Junior Volunteers

Learn About Healthcare & Helping Others as a Junior Volunteer

The University Health System Junior Volunteer program gives high school students with a heart for helping the opportunity to have valuable experience working in a hospital.

Volunteers are an important part of our healthcare team. They help us deliver on our promise to provide the best care possible to all of our patients. As a junior volunteer, you help support our mission in many different ways, such as:

  • Inspiring others to live a life of service
  • Build the educational foundation for future learning opportunities
  • Impact patients and visitors through meaningful service-learning projects

Junior Volunteer Program

The Junior Volunteer program is a summer program for high school students who are 15 to 17 years old. We’re looking for junior volunteers who:

  • Believe in our mission and want to be part of carrying it out
  • Are interested in learning more about the healthcare field
  • Are looking for hands-on experience that they can use in the future

The program runs June through August and requires:

  • A commitment of 75 hours of service during a four-week period, either Summer l, June 20 – July 13 or Summer ll, July 14 – July 29
  • A mandatory education week, June 20-24
  • Availability to work Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

How to Become a Junior Volunteer

Becoming a junior volunteer requires a commitment of time and a commitment to upholding our mission to provide the best care possible to our patients, families and community. All potential volunteers must complete each requirement of our application process.

Complete an Application

You can apply for the junior volunteer program online beginning Jan. 5, 2016. The deadline for applying for the 2016 summer program is Feb. 5, 2016.

Submit Required Documents

All applications must include additional information that must be returned to the Volunteer Office or postmarked on February 10, 2016 by 5 p.m.

Documents can be mailed to:
Volunteer Services
4502 Medical Drive, MS 63-1
San Antonio, Texas 78229

Required documents include:

  • A 750 word reflective essay
  • Resume
  • Reference letter from a school counselor/administrator on official letterhead. Letter should addresses the following:
    • Character
    • Disciplinary actions
    • Leadership roles
    • Grade point average
    • School attendance
  • Reference letter from a core subject teacher on official letterhead. Letter should address the following:
    • Character
    • Disciplinary actions
    • Leadership roles
    • Grade point average
    • School attendance
  • Reference letter from a community leader/agency that addresses community activity and/or volunteer involvement during 2015

Complete an Interview

Everyone applying to become a junior volunteer must attend an interview. Parents are required to attend as well.

Complete a Health Screening

If you are selected as a junior volunteer, you must complete and pass a health screening, which includes a mini physical, a urine drug test, a tuberculosis (TB) skin test and a flu shot.

Complete Orientation

Before you can begin volunteering, you must attend a four-hour orientation and training session. You’ll learn important information about the hospital and your responsibilities to help you feel confident about your role as a junior volunteer.

Wear Volunteer Uniforms

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
  • Tan or khaki-colored pants
  • Closed-toed shoes, worn with ankle-length or longer socks; no hide-away socks

Volunteer Benefits

As a University volunteer, you receive benefits as a member of our team, including:

  • Up to $16 a week toward the University Health System Meal Card program
  • 25 percent discount in the hospital cafeteria
  • Free health screening and flu shot
  • Discount VIA monthly pass
  • Free hospital-sponsored classes