthand through supervised volunteer work at the clinic.

Professional Volunteers

If you are a provider, physician, nurse, NP, PhD, social worker, or a professional in a field related to our work and would like to volunteer please contact us at volunteer@puentesdesalud.org

Medical or Nursing Students

Clinical 1: The Clinical 1 position provides a great opportunity for medical students (MS1 and MS2) and nursing students to gain experience shadowing a provider and learning how to conduct a patient interview.

Clinical 2: The Clinical 2 position provides advanced nursing and medical students (MS3 and MS4) with the opportunity of conducting the majority of a patient interview. These students may lead a patient interview, perform a physical exam, and learn how to report back to the provider with their findings.

To apply for Clinical 1 or Clinical 2 please email volunteer@puentesdesalud.org

Clinic Student Coordinators

Puentes de Salud has developed a highly organized student coordinator structure comprising graduate, professional, undergraduate, public health, medical, and nursing students. Student coordinators fill 6 positions that manage communication, clinic volunteers and interns, general volunteers, community engagement and complex care.  All coordinators attend clinic every 2-3 weeks and complete at least 2 shifts per month ​to help organize patient and volunteer flow, manage patient records, and assist with educational/community programming.​  ​While there are tremendous rewards, and many opportunities for patient contact in all of these roles, the success of the Puentes Clinic requires a significant amount of time managing, administrative responsibilities, and engaging in good communication habits with fellow coordinators and staff.

Eligibility & Requirements: Coordinator positions are available to highly responsible and independent graduate, medical, and nursing students.  Bachelor’s degree required. Microsoft proficiency required. A minimum of a one-year service term January – December is required. Preference is given to current and previous Puentes volunteers. Note each position may have additional requirements.

Application: Positions are limited and competitive, please apply early. Applications are sent out each Fall. Interviews occur each November/December to begin the following January. You may choose up to two preferred roles in your application, final position is assigned. Please email student.chair@puentesdesalud.org for an application.

Student Coordinator Positions Include:

  • Fluency in Spanish is required
  • Assists in development of case management programs for complex case patients identified by Puentes providers
  • Supervises a cohort of volunteers in provision of individual outreach and follow-up care projects
  • Works in direct partnership with Puentes’ Clinical Nurse Liaison and Director of Medical Education to meet the health system navigation needed by patients
  • Maintains an evaluation of programs and health centers that our patient population utilizes
  • Serves as patient navigator/interpreter/advocate while at reference centers
  • Fluency in Spanish is required
  • Manages Puentes’ social media presence (Facebook, twitter, website)
  • Creates and manages newsletters, which should be shared on a quarterly basis
  • Disseminates information within the Puentes community in a timely manner
  • Maintains close contact with Nurse Liaison, Medical Directors, and Managing Director as these are the contacts who will approve the sharing of sensitive information
  • Maintains and updates Puentes databases. This will involve learning about Puentes’ programs, services, partnerships and will ensure appropriate contact and operational information is available for Puentes team reference
  • Fluency in Spanish is required
  • Is responsible for organizing and/or helping Promotoras with community outreach events
  • Organizes targeted outreach efforts or creates new opportunities to strengthen our presence in the community by taking on special projects
  • Organizes team coherence building activities
  • Recruits and trains volunteers for events
  • Is responsible for sustaining our ongoing clinic and community-based projects. These include community nutrition classes, diabetes patient management, and patient satisfaction surveys
  • Fluency in Spanish is required
  • Is responsible for our internal educational program development
  • Recruits volunteers to give patient information sessions in clinic waiting room
  • Oversees development of new charlas and improvement of existing charlas
  • Oversees the charla archives and maintains the charla google account
  • Is responsible for coordinating waiting room talks from other organizations
  • Stays in touch with representatives from various organizations
  • Spanish not required
  • Holds responsibility for recruiting and training new student volunteers (e.g. interns and clinic volunteers)
  • Responds to emails from interested volunteers
  • Keeps track of who is qualified for what roles based on clinical skill and Spanish fluency
  • Communicates with organizations, community members, and other schools for training
  • Provides supervision and mentorship for volunteers
  • Spanish not required
  • Ensures that enough volunteers and providers staff the clinic during active shifts
  • Sends intern schedules and weekly reminders to interns, volunteers, and providers
  • Works closely with Nurse Liaison and Senior Clinic Administrator to identify special needs and appointments at the clinic
  • Manages issues regarding clinic equipment, paperwork, and facilities
  • Is responsible for communication between directors of clinic and the larger Puentes community – manages email listserv, contacts, and sends announcements

Clinic Intake and Vitals

Academic Year Internships (September – May), Summer (May – August)

The purpose of these positions is to expose students to innovative non-profit health and wellness models. This position gives students an active role in the process of patient care through In-take and Vitals.  The intern will work closely with healthcare professionals and medical students. This position provides valuable mentorship for students considering or preparing for health professions. Students will gain insight and understanding of the clinical and social determinants of health impacting the South Philadelphia community

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Academic Year Internships (September – May), Summer (May – August)

The purpose of these positions is to expose students to innovative non-profit health and wellness models. This position gives students an active role in the process of patient care through In-take and Vitals.  The intern will work closely with healthcare professionals and medical students. This position provides valuable mentorship for students considering or preparing for health professions. Students will gain insight and understanding of the clinical and social determinants of health impacting the South Philadelphia community.

