Help Others & Learn as a College Volunteer
The University Health System College Volunteer program gives college students the opportunity to fulfill school requirements and get hands-on experience in a healthcare setting, while giving back to the community as an important member of the University care team.
Our mission is to promote the good health of the community by providing the highest quality of care to all of our patients. When you share your time, talents and heart as a volunteer, you support our work in ways that help make a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and our community.
College Volunteer Program
The College Volunteer program is for college students looking for experience in a hospital setting or who need to volunteer as part of a college or university requirement. As a college volunteer, you’ll serve in all areas of the hospital. We require a 50-hour commitment per semester, at a minimum of four hours a day, once a week. Volunteer responsibilities may include:
- Assist organizations engaged in civic responsibilities
- Build a network of healthcare professionals in your career field
- Establish positive healthy habits
- Transform the lives of others
How to Become a College Volunteer
Volunteering is a time commitment as well as a commitment to uphold our mission to providing compassionate, exceptional care to our patients, their families and our community. Our application process can take up to four weeks and includes:
Complete an Application & Submit Additional Documents
You can apply for the college volunteer program online. Along with your application, you’ll need to provide:
- Current driver's license/passport
- Proof of school attendance
- Proof of vehicle registration and current insurance
Complete & Pass Screenings
You’ll need to complete and pass a health screening when you apply and each year after, which includes a mini physical, a urine drug test, a tuberculosis (TB) skin test and a flu shot. All potential volunteers must also pass a criminal background check.
Complete an Interview
Every potential volunteer interviews with our volunteer interview committee member.
Before you can begin volunteering, you must attend a two-hour orientation and training session. You’ll learn important information about the hospital and your volunteer responsibilities.
Purchase Volunteer Uniform
Uniforms help visitors and patients recognize you as a hospital representative who can help when they have questions. Every volunteer wears a uniform that includes:
- Blue polo shirt with a volunteer patch, available for purchase
- Tan or khaki-colored pants
- Closed-toed shoes, worn with ankle-length or longer socks; no hide-away socks
- Picture identification badge that you wear at mid-chest or higher, at all times
As a University volunteer, you receive benefits as a member of our team, including:
- Up to $16 a week towards the University Health System Meal Card program
- 25 percent discount in the hospital cafeteria
- Free annual health screening and flu shot
- Free preferential parking
- Discount VIA monthly pass
- Free ongoing training and hospital sponsored classes