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Volunteering & Working

Graduate students in the health sciences have many opportunities to volunteer and work while completing graduate programs on the Boston Health Sciences Campus.


A number of students serve as mentors in the ESL and after-school tutoring programs at the Youth Center at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC). The Girls Value Program, also based at the BCNC, was founded by medical student Wilma Chan in 2007. Today, the program continues to be led by female Asian-American medical students, providing social and emotional support for Asian-American girls between the ages of 11 and 16 (see sidebar story). Albert Schweitzer Fellowship projects include an acapella group at the Josiah Quincy Upper School and a photography program at BCNC.

The Community Health Advocates at Tufts (CHAT) is a student group comprised of Tufts graduate students in health related fields. CHAT’s focus is on health promotion, health policy, and engaging the community at local, state, and national levels about issues of public health relating to health promotion, disease prevention and management. Recent events include free beginner Spanish classes and health advocacy training.

Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Student Council is also involved in service in the Boston community. Students recently spent time at Rosie’s Place, a local shelter for poor and homeless women, staffing the evening food pantry.

Sharewood Project

Located in Malden, the Sharewood Project is a free health care organization serving the medically underserved populations of the greater Boston area. Physician Assistant students have the opportunity to volunteer in the clinic alongside medical students and physicians. It is an opportunity to build clinical and interpersonal skills while giving back to this diverse patient population.

Learn more about Sharewood.

Internships & Volunteer Opportunities

Boston is rich in opportunities to intern and volunteer. We encourage you to use experiential opportunities to gain exposure to the public health arena early on. Our students have interned with the Boston Public Health Commission, the Aids Action CommitteeHealth Care For All, the Institute for Community HealthMassachusetts Department of Public Health, as well as many others.

Career Services maintains listings of current internship and volunteer opportunities in Handshake, an online career management tool. The PHPD Career Services office posts PHPD Research (RA) and Teaching (TA) Assistantships, as well as other on-campus PHPD project and administrative jobs in Handshake. In 2015-2016, there were over 40 TA opportunities, over 30 RA opportunities, and 20 project/administrative opportunities available with our faculty and staff. Given the small size of our programs, there are an abundance of on-campus employment choices for matriculated students.

Work On-Campus While in School

Tufts’ Student Employment Office is another resource for students seeking on– and off-campus work/study and non-work/study positions within other schools at Tufts, mainly on the Medford campus. Handshake is Tufts recruiting platform which connects students and alumni to employers for jobs, internships and career events.

Last, the University’s main Tufts Employment Recruitment Site posts all University jobs (full and part-time benefits eligible positions) across Tufts’ three campuses.

Fellowships and Training Opportunities

Fellowships and training opportunities provide extended, in-depth opportunities to continue learning in your field. Our students have been awarded prestigious CDC Fellowships, International and Boston Schweitzer Fellowships, and Fogarty Scholars among others. Current fellowship opportunities are also housed in Handshake.

Working While in School

Contact Career Services

136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Katie Donovan, MBA
Director of Career Services
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Doina Iliescu
Assistant Director of Career Services
Stearns 117

Sydney Paul, MPH, MHA
Assistant Director of Employer Relations
Stearns 118