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Use this tool to find the opportunities HPA includes in the Events & Opportunities newsletter. Opportunities are organized alphabetically, and you can filter by opportunity type. If you'd like more information about different types of experiences visit the Types of Experiences section of this site. To find resources to find or create experiences, visit the Experience-Finding Resources section of the site.

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AAMC Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

AAMC's ongoing list of undergraduate student research opportunities hosted by universities and medical institutions throughout the United States. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med

Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (CAURS)

An annual event held each spring that allows undergraduates from 6 leading Chicago area universities - University of Chicago, Loyola University, Northwestern University, DePaul University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois at Chicago - to present their research results in a professional setting.

  • Tracks: All
  • Location: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Start: April 2021

DO Health Professions Week

If you are interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine and hearing from current DO students and practitioners, please consider joining in Health Professions Week 2022! 

Health Professions Week is a fun, digital event with activities to give you meaningful insight into what the path to a profession will look like for you. There are a number of engaging events for students interested in the health professions from November 5 – November 11, 2022, such as: 

  • Financial literacy sessions 
  • Health professions virtual fair 
  • Career scavenger hunt
  • Live panels 
  • Recorded, on-demand information sessions 
  • And more! 
  • All future health professionals are welcome to register for #HPW2022 for free!  

  • Tracks: Pre-Med
  • Position Type: Volunteer

Hands of Hope with Casa de Esperanza

Casa de Esperanza seeks applicants for the Hands of Hope Service Year Program, a gap year opportunity for pre-med/pre-health students.  Casa de Esperanza provides residential foster care to children ages birth through six who are in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. For a complete description, visit the Hands of Hope program website. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Public Health
  • Position Type: Paid Internship
  • Contact: Darean Talmade 

MCAT Tutor Position

MedSchoolCoach, the nation’s leader in MCAT preparation, is actively seeking tutor candidates! We are looking for individuals who are bright, dynamic and engaging, preferably with teaching or tutoring experience (TA experience is great!). Candidates must have taken the MCAT within the past 3 years, and achieved a score of 130 or higher in at least two sections of the exam. Our pay is very competitive ($45.00 per hour, with opportunities for raises and bonuses) and scheduling is flexible. This is a fantastic job for students looking to earn some extra money while doing something rewarding and fun.

Medical Missionaries Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Global Health

Offers two recent college graduates planning on entering medical school the opportunity to gain experience in health care delivery in a developing country. Applications are accepted annually.

Medical Missionaries Volunteering

A non-profit, non-religiously affiliated organization dedicated to providing health care to under-served communities worldwide regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental
  • Location: Various
  • Position Type: Volunteer
  • Start: Opportunities available on an ongoing basis
  • Contact:, (703)335-1800

Medical Student Pride Alliance Internship

Medical Student Pride Alliance (MSPA) is seeking a pre-med intern to help continue work on the LGBTQ+ Equity Report Card. This project aims to assess equity and inclusion of LGBTQ+ students at various medical schools. This role will involve data collection, data analysis, and creating a summary report and requires a minimum commitment of 1 year. The ideal candidate is passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusion and representation in medicine and is comfortable working with remote teams. Please fill out the National Leadership Team Application if interested.

Medovate Dermatology Medical Assistant

Medovate Dermatology is a mission-driven, value-based, growing dermatology practice dedicated to delivering the highest standard of patient care. Our collaborative of board-certified dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons delivers individualized treatment rooted in compassion, excellence, and innovation.

We are seeking a Medical Assistant to work full-time at our Buffalo Grove, IL location, and to occasionally rotate at our Whiting, IN location. It is our long-term goal to grow our practice, provide quality care, and expand patient engagement.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Documenting patient visits alongside the physician
  • Assisting during medical procedures
  • Calling patients regarding their test results
  • Refilling prescriptions and submitting prior authorizations to insurance companies
  • Stocking, cleaning and maintaining office and equipment
  • Serve as support at the reception desk if needed
  • Reporting to the practice manager for various clinical and administrative tasks

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Current certification from a national Medical Assistant certification body or obtained within 3 months of hire or transfer preferred (but not required).
  • 1-2 years of previous work experience in a hospital or clinical setting
  • Educational background (medicine) may qualify for experience
  • Strong written, verbal, and problem-solving skills, which can be proven through previous working experience
  • A strong urge to learn the field of dermatology

The time commitment is approximately 40 hours/week. Shifts range from 8-10 hours in duration. Pay is from $15/hour. Vaccination proof required, as well as adherence to all COVID protocols in mask and sanitation compliance.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Position Type: Job
  • Contact: If interested, please email resume or CV.

