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The Health Care Agency (HCA) is a large and dynamic public agency, comprised of approximately 2,600 employees who are responsible for providing a wide range of services to protect and promote the health of the Orange County community.

Each year approximately 650 unpaid interns and volunteers are screened and placed in assignments throughout the Agency. Placements are highly individualized, based on a person's interest, skill level and supervision requirements.

Before You Apply

Services within the Agency are primarily delivered 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Clientele reflect the ethnic and cultural composition of various communities in which services are located. Bilingual Spanish, Vietnamese and Cambodian assistance is highly desirable.

Depending on the assignment, you may need the following:

  • Fingerprints and records check
  • TB skin or chest X-ray testing
  • Measles, mumps and rubella vaccination
  • Tetanus-diphtheria booster
  • Hepatitis B vaccination
  • Complete and return the required application materials.

Although internships with the County of Orange are unpaid positions, they do provide an excellent experience in a professional setting for students and recent graduates.

Application Procedures

Some opportunities are listed on Many of our placements are reoccurring annually and applicants can submit resume and details of placement via email Universities will be expected to enter into an agreement with the Health Care Agency for placements & internships.

For Additional Information

Orange County Health Care Agency
Volunteer Services
405 W. Fifth Street, Suite 743
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 834-6620

Frequently Asked Questions

The County of Orange does have limited paid positions. Unfortunately, the Health Care Agency internships are unpaid; however, most students view the experience as invaluable in respect to personal and profession growth.

Internship related to most academic programs are offered through the County of Orange. Students are encouraged to check or Volunteer & Internships sites for opportunities. If there are no posted positions related to your academic and/or career goals or fields of interest, please feel free to contact or call (714) 834-6620.