Volunteer Opportunities - Dental

AIDS Project Los Angeles - Dental Clinic Intern

611 S. Kingsley Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90005

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Greene/LeBaron Dental Treatment Center offers preventive, emergency, and restorative dental treatment to HIV Symptomatic / AIDS diagnosed clients. Under direction of the Office Manager, the intern will work with contracted dentists on a variety of levels. REQUIREMENTS: Ability to maintain the highest level of confidentiality and professionalism. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong PC, MS Office, and Internet skills. Willingness to work 20 hours per week minimum for 3-6 months. Submit your resume online, or mail to the address listed above

The Saban Free Clinic


8405 Beverly Blvd. 3rd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90048

There are volunteer opportunities for everyone: medical, dental, and counseling. Students, retired people, working people, younger people, people who speak a variety of languages, people with special skills and talents, and people from a wide range of socioeconomic and economic backgrounds are not only serve as volunteers, but, are patients at the clinic as well. At the Clinic everyone is treated with respect and without judgment as the clinic believes that healthcare is a right, not a privilege—and so is dignity. Check online for the schedule of Volunteer Open Houses.

USC School of Dentistry
Division of Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Epidemiology

Jonar Bonifacio, D.D.S. Director, USC Mobile Clinic

Norris Dental Science Center

University Park, Los Angeles CA



The USC Mobile Clinic program is an important resource in addressing the oral health needs of children from urban and rural low-income families in California, as well as a valuable educational resource for dental and dental hygiene students from UCLA and students from all of the dental hygiene and dental assistant programs in Southern California. A variety of volunteers, including family members, pre-dental students, and dental assisting students join USC students and assist them with patient flow, record keeping and sterilization of instruments.

Non-Local In-State

The Berkeley Free Clinic

2339 Durant Ave.

Berkeley, CA 94704


The dental section of the BFC is the only free dental clinic in Northern California providing free simple extractions, fillings and cleanings. This service takes new patients on a drop-in lottery basis only. For new patients, the procedure is to arrive 30 minutes prior to the opening time and to fill out a form for placement into the lottery. The Dental Section of the Berkeley Free Clinic is currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. You will be notified when the next training cycle is determined. Download the training application off their website.

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts

2011 Palomar Airport Road Suite 206

Carlsbad, CA 92011 United States


Fresh Start Surgical Gifts transform the lives of children and young adults with physical deformities. By providing dental services in conjunction with plastic and reconstructive surgery, patients are offered the gift of a fresh start in life. Patients come from all over the United States and all over the world to receive these services, given free of charge through the generous participation of volunteer Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, Ortho-Assistants and trained staff. Since its incorporation in 1991, Fresh Start has provided over $11,000,000 in medical reconstructive services to the children and young adults whose financial situation prevented them from receiving the services they need. Visit their website for more information.

La Clinica

Post Office Box 22210

Oakland, CA 94623-2210


Provides Dental Externship in Pittsburg, Ca / Pleasant Hill, CA. Externs will be trained in a Dental office by an experienced dental assistant. The Extern will be evaluated by a Supervisor midway of externship and will be given a final evaluation on the last day of completion hours. Externs will work with clinical staff to provide the following to our patients; room patients, take x-rays, review medical history, sterilize dental instruments, restock/sterilize room, assist doctors, breakdown trays. Visit their website for an application.

LifeLong Dental Care

PO Box 11247

Berkeley, CA. 94712

LifeLong provides high-quality health and social services to underserved people of all ages; creates models of care for the elderly and people with disabilities; and advocates for continuous improvements in the health of our communities. Visit their website for information on applying to become a dental clinic volunteer.

Out of State

University of Connecticut: College Summer Fellowship

263 Farmington Avenue

Farmington, CT 06030-1905

The purpose of the program is to provide a research enrichment experience and some exposure to clinical medicine or dental medicine. The faculty develop and make available suitable project descriptions from which students may select a research opportunity. The student will meet with the faculty sponsor and develop a research protocol in June. The student will commit approximately 30+ hours per week for the project and will work with the faculty sponsor or his/her designates. Approximately 8-10 hours per week have been set aside for clinical experientials and other enrichments. A $2,500 - 3,000 salary is provided. Assistance in locating housing is also provided. Get an application from their website.