Midwest Pre-Veterinary Symposium

Midwest Pre-Veterinary Symposium

  • Tracks: Pre-Veterinary
  • Position Type: Volunteer

MV3 Foundation

Mobilizing Voices through Education, Service, and Advocacy. Our mission at the MV3 Foundation is to invest in the personal, academic, and professional growth of the next generation of Black professionals in healthcare and health sciences so that they are poised to make a positive impact in the health of communities of color. 

We recently opened our Scholar Application process, and are seeking current, Black-identifying college students interested in pursuing a career in health and/or biomedical science. 

Admissions are rolling and earlier applications are recommended. Our last application deadline is below. We will only be accepting 20 additional students to the program. 

  • October 13: October Application Deadline 
  • October 24: October Decisions Release date

 Scholars can apply on our website: or at and reach out to with any questions. 
  • Tracks: All
  • Position Type: Volunteer

Northwestern Undergraduate Research Journal (NURJ)

Northwestern research journal is dedicated to the publication of original undergraduate research in all disciplines, including the sciences and social sciences.

  • Tracks: All
  • Start: Taking submissions on an ongoing basis

Northwestern University Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program (NU-MHRT)

The Northwestern University Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training Program (NU-MHRT), directed by Melissa A. Simon, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Health Equity Transformation, provides health disparities research training experiences to minority and other underrepresented students and trainees at the undergraduate through postdoctoral levels in order to prepare and enhance the next generation of scientists committed to research for improving minority health and reducing health disparities.

Trainees can focus their research and skill development in any aspect of interest that advances health equity, including but not limited to basic, translational, clinical, and population science. Research theme areas can include women’s health, cancer, health care quality and patient-centered outcomes (PCOR), chronic diseases, global health, mental health, etc.

This full-time training program is available for the following trainee levels:

  • Undergraduate (Juniors and seniors working towards a bachelor's degree)
  • Post-baccalaureate (individuals with a bachelor’s degree; can include people with or working toward a master's degree)
  • Predoctoral Scholars
  • Postdoctoral Scholars
Visit the NU-MHRT website to learn more about program eligibility, duration, anticipated deliverables, monthly stipends, exclusions, and application requirements for each of these trainee levels. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Public Health, Other Pre-Health Track
  • Start: Applications are accepted annually.
  • Contact: Samantha Alonis: 

One Health Symposium: One Health in Your Backyard

We are looking for students from all disciplines who are actively doing research pertaining to the theme of One Health in Your Backyard to present their research at the symposium. 


The deadline to submit abstracts is October 12th at 11:59PM PST.

  • Tracks: All

Perfect Pair

Perfect Pair is a unique program that matches seniors in your community one-on-one with a college volunteer, and we are looking to start a chapter at Northwestern! We match pairs based on personal interests and background, to foster beautiful cross-generational connections This is a meaningful, one-one volunteer experience, great for pre-health, pre-med, or students looking to help their local seniors.

This is a great way to get involved in leadership, running a national nonprofit chapter that has a great impact, (especially if you’re an underclassman) and the summer is a great time to get started! If you have any questions, please feel free to email Edie, our Director of Recruitment, at You can also schedule a meeting with Edie to learn more about the process of starting a chapter here! If you know you'd like to start a chapter you can fill out this form directly and we will reach out to you.

  • Tracks: All
  • Position Type: Volunteer

Pharmacy School Virtual Fair

Pharmacy School Virtual Fair: Come learn about PharmD Programs and Master's & PhD programs in pharmacy Science

  • Tracks: Pre-Pharmacy
  • Location: Online
  • Position Type: Volunteer

Physician Scientist Association’s Undergraduate Mentorship Program

One of APSA’s goals is to provide opportunities for physician-scientist trainees to develop skills needed for future careers in academic medicine and industry, including trainee mentorship. To accomplish this goal and to provide insight to prospective graduate and professional school applicants, we are starting the ninth year of our Undergraduate Mentorship program. The goal of this program is to connect APSA students (MD, DO, MD/PhD, and DO/PhD) with undergraduates who are interested in careers as physician-scientists in one-on-one mentor-mentee relationships. 

The application is found here and is due October 22nd, 2022.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med
  • Position Type: Volunteer
  • Contact: Please reach out to us at with any questions.

Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Program

The IRTA program provides opportunities for recent college graduates to spend a year engaged in biomedical research at the NIH. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

  • Tracks: All
  • Location: Various U.S. cities
  • Start: No fixed start date

Research Assistants and Clinical Research Assistants Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York

Research Assistant positions will be available at the Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York (Tisch MSRCNY) starting the summer of 2022. Tisch MSRCNY is an independent research center in New York City under the direction of Saud A. Sadiq, MD. The mission of Tisch MSRCNY is to find the cause and cure for multiple sclerosis through a multidisciplinary approach incorporating the fields of immunology, molecular biology, stem cell biology, neuroscience, and clinical translational research. The Tisch MSRCNY is closely affiliated with the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice, creating a unique environment designed to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery.

Open positions include (1) Laboratory Research Assistant and (2) Clinical Research Assistant. Ideal candidates for this educational opportunity are students who have recently completed their undergraduate education and seek a rewarding experience in a biomedical research program before attending graduate or medical school. Research Assistants work under the direct supervision of a principal investigator.

All research positions are full-time and in-person, not remote. Tisch MSRCNY follows strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of all staff. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package. If interested, please send a cover letter, CV (must include your GPA), and the names of three references to Please specify “Research Assistant Application” in the e-mail.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Physical Therapy, Other Pre-Health Track
  • Location: New York City
  • Position Type: Job
  • Start: Summer 2022
  • Contact:

Scribe America Part-time & Full-time Positions

The central role of the Medical Scribe is to relieve the physician of clerical or secretarial duties; thus, allowing the physician to focus more directly on clinical care. The scribe observes the physician during patient encounters and performs documentation on the physician’s behalf. Under the direction of the physician, they enter information into the patient’s electronic or written chart. At the physician’s request, the scribe must be able to locate past medical records, prior lab/radiology results, or past visit histories for the physician to review. Additionally, within the EMR itself the scribe needs the ability to enter data into the chart on the physician’s behalf. All scribe-entered data is reviewed and authenticated by the physician. 

-Must have a high school diploma or GED. Experience in the medical field is preferred
-Computer and typing skills are required 
-Familiarity with medical knowledge preferred 
-A responsible and mature individual with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Position type: Entry-level. Part-Time, typically 2-3 shifts per week. Full-time, 4-5 shifts per week. Average shift is between 8-12 hours. Hours will vary depending on location and specialty.
Visit the ScribeAmerica website to view open positions in your area. 

  • Tracks: Pre-Med
  • Location: Nationwide
  • Position Type: Job
  • Start: No fixed start date

Somos Hermanos Gap Year Programs

Somos Hermanos programs are designed to equip participants with the language skills and cultural competency they need to provide high quality professional services to Latinos. Students are not required to have previous Spanish language experience before participating. The 5-month program is broken into three phases that entail a mix of one-on-one language instruction, community based volunteering and cultural activities. The program is open to anyone post undergraduate degree in the U.S. or Canada entering the health care profession (i.e. medical, nursing, therapist, dental, pharmacy, physician assistant, public health, etc), entering the legal profession, social services, or education professions. For more information view the Somos Hermanos website. Applications are accepted annually. 

  • Tracks: All
  • Location: Guatemala & Mexico

The Northwestern Network Mentorship Program

The Northwestern Network Mentorship Program, managed by the Northwestern Alumni Association, matches Northwestern alumni with current undergraduates and other alumni to form mentoring relationships. Among the Northwestern alumni registered in the network are medical doctors and other healthcare professionals, and many of them are willing to have a mentee shadow them in their workplace. Sign-up is available year-round. 

Volunteer Dental Assistants

CommunityHealth, the largest volunteer-based free health clinic in the country located in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. CommunityHealth provides primary and specialty care, medications, lab testing, mental health services, and health education at no charge to nearly 10,000 low-income, uninsured adults in Chicago, thanks in large part to our team of over 1,000 volunteers.  We are always in need of additional volunteer Dental Assistants.

Learn more and sign up for an info session at

  • Tracks: Pre-Dental
  • Position Type: Volunteer

Volunteer Tutor Opportunity with STEMPod

Observing the challenge that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to our education system, STEMPod is a non-profit organization founded by Northwestern alumni aiming to promote STEM education in underserved communities. We are looking for volunteer tutors in any high school math, biology, chemistry, or physics courses. Expected commitment is 2+ hours per week for more than 6 months. The ideal volunteer is responsible, reliable, and patient. More information can be found at If interested, please fill out the application. Applications are accepted year-round.

  • Tracks: Pre-Med, Pre-Dental, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Pharmacy, Other Pre-Health Track
  • Location: Virtual
  • Position Type: Volunteer
  • Contact: Carlo Mannina email: