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Volunteer in public health

Connect with your community when you serve as a volunteer! Our volunteers help fulfill our mission to protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County. If you want to know more about becoming part of our team, read about the process for applying on this page.

Internships for credit

An internship provides a learning experience relevant to your academic field of study. Learn how to work in a team environment, interact with diverse groups of people and cultures. You will work with staff and the community while you gain experience in your academic field of study.

Who can volunteer?

Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age or older.

Where can I volunteer?

You may choose an assignment in one of our four divisions:

  • Administrative Services.
  • Environmental Health.
  • Communicable Disease Control.
  • Strengthening Families.

How do I get started?

Step 1—Contact Us

When you are ready to make the commitment, contact one of our four divisions below. Our staff will work with you to match your skills and interests with our business needs.

Administrative Services Division
Contact Tawana Bellamy at or (253) 798-3536.

Communicable Disease Control
Contact Kimberly Thompson at or (253) 798-4779.

Environmental Health Division
Contact Stacey Riley at or (253) 798-3485. 

Strengthening Families Division
Contact JoDee Mosley at or (253) 798-2842.

Step 2—Complete application packet

When a program or supervisor identifies an opportunity, he or she will ask you to complete a volunteer application packet. Return the completed application packet to the division either in person or by mail to:

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
3629 S. D St.
Tacoma, WA 98418
List the division and supervisor name.

Step 3—Application review, screening and verification

Division staff will contact you to discuss your application.

Step 4—Interview

A supervisor or program manager may contact you for an interview. The interview is to determine if your interests and skills match the needs of the program.

When you receive a contingent offer for a volunteer assignment, staff will work with you to:

  • Process your criminal history background check.
  • Schedule you for required QuantiFERON test, vaccines and titres.

Step 5—Placement

You will attend an orientation on your first day.

Internship practicum placement:

  • Human Resources will work with your school to establish an agency affiliation agreement.
  • The Health Department site supervisor will work with you and your school to establish a Student Learning Practicum. These will be consistent with the general objectives of the School and your academic program and will vary depending on your professional goals and specific interests.


For questions about our volunteer program contact Krystle Amundson at or (253) 798-6414.