There is no better way to demonstrate your readiness for medical school than through experience as a helper, leader, and thinker. Review our information below for a wide variety of opportunities that students can gain clinical experience in and around Berkeley.
Medical schools are looking for leaders. You don’t have to spearhead a community health program abroad or be the president of a student organization to demonstrate your leadership abilities. Tutoring, mentoring, or supervising others is excellent experience.
Research exercises the intellect like nothing else and although it is not a requirement for medical school, it is regarded favorably by many schools. Don’t confine yourself to traditional laboratory research unless that is what you truly enjoy. Field research is considered equally valuable unless you intend to become a Physician/Scientist. Your research may be in any field; Biology, Psychology, English, Sociology, Economics. You’ll enjoy the experience much more if you choose a topic that genuinely stokes your curiosity.
Find a Volunteer, Internship, or Work Position
- Health Volunteer Opportunities (list of local clinics/hospitals, internships, and programs)
- International Health Opportunities
Find a Research Position