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 8-week program available.
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 smock/jacket ($30)
- Wear all white when on duty
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 every week for 26 weeks (minimum of 40 hours)
During the summer break, you must commit to:
- 4-hour shift every week for 8 weeks (minimum of 30 hours)
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. This program includes some paid, as well as volunteer, internships.
Applications are accepted once a year beginning March 1. Applications remain open until all volunteer positions are filled.
You must submit a letter of recommendation with your online application.