Volunteering with the Health Department

The Health Department has several volunteer opportunities available for those who wish to give their time in the service of others.

We are in the process of updating our internship/practicum program and are not accepting applications at this time.  However, if you are interested in being notified of future opportunities, please complete the form below.

Volunteer Opportunities


Medical & Non-Medical Opportunities in the Medical Reserve Corps


The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program was officially launched as a national, community-based movement in July 2002. It was formed in response to President Bush's State of the Union Address, in which he asked all Americans to volunteer in support of their county and community.

As an integral component of the United States Citizen Corps the Howard County MRC is used to augment existing public health and medical staffing for flu clinics and other activities within the Health Department as well as, emergency or disaster-regardless of cause.

For more information or questions, call 410-313-6284 or email at HoCoMRC@howardcountymd.gov 


Volunteer Veterinarian


Rabies Vaccination Clinics

A graduate veterinarian (experienced, retired or new) to volunteer two hours a month (several times a year) at the Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center in Columbia to administer rabies vaccine to cats, dogs and ferrets.  Supplies and an assistant are provided.


  • Able to volunteer two hours of time from 12-2pm on the third Thursday of the month several times a year
  • Willing to coordinate a schedule with another veterinarian to maintain clinic coverage each month of the year
  • Become an MRC (Medical Reserve Corps) member
  • Able to administer shots to cats, dogs and ferrets with some assistance from HCAC employees
  • Able to travel to the Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center in Columbia, MD (where the clinic takes place)
  • Willing to be outdoors for an occasional clinic (the majority of the time, the clinics are indoors)
  • Identify and communicate to staff specific needs during the clinic and for future clinics

For more information contact askhealth@howardcountymd.gov




Requests for internships or practicums at the Howard County Health Department are currently on hold as we update our Internship Program.  Should you have interest in being notified about future opportunities, kindly complete the HCHD Interest List Form.


Underage Tobacco Enforcement Investigators


Underage Tobacco Enforcement Investigators (UTEIs) assist Howard County Enforcement Officers with tobacco sales enforcement compliance checks in relation to Maryland Retail Tobacco Control Laws and Local tobacco laws in Howard County.

For more information about the UTEI program, click here.

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