Volunteer Services

The Health Care Agency (HCA) is a large and dynamic public agency, comprised of approximately 2,600 employees who are responsible for providing a wide range of services to protect and promote the health of the Orange County community.

Each year approximately 650 unpaid interns and volunteers are screened and placed in assignments throughout the Agency. Placements are highly individualized, based on a person's interest, skill level and supervision requirements. Internship and volunteer placements are available in specific areas of HCA such as:

  • Public Health Services - Monitors the incidence of disease and injury in the community and develops preventive strategies to maintain and improve the health of the public. Ensures food safety, water quality and protects the public's health and safety from harmful conditions in the environment, and from disease and nuisance hazards through the enforcement of health and safety standards.
  • Behavioral Health Services - Provides a culturally competent and client-centered system of behavioral health services for all eligible county residents in need of mental health care and/or treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse.
  • Medical and Institutional Health Services - Coordinates emergency medical care, provides medical and behavioral health care to adults and children in institutional settings, and contracts essential medical services for patients for whom the County is responsible.
  • Administrative Services - Promotes and provides for the fiscal and operational integrity of the Agency through sound management principles and practices, and provides support services to Agency programs.

Before You Apply

Services within the Agency are primarily delivered 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Clientele reflect the ethnic and cultural composition of various communities in which services are located. Bilingual Spanish, Vietnamese and Cambodian assistance is highly desirable.

Depending on the assignment, you may need the following:

  • Fingerprints and records check
  • TB skin or chest X-ray testing
  • Measles, mumps and rubella vaccination
  • Tetanus-diphtheria booster
  • Hepatitis B vaccination
  • Complete and return the required application materials.

Although internships with the County of Orange are unpaid positions, they do provide an excellent experience in a professional setting for students and recent graduates.

Application Procedures

Some opportunities are listed on the County of Orange Volunteer Web site. Go to Volunteers & Internships, and then click on the position description to view the application procedures. Applicants may submit a Letter of Interest and Resume if there are no posted positions that match their academic and/or career goals or fields of interest.

For Additional Information

Orange County Health Care Agency
Shelly M. Lummus

Volunteer Services
405 W. Fifth Street, Suite 743
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 834-6620

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the County of Orange Health Care Agency offer paid internships?
Internships are unpaid; however, most students view the experience as invaluable in respect to personal and professional growth.
How does a student apply for a County of Orange Health Care Agency internship?
Internships related to most academic programs are offered through the County of Orange. Students are encouraged to check the Position Descriptions listed on the County of Orange Volunteer & Internships site (follow the application procedures included with each description). If there are no posted positions on the Web site that match an applicant’s academic and/or career goals or fields of interest, the applicant may contact Health Care Agency Volunteer Services at (714) 834-6620.
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