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. Applicants must be 15 years old at the time of the application. 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 work-life experience that they can use in the future
The program runs June through August and requires:
- A commitment of 75 service hours
- A mandatory education week
- A mandatory orientation
- Attend interview and information session
- Availability to work Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- Attend end of summer celebration
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.
Step 1. Complete an Application
Submit an online application beginning December 20, 2019. The deadline for applying is February 7, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.
Returning Junior Volunteers must submit a returning Junior Volunteer application beginning December 20, 2019. The deadline for applying is February 7, 2020 by 4:30 p.m.
Submit Required Documents
Complete application packet must be submitted and postmarked by February 7, 2020 by 4:30 p.m. Supporting documents include:
- A 750 word reflective essay
- Reference must be submitted online
The online application asks to nominate three references and forward a reference URL link to them to complete. Follow the instructions provided in the online application.
- Reference from a school counselor/administrator
- Reference from a core-subject teacher (English, Math, Science and Social Studies)
- Reference from a community leader/agency that includes community and/or volunteer involvement during 2019
Step 2. Complete an Interview and Health Screening
If you are selected as a junior volunteer, you must attend an interview, and complete and pass a health screening, which includes a mini physical, a urine drug test, a tuberculosis (TB) skin test and a flu shot. Parents are required to attend an information session.
Step 3. Complete Orientation
Before you can begin volunteering, you must attend an 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.
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
- Picture identification worn at chest height.
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
- Complimentary hospital-sponsored classes
- Complimentary staff parking