Job Title: Pre-Dental Intern


FLSA: Non-Exempt


Reports To: Volunteer Coordinator




Our pre-dental interns will be responsible for working with volunteer dentists to meet the unique needs of each patient. It is required to be able to lead, be friendly, flexible and focused to complete tasks in a timely manner.


HDC’s mission is to provide dental care to those without insurance nor the means to pay for care elsewhere. Our values are respect, compassion, integrity, service, stewardship and excellence. We expect all interns to possess the same values and to live them out while at HDC.


Each intern will receive extensive training in both clinical and front desk operations. As we will have a limited number of spots, this is a competitive position.


This position will require attendance every Tuesday and Thursday evening clinic until April 28, 2022. Working hours will typically begin 5:30 pm and end at 9:30 pm, dependent upon patient and clinician demand. Please ensure you are available for the duration of the internship, without significant absences, before applying for the position.


Front Desk:

  • Check-in and provide screening for patients prior to their appointments.
  • Ensure all patient paperwork is complete upon check-in.
  • Collect Administration Fee.
  • Once all patients are checked in, see if lab coats need to be laundered.
  • Check to see if help is needed in sterilization.
  • At the end of the shift ensuring all appointment paperwork, notes, and procedures are completed and recorded in patient software.
  • At the end of the shift the waiting room and front desk should be tidy and clean.



  • Assist the dentist during a variety of treatment procedures.
  • Chart patient information in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Help patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment.
  • Provide patients with instructions for oral care following surgery or other procedures, teaching patients appropriate oral hygiene.
  • Ensure dentist completes notes for patient seen.
  • At the end of shift, work with other interns in the clinic area to ensure all rooms are clean and ready for use the next day.



  • Prepare and maintain dental instruments, supplies and equipment.
  • Properly load sterilizers.
  • Ensure instruments which are sterilized and dry are put in an appropriate place.
  • At end of shift, ensure sterilization area is ready for use the next day.





  • High school diploma or GED
  • A passion for dentistry
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check
  • Valid, current CPR certification
  • Preferred: Previous clinical experience (not required)
  • Preferred: The ability to read, write and verbally communicate complex messages in English and Spanish (not required)




  • Able to deal with people in a manner which shows sensitivity, tact and professionalism.
  • Competent in use of computers; enter, transcribe, record, store or maintain information in either written or electronic form.
  • Able to use cleaning agents, products and equipment.
  • Preference given to bilingual applicants
  • Risks which require the use of special safety precautions and/or equipment, working around operating machines, working with contagious diseases or hazardous chemicals, etc.
  • The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as boxes of supplies.
  • Applicant should be comfortable working with and/or around blood.


The preceding statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.



Send a resume and cover letter to Please ensure your resume includes all relevant clinical and public health experience.

Applications received after Tuesday, September 14, 2021, will not be accepted.

Rev. 9/1/2021

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