Direct Relief relies upon the talents and contributions of volunteers to assist with many activities, including clerical and administrative support, program research, editorial tasks, public outreach, warehouse inventorying, and event hospitality.

Direct Relief’s volunteer opportunities are offered at its facilities in Santa Barbara, California.

Throughout the year, a limited number of intern positions are available at Direct Relief’s Santa Barbara, California headquarters.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities and internships at Direct Relief, please contact us.

Volunteer Application
Internship Application


Q: Does Direct Relief send volunteers overseas?
A: Direct Relief’s staff works actively with local, in-country partners. Volunteer opportunities take place at the headquarters in Santa Barbara, CA.

Q: Can medical professionals volunteer for Direct Relief?
A: Direct Relief sends medical material aid to our partners, who are in-country medical professionals. The organization is not sending medical professionals overseas at this time.

Q: What is the term of a volunteer opportunity?
A: Volunteer opportunities range in length depending on the project and flexibility of the volunteer. They can range from a few weeks or months to much longer, depending on the scope of the project and the volunteer’s availability.