Volunteers and Students

A Legacy of Volunteerism

The contributions of volunteers – health care providers, community volunteers, and learners such as medical residents, interns, externs, and students – have been welcomed and valued at all levels of the organization since our beginnings as an all-volunteer run organization in 1972. We would not have been able to become the CommuniCare Health Centers that we are today without the interest, support, and dedication of volunteers!

Interested in Volunteering with CommuniCare?
Select one option below


CommuniCare is proud to play a role shaping future leaders and providers of healthcare by hosting students for internships, externships, clinical rotations, and medical residencies. We are able to host many types of students who need experience including (but not limited to) family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, certified nurse midwifery, and psychiatry, as well as students of Social Work, Public Health, Medical Assistant and Medical Administration Externs, and many more.  When submitting a Rotation Request: Be prepared to upload your CV/resume along with providing required hours, dates, and qualifying preceptors.

To avoid causing an error, once you begin to complete a Student Intake Form or Rotation Request, be sure to submit the form. After you have submitted your form you can return at a different time to upload immunization records and other required documentation.


Licensed Health Care Professionals who are interested in volunteering at CommuniCare providing services to our patients:
DO NOT COMPLETE the volunteer application above for positions that require credentialing (e.g. MD, DO, PA, NP, DDS, DMD, CNM, LCSW, LMFT). Please submit your CV/resume
by email to volunteer@communicarehc.org
or by Postal Service to
Volunteer and Student Services
P.O. Box 1260,
Davis, CA 95617

Watch a discussion about Transitioning from Volunteer or Student to Employee

Are you interested in shadowing a provider in one of our clinics? To become eligible to shadow a provider, community members are required to volunteer for a minumum of six months. After volunteering for six months, those interested in shadowing can submit a Provider Shadow Request.

Our Robust Volunteer Program offers many opportunities for volunteers to have meaningful experiences. Volunteers can find opportunities in these areas:

Volunteer Areas of Opportunity

Direct Patient Volunteer Opportunities

  • Interpreting and Translating
  • Medical Scribing
  • Patient Care
  • Sexual Health
  • Patient Screener

Clinic Support Volunteer Opportunities

  • Medical Back Office
  • Primary Care & Perinatal Chart Reviews
  • Reach Out & Read
  • Special Projects
  • Health Promotion and Outreach

Health Administration Volunteer Opportunities

  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Finance
  • Quality Assurance

Volunteer Opportunities Currently Open

  • Patient Screener

Volunteer FAQ's

All volunteers are required to provide the following:

  • Record of MMR Immunization or proof of immunity (Titer)
  • Record of Hepatitis B Immunization or proof of immunity (Titer) 
  • Record of Varicella Immunization or proof of immunity (Titer)
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster
  • Negative TB Test results (dated within 12 months)
  • Proof of current seasonal Flu Vaccine – during flu season Nov 1 – March 31

Please provide information on what will qualify a CommuniCare employee to act as a preceptor to satisfy your school’s requirements. Please give us the qualification the preceptor must possess, such as: MD/DO, PA, NP, someone with and MPH, etc.

If you are unsure if your school has an MOU with CommuniCare, select “UNKNOWN” from the drop-down menu.

No, as an undergraduate student, you are not yet ready for a clinical rotation. The clinical rotation request form is for students at the graduate and post graduate level who are required by their programs to have a chance to get practical experience applying the concepts learned in the classroom.


Undergraduates interested in gaining experience in a clinical setting in preparation for applying to medical school, please submit a volunteer application. We will look at your education, skills, passions, and interests to place you in a volunteer position that will give you a meaningful experience.

It is the policy of CommuniCare Health Centers to provide individuals with professional, courteous, and friendly manners who are interested in pursuing a career in health care opportunities to observe clinical interactions between a provider and patients to gain exposure to their field of interest.

To qualify for participation in a Provider Shadow opportunity, the individual must:

  • Volunteer for a minimum of six (6) months in a relevant volunteer position, or
  • Have the approval of a provider willing to let the individual shadow

We are a proud certified Service Enterprise Organization!

Starting as an all-volunteer run clinic in 1972, volunteerism has always been at the core of our organization, and as we grew and our name changed, the contributions of volunteers have continued to be welcomed at all levels of the organization. Recently, as part of a re-commitment to our volunteer program, CommuniCare completed the process to earn a Service Enterprise certification. As a certified Service Enterprise, CommuniCare is among the top 11% of nonprofits, nationwide, in volunteer management and organizational performance.

A Service Enterprise is an organization that achieves operational efficiency, allowing for greater social impact, by strategically leveraging volunteers and their skills to address community needs. To earn this prestigious certification, the Volunteer Services team embarked on a three-year journey of extensive assessments, training & coaching, and the building of internal infrastructure to support a robust volunteer program capable of adapting and expanding to support the entire organization and continue to innovate and find new ways meet the needs of the community. Being certified Service Enterprise indicates that we have the capability and management expertise to strategically leverage the skills, talents, and unique experience and perspective that each volunteer uses as they contribute at all levels of the organization.

The Service Enterprise seal tells potential volunteers that personal, academic, and professional growth can be achieved through the opportunities they find at CommuiCare and that they will be able to have meaningful experiences creating positive impact on the health outcomes of some of our most vulnerable friends and neighbors, many who have not traditionally had access to the high-quality, comprehensive healthcare that CommuniCare is dedicated to providing everyone in our community.