Volunteer Types

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Volunteers expand the reach of our valuable public health work.

A volunteer performs services for the Health Department without compensation.

General volunteer

A long-term volunteer who provides skills and services for community involvement while networking, gaining experience and building a resume.

Job shadow

Visits the Health Department for an average of four to eight hours to observe, interact with staff and to get an insider’s view of a career field.


A learning program for a class or an individual that a professor, teacher or career counselor leads.


Real world experience to gain knowledge and skills required to enter a particular career field. In the form of Optional Practical Training (work experience before or after completion of a degree) or Curricular Practical Training. Internships are short term (approximately 240 to 380 hours) and may be required as part of a student’s curriculum.

To qualify for academic credit, the school and student work with the field site supervisor to set objectives to meet academic program goals. The field site supervisor evaluates the intern’s work to ensure the learning objectives are met. Interns can be high school or college students.


People from public, non-profit and private organizations who work with the Health Department to advance our mission. Individuals work onsite and are not employed by and may or may not be directed by the Department per a contract agreement. Partners may serve various lengths of time, working in coordinated efforts with the Department, relying on one other's strengths to provide the highest possible community service.

Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps

Get more information about volunteering with the Pierce County Medical Reserve Corps.