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Volunteering & Working

Tufts student planting flowers

Graduate students in the health sciences have many opportunities to volunteer and work while completing graduate programs on the Boston Health Sciences Campus. 


All medical students are involved in the local community through the Community Service Learning program that is a unique part of their curriculum, and many health sciences students volunteer with those organizations as well.

A number of students serve as mentors in the ESL and after-school tutoring programs at the Youth Center at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC). The Girls Value Program, also based at the BCNC, was founded by medical student Wilma Chan in 2007. Today, the program continues to be led by female Asian-American medical students, providing social and emotional support for Asian-American girls between the ages of 11 and 16.

The Community Health Advocates at Tufts (CHAT) is a student group comprised of Tufts graduate students in health related fields. CHAT’s focus is on health promotion, health policy, and engaging the community at local, state, and national levels about issues of public health relating to health promotion, disease prevention and management. Recent events include free beginner Spanish classes and health advocacy training.

The Tufts Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Student Council is also involved in service in the Boston community. Students recently spent time at Rosie’s Place, a local shelter for poor and homeless women, staffing the evening food pantry.

Sharewood Project

Located in Malden, the Sharewood Project is a free health care organization serving the medically underserved populations of the greater Boston area. Physician Assistant students have the opportunity to volunteer in the clinic alongside medical students and physicians. It is an opportunity to build clinical and interpersonal skills while giving back to this diverse patient population.

Learn more about Sharewood.

Work On-Campus While in School

Tufts’ Student Employment Office is a resource for students seeking on– and off-campus work/study and non-work/study positions within other schools at Tufts, mainly on the Medford campus. The University’s main Tufts Employment Recruitment Site posts all University jobs (full and part-time benefits eligible positions) across Tufts’ three campuses.