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Internship and Volunteer at the Health Department

Florida Department of Health in Volusia County

Your Experience 

Thank you for your interest in student internship and volunteer opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County.

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County will provide you with knowledge and a rewarding experience in a state government organization addressing public health needs in coordination with Federal, State and County programs. Florida Department of Health in Volusia County 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.

Intern 

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 Universities 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 CHD's attorney and Administrator before your application can be considered for internship. These contractual agreements outline the responsibilities of the FDOH Volusia as well as the university and the students themselves. Only submit an application for internship if your universities degree program is included in our Memorandum of Agreement listing. If you do not see your university and or degree program listed please have your universities program director contact Tarayn Korkus, Human Services Analyst, at 386-736-5460 to begin the process of establishing a MOA.

Current List of Universities/Programs with a MOA with the FDOH Volusia: 

  • Bethune Cookman University- Nursing

  • Bethune Cookman University- Health Sciences

  • Daytona College- Nursing Students

  • Daytona College- Health Care Professionals

  • Daytona State College- Health Care Professionals

  • Florida State University- College of Medicine

  • George Washington University- Public Health

  • Hertzing University- Health Care Professionals

  • Indiana State University- Health Care Professionals

  • South University- Health Care Professionals

  • Stetson University- Public Health Professionals

  • St Petersburg College- Health Care Professionals

  • University of Central Florida- Health Services

  • University of Central Florida- College of Nursing

  • University of Florida- Health & Human Performance

  • University of North Florida- Brooks College of Health

  • University of South Alabama- Health Care Professionals
  • University of South Florida- College of Nursing

  • University of South Florida- College of Public Health

  • Western Governors- Health Sciences

Volunteer 

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  

1. What are the requirements for participating?

  1. Complete and submit the on-line application.
  2. Be available for a telephone and/or face-to-face interview.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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2. When should I apply for an academic internship?

The sooner, the better. Health Clinic internships, especially, reach capacity months before the desired intern start date.

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3. Do I get paid for an internship?

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.

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4. What hours will I be required to work?

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.

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5. I'm not in school, but can I participate in the internship program?

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.

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6. Volunteer Opportunities Information

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.

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The Application Process  


  1. 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.

  2. Submit the completed application by email or the application may be mailed to the address below.

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County
Volunteer/Internship Coordinator
1845 Holsonback Drive, Bin #170
Daytona Beach, FL 32117
Fax: 386-274-0879
Email:  Attention: Tarayn Korkus

Once all materials have been submitted, you will be notified by the volunteer internship coordinator if your application has been accepted and arrangements made for interview, fingerprinting (volunteers), mandatory online training, start date/schedule or other needs.