Puentes de Salud attracts more than 200 active student and faculty volunteers from eleven colleges and universities throughout the Philadelphia region. We rely on the diverse skills of the volunteer staff who support our clinical, educational and wellness programs. Our comprehensive strategy for improving the health of Philadelphia’s Latinx community draws on volunteers from many disciplines, including medicine, nursing, public health, law, education, and visual arts. This interdisciplinary group learns about important issues in Latinx health firsthand through supervised volunteer work at our various programs. All volunteer opportunities require an application process.
Please Note: In order to provide quality direct service to our community and a quality immersion experience for our volunteers, we are not able to accept visiting or walk-in volunteers, student research proposals, or short-term class project/papers volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering, please see the volunteer options below. Contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com
In-Service Speaker Series
The Puentes de Salud In-Service training series is a year-long series of lectures focusing on the social determinants of health. The lectures are also a key component of Puentes de Salud’s Escolares program, which exposes volunteers to the social determinants of health through lectures, reflection sessions, and volunteer experiences. The In-Service series focus on issues of community health, health care for uninsured and marginalized populations, cultural sensitivity in health care, and issues relevant to Latinx health. Volunteers from all backgrounds in the Puentes de Salud community are welcome. Presentations are geared towards clinic volunteer students and providers. They are presented in English for one hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on a Monday or Wednesday. If you or your organization would like to be a guest speaker please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administrative Assistant Position
The Administrative Assistant will provide valuable behind-the-scenes support to our clinic. This position involves calling patients, scheduling appointments, scanning medical files, and managing office needs. Hours are flexible and will allow an opportunity to work closely with Puentes staff, as well as provide an in-depth understanding of the administrative processes that go into running a clinic. Flexible schedule. *It is open for undergrads, postbac, graduate students and medical students
Puentes Clinical Provider Liaison Internship
Puentes de Salud relies on volunteer providers (Physicians, NPs, Nurses) to help staff our clinic and serve our patient population. We are seeking one intern to work closely with the Assistant Medical Director to help with recruitment, onboarding, and credentialing of our new and existing provider volunteers. This is a great way to get involved with the behind the scenes work at the clinic and to learn about the medical-legal aspects of providing volunteer medical services. The responsibilities will have a flexible timeline and can be completed on your schedule.
Skills required: professional communication, tech savvy, excellent organizational skills
Expectations: about 5 hrs/week of time, meet with Assistant Medical director regularly, recruit new providers, help new providers along the credentialing process (license verification, etc) & work closely with Puentes staff
Clinic Intake and Vitals (MS1/MS2)
Applications open for spring!
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 triage care through In-take and Vitals. Students 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 cultural sensitivity, as well as clinical and social determinants of health that impact vulnerable communities. Application deadlines for spring: Final deadline: December 29th and mandatory orientation/training day: January 8th. Apply here: Puentes de Salud Clinic Internship Application
Clinical II Volunteer (MS3/MS4)
The Clinical II Volunteer position provides a great opportunity for third and fourth year medical students (MS3, MS4), PA, dental and graduate nursing students to gain experience shadowing a provider and learning how to conduct a patient interview. Select Medical MS3 and MS4 students are sometimes allowed to conduct the majority of a patient interview and learn how to report back to the provider with their findings. Please note we are unable to accommodate first and second year medical, undergraduate or post-bacc students. Applications due December 29th. Apply Here: Volunteer Interest Form
Clinic Admin/Flow Coordinators
Applications open for spring!
Admin/Flow Coordinators take an active role in organizing patient and volunteer flow, managing patient records, and assisting staff, physicians and all providers in the running of the health clinic. These roles provides coordinators with valuable insight and experience in patient care and navigation, public health and non-profit primary care clinic functions. Available to Post-Bacc and Undergraduate Students. Final deadline: December 29th and mandatory orientation/training day: January 8th. Apply here: Admin/Flow Coordinator Application Contact us with any questions: email@example.com
Graduate Student Coordinators
Puentes de Salud has developed a highly organized student coordinator structure to fill positions that manage communication, clinical and general volunteers, community engagement, Charlas program, and complex care. 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 management and communication with fellow coordinators and staff.
Eligibility & Requirements: Coordinator positions are available to highly responsible and independent graduate, professional, public health, post-bac, medical, and nursing students. Bachelor’s degree required. Microsoft proficiency required. A minimum of a one-year service term January – January is required. Preference is given to current and previous Puentes volunteers. Advanced Spanish fluency is required for all positions. Note each position may have additional requirements. Positions are limited and competitive, please apply early. Decisions will be made via email. Contact us with any questions at studentchair@
Student Coordinator Positions Include: