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Volunteer and Internship Opportunities | Florida Department of Health in Leon

Volunteers are an integral part of The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH-Leon) that supports our ability to expand our resources to improve the quality of life and health of our community. DOH-Leon has exciting volunteer and internship opportunities available. Volunteers and interns work in partnership with employees at our health centers, dental clinics, administrative offices, or in the community.

Follow the instructions below if you would like to volunteer or complete an internship.

Why Volunteer? 

Volunteering benefits the community as well as the individual volunteering. It can transform the lives of those who give time and those who benefit from the volunteer’s time. Most importantly, volunteering at DOH-Leon extends the capability of the agency to provide education, clinical services, and support to community members and DOH-Leon team members.

How Can I Volunteer? 

DOH-Leon understands it is vital to find the right volunteer experience! Please browse our Programs and Services page to find an area that interests you and maximizes your education and skill set. After you find an area of interest, a potential volunteer must:

  • Complete the Volunteer Enrollment Application (See Volunteer and Internship Background Screening Applications below)
  • *Have a confirmed DOH-Leon program placement
  • **Complete and pass a background screening
  • **Complete mandatory training modules
  • **Attend volunteer orientation

*Must have a placement confirmed within the agency to begin the background screening process.

**Must pass background screening, mandatory training modules and attend orientation to volunteer with DOH-Leon.


Internship Opportunities 

The Volunteer Services Office coordinates the placement of students from colleges and universities to complete their intern and externships.

DOH-Leon has skills-based intern and externship opportunities available for undergraduate and graduate students. Completing an experience with DOH-Leon combines education with experience to best prepare students for their career after graduation. 

The following internship programs are example placement options:

  • Clinical Services
  • Nutrition & Wellness Programs
  • Community Health Assessment and Planning
  • Family Planning
  • WIC and Nutrition
  • Communicable Disease
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Environmental Health
  • Community Events

How Can I Complete an Internship? 

DOH-Leon understands how vital it is to find the right internship experience. We collaborate with colleges and universities throughout the community and the United States to provide skills-based intern and externship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. DOH-Leon currently has formal agreements to provide intern and externship opportunities with the following schools: 

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)
  • Florida State University (FSU)
  • Tallahassee Community College (TCC)

Note: A formal agreement has to be established with a college or university in order for student placement to occur. 

The following are requirements for all intern and externships: 

  • Agreement with School, College, or University
  • Completed volunteer and background screening application.
  • **Completed and successful background screening
  • **Completed mandatory training modules.
  • **Volunteer Orientation

*Must have a placement confirmed within the agency to begin the background screening process.

**Must pass background screening, mandatory training modules and attend orientation to volunteer with DOH-Leon.


Volunteer and Internship Applications 

Complete the Volunteer Enrollment Application. Be sure read and answer each question and to include your desired placement area(s). Once placement is confirmed, the Workforce Development Coordinator will contact you to schedule your background screening to secure your placement at DOH-Leon!

Application Submission Deadline

Applications are accepted and can be submitted according to the dates below:


Application Window Open


June 1 – August 30


September 1 – November 30


February 1 – April 30


Background Screenings and Volunteer/Internship Orientation:

Background Screening Details:

  • Available every Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  You will be given a time if selected.
  • MUST bring a picture ID and Social Security card.
  • DOH-Leon volunteer badge photo will be taken at this time.
  • Students check with your college/university for applicable background screening and provide an Attestation of Background Screening on school letterhead signed by the Dean.


  • Every 2nd Friday at 9:00 a.m. (lasts approximately two hours). Location will be given after completion of background screening.


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