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Escolares de Salud Program

Academic Year (September – May). The Puentes de Salud Escolares Program is designed to provide current and future health care professionals with the tools they need to better understand and serve under-resourced communities both locally and globally.  Although the content of this program is primarily focused on gaining knowledge and insight into the South Philadelphia Latin American immigrant community, participants in the program will also gain a broader understanding of how social, cultural and environmental factors influence disease, health, and well being.This course will focus on the theoretical and practical study of the social determinants of health and provide participants with the tools to improve their understanding of the community and their interactions with patients.

Eligibility & Requirements: The Puentes de Salud Escolares de Salud Program is open to all Puentes de Salud volunteers regardless of their academic or career levels, including volunteers from the clinic and tutoring programs. Interested applicants should apply via the Escolares de Salud Program Application. To request an application, please contact Sara Shuman at sara.shuman@puentesdesalud.org

Wellness Opportunities

Early Childcare Volunteers

Our wellness programs offer families the opportunity to take advantage of programming while their children participate in enriching activities. We strongly believe that barriers to childcare should not be an obstacle for families. Our volunteers are crucial to the success and effectiveness of our programs. Early Childcare volunteers will have the opportunity to take an active role in the care and development of children while their parents are on-site and attending a class or workshop.

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Art & Culture Volunteers

Art contributes to the holistic mission of Puentes de Salud by promoting healing through expression and storytelling. The art coordinator and volunteers will work with the artist, children, adolescents, and families to explore culture, identity, empowerment and much more through art.

Art and Culture Program Coordinator

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Art Program Volunteer

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Education Program Opportunities

We seek highly motivated individuals from all backgrounds to serve as Tutors/mentors, and Team Leaders in our After-School Program, Summer Camp, and Early Childhood Education Program. Puentes de Salud’s education branch, Puentes Hacia el Futuro, is predicated upon the well-evidenced fact that education is inextricably tied to the health of individuals and communities. Interns will have the unparalleled opportunity to work and to learn at the intersection of social justice, migration, community and urban education in a community-based environment. Interns will be able to build close relationships with our students and work closely as part of our team. Students may use this work to fulfill academic field work, internship, or independent study.

Tutor Internship

After-School Program Academic Year (September – May). The Tutor Internship at Puentes allows students a dynamic experience with students and families in South Philadelphia. Tutoring sessions pair tutors/mentors in small groups with children in grades K-8. While the program focuses on literacy, many academic, social, and cultural topics, activities and events are explored throughout the year. This internship is available to a highly accomplished and responsible college or graduate student or recent graduate. Volunteers do not need to speak Spanish to participate.

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Fall 2017 deadline: September 8th, 2017

Team Leader Internship

After-School Program Academic Year (September – May). The purpose of the Team Leader at Puentes Hacia el Futuro internship is to take an active role in preparing for, leading, and following up on academic support sessions and educational activities.  The Team Leader Interns will work closely with educators and leaders in the Puentes organization, have the opportunity to contribute directly to program facilitation, develop an understanding of the social determinants of health impacting our community, and receive valuable mentorship. Team leaders must possess interpersonal skills to join an enthusiastic group that is passionate about supporting the education, health, and wellness of Latino children in South Philadelphia. Proficiency in Spanish is useful but not required. It is important for the intern to have a strong interest in building relationships with the children and families with whom we work.

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Application Deadline: Friday April 14th, 2017

Summer Camp Internship

(July – August) The Puentes Hacia el Futuro program offers a six-week summer program to 40-50 children who could most benefit from extra support in reaching grade level literacy. Summer student interns will have the opportunity to facilitate interactive sessions. Interns will have a significant amount of leadership and teamwork responsibility and thus are expected to be highly motivated. The interns will be responsible for the daily functioning of the program by leading educational, cultural, and activities and lessons for the children. The interns will work closely with educators, and leaders in the Puentes organization and gain an understanding of the social determinants of health and social justice issues impacting our community. This is a special opportunity to learn about and to practice the process of implementation of a public health initiative.

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Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2017

Early Childhood Education Internship

The Early Childhood Education Internship position provides students an unparalleled opportunity to work and learn at both the intersection of research, action, and social justice and at the cutting edge of urban education. The interns will engage with issues of education and equality in a community‐based, multilingual, and transnational context, preparing them as a future leader and expert in their field.

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Application Deadline: March 10th, 2017

Early Childhood Education Coordinator

The Early Childhood Education Coordinator position provides any student an unparalleled opportunity to work and learn at both the intersection of research, action, and social justice and at the cutting edge of urban education. The Coordinator will engage with issues of education and equality in a community-based, multilingual, and transnational context, preparing them as a future leader and expert in their field.

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Application Deadline: March 10th, 2017