High School Student Volunteers


If you're interested in a career in healthcare, the experience of volunteering at a hospital is invaluable. As a high school student, the opportunity to interact with patients and healthcare staff is a rewarding way to learn firsthand how a large medical center operates. Note that during the summer break there is a more intensive 7-week program available.

What to Expect

You can choose either clinical (patient care) or clerical (administrative) volunteer assignments. As a student volunteer, your duties may include:

  • Answering patient phone calls 
  • Delivering flowers and amenities  
  • Performing data entry and filing 
  • Assisting with meal trays 
  • Helping new patients get oriented 
  • Running errands for administrative staff

High school student volunteers must be 14–18 years old and enrolled in high school. You will also need to:

  • Submit your application and letter of recommendation 
  • Attend teen and parent information session 
  • Attend teen volunteer orientation 
  • Receive initial and annual health evaluations 
  • Get annual flu vaccine 
  • Purchase volunteer jacket ($30) 
  • Wear the volunteer uniform

To participate in the student volunteer program, you must dedicate a certain number of hours each week for a set number of weeks. The time commitment varies, depending on whether school is in session.

During the school year, you must commit to:

  • 2-hour shift for 26 weeks (minimum of 40 hours)

During the summer break, you must commit to:

  • 3-hour shift for 7 weeks (minimum of 21 hours)

Roles & Responsibilities

High school students do not perform research or assist medical personnel with procedures. If you wish to gain experience in medical research, please view the High School Students in Research Program.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted once a year and remain open until all volunteer positions are filled.

You must submit a letter of recommendation with your online application.


Have Questions or Need Help?

Contact the Volunteer Services team Monday through Friday by phone, or send us a message.

Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Pacific time