Internship and Volunteer Opportunities
Florida Department of Health in Volusia County
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County has decided not to accept student preceptorships for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.
The goal of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia) is to provide a rewarding experience in a state government organization addressing public health needs in coordination with Federal, State and County programs. DOH-Volusia is committed to assisting in the instruction of effective professionals, developing and promulgating public health knowledge, and providing leadership to students and volunteers as a means of achieving its mission in the community.
Department of Health Policy 380-7-16 defines an Intern as:
Intern: An individual who is typically a student or trainee who works without pay in order to gain work experience and to get classroom credit.
Intern: Must provide a letter of attestation on their university’s letterhead stating they have completed a level II background screening, prior to the start of their internship.
Florida Department of Health-Volusia must have a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on file that has been approved by the DOH-Volusia attorney and Administrator before your application can be considered for internship. These contractual agreements outline the responsibilities of the the DOH-Volusia, the university and the students. Only submit an application for internship if your university’s degree program is included in our Memorandum of Agreement listing below. If you do not see your university and/or degree program listed, please have your university's program director contact Tarayn Korkus, Public Health Services Manager, at 386-736-5460 to begin the process of establishing a MOA.
Current List of Universities/Programs with a MOA with the DOH-Volusia:
Bethune Cookman University
Daytona State College
Embry Riddle University
Florida State University-College of Medicine
Keiser University Graduate School
University of Central Florida- Health Services Administration
University of Central Florida- College of Nursing
University of Florida
University of South Florida-College of Public Health
Department of Health Policy 380-7-16 defines a Volunteer as:
Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Volunteer: "A network in the U.S. of community-based units initiated and established by local organizations to meet the public health needs of their communities. The MRC consists of medical and non-medical volunteers who contribute to local health initiatives, such as activities meeting the Surgeon General's priorities for public health, and supplement existing response capabilities in time of emergency."
Regular Service Volunteer: "Any person engaged in specific voluntary health service activities on a continuous basis, such as licensed health care providers and persons who provide clerical and support services."
Teen Volunteer: "An individual who is between 14 to 17 years of age, and volunteers for less than 40 hours per week with parental permission. They cannot be supervised by a relative or work in areas where confidential or sensitive information is contained, utilized or discussed."
Volunteer: Must complete and pass a Level II Background screening before they can begin volunteering.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the requirements for participating?
- When should I apply for an academic internship?
- Do I get paid for an internship?
- What hours will I be required to work?
- I’m not in school, but can I participate in the internship program?
- Volunteer Opportunities Information
- Complete and submit the on-line application.
- Be available for a telephone and/or face-to-face interview.
- The Florida Department of Health requires all interns and volunteers receive a satisfactory result from a Level II background screening before the first day of their volunteering or internship. DOH-Volusia has Live Scan equipment onsite and will schedule an appointment with you to complete the fingerprinting once your application has been accepted.
- Once completing the application and a Level II background is received they will be registered in TRAIN to complete the trainings. There are five mandatory trainings that are required of all interns and volunteers: FDOH Information Security, FDOH Customer Focus Training, HIV 101 in the News, OSHA, and Blood Borne Pathogens.
Applications will be accepted starting June 1st for the fall semester, November 1st for the spring semester and March 1st for the summer semester.
No. All internships are unpaid positions. Course credit for hours worked will be received according to your internship program. Additionally, each intern receives valuable work experience with our organization that will contribute experience to a resume when seeking a paid position in the future.
Hours are scheduled based on the academic requirements, the department's needs and the intern's availability. Workdays are typically Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The department does sponsor and attend some community based activities on weekends and occasionally after business hours.
No, you would then be classified as a volunteer. Individuals applying for a non-credit position are required to complete the Application, following the instructions for Volunteers, which includes submitting two personal references for acceptance into the Volunteer Program.
Please indicate the area(s) of interest and the skills you have that will help the area you are interested in volunteering.
Acceptance on an as needed basis and cannot be guaranteed.
Upon acceptance volunteer applicant is subject to a Level II Background screening.
The Application Process
Complete the electronic application, providing all requested information for intern, volunteer, or teen volunteer, as instructed on the application. If printed and manually completed, it must be neatly printed.
All documents requiring signatures must contain an original signature, electronic signatures are not accepted.
Submit the completed application and requested documents (if applicable) via fax or email. The application may also be mailed to the address below.
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County
121 West Rich Ave. Room #300
Deland, FL 32720
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Attention: Tarayn Korkus
4. Once your completed application and requested documents have been received, please allow two weeks for the department to review your application packet and finalize a decision. You will be notified of the final decision via the email address or telephone number you provided on your application.