College Volunteer Program

The College Volunteer Program is designed specifically for students looking for an opportunity to partner with healthcare professionals while supporting patients and families in a healthcare environment. Volunteer positions are available throughout the Hospital, each with the goal of ultimately improving the patient and family experience while at CHOP.  Opportunities for college students to volunteer are available three times a year. 

When considering to apply for this program, it is important for volunteer candidates to know that all background checks and the medical clearance must be obtained at the volunteers own cost. In addition, we would like to highlight that volunteer candidates are responsible for obtaining background checks and the medical clearance before applying. All background checks and the medical clearance must be submitted with the volunteer application in order for an application to be considered. Please refer to this webpage for detailed information on how to complete that process.

  • 2015 College Volunteer Program sessions

    February through May

    • Application will be posted on the website on Jan. 5, 2015
    • Application will be removed from the website on  Jan. 9, 2015
    • Mandatory orientation for new volunteers* – Feb. 3, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    June through September

    • Application will be posted on the website on May 4, 2015
    • Application will be removed from the website on May 8, 2015
    • Mandatory orientation for new volunteers* – June 2, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    October through December

    • Application will be posted on the website on Sept. 7, 2015
    • Application will be removed from the website on Sept. 11, 2015
    • Mandatory orientation for new volunteers* – Oct. 6, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    *New Volunteer Orientation is a mandatory requirement for volunteering.

  • Application process for College Volunteer Program

    To make sure you’ve completed every step on the college student volunteer onboarding process, download and complete this onboarding worksheet.

    1. Background checks – Pennsylvania law requires all individuals working with children to complete the following background checks:  FBI Fingerprinting, PA Child Abuse Clearance, Criminal Record Check, and seven-year Social Security Trace. This process can take a couple of weeks to complete. Please have all background checks in hand and ready for submission as part of the volunteer application. College volunteer applications submitted without clearances will not be considered. See instructions for the background check process.
    2. Reference letters – Interested individuals will need to submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation from a professor and/or supervisor. These two letters will be submitted as part of the volunteer application. Microsoft Word or Portable Document Format (PDF) documents will be accepted.
    3. Medical clearance – All volunteers are required to complete a CHOP Medical Clearance Form prior to acceptance into the program. This form can be printed and taken to a medical professional for completion. The CHOP Medical Form must be submitted as part of your application. Only the CHOP Medical Form will be accepted.
    4. Apply online and submit your application with background checks, medical clearance, and letters of reference.
    5. Attend mandatory New Volunteer Orientation
    6. Complete unit/departmental specific training
    7. Start Volunteering!
  • Flexible vs. fixed volunteer scheduling
    • Flexible scheduling –Volunteer different days and times each week, managing your schedule online. This benefits students who require flexibility. We ask that students commit to the same number of required volunteer hours each week.
    • Fixed scheduling – Volunteer the same day and time each week during the entire volunteer experience.  Fixed scheduling benefits students looking for consistency and routine.
  • College Volunteer Program placements

    Bedside Buddy Nursing Program

    In this placement, volunteers collaborate with the nursing department Hospital-wide to support patients and families with one-on-one bedside needs. This placement relies on teamwork; volunteers will work individually and in groups to meet Hospital needs.

    This placement offers fixed and flexible scheduling for four-hour shifts every day of the week:

    • 8 a.m. – noon
    • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • 12 – 4 p.m.
    • 2 – 6 p.m.
    • 4 – 8 p.m.

    Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care

    The Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care opens in the summer of 2015. The Volunteer Services Department is seeking a group of volunteers who will float throughout the entire outpatient building. Volunteers in this role will provide customer service through the Volunteer Welcome Center, provide therapeutic play support, and collaborate with CHOP personnel to meet the day-to-day needs of the outpatients receiving care in the Buerger Center. In addition, volunteers can provide arts and crafts sessions and “read with me” opportunities.

    This placement offers fixed and flexible scheduling for four-hour shifts, Monday through Friday:

    • 8 a.m. – noon
    • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • 12 – 4 p.m.
    • 2 – 6 p.m.

    Child Life support

    Volunteers play a crucial role in the support of the Child Life profession within the Hospital’s inpatient units and outpatient areas. When volunteering in this role, a volunteer can expect to engage in play and activities at the bedside with a patient, support playroom activities, and assist with the important role of toy cleaning in order to eliminate the chance of infection. This role allows volunteers to partner with a member of the Child Life staff to normalize the Hospital environment for patients and families.

    This placement offers flexible and fixed scheduling for varying three-hour shifts every day of the week.

    Galaxy 51-Seacrest Studios

    Galaxy 51 is the patient television network found on channel 51 of any CHOP television. Programming allows children and staff to WATCH, LISTEN, and PLAY from the Hospital bedside or LIVE in Seacrest Studios, the multimedia studio located in the Hospital’s Colket Atrium. Patients are also encouraged to work with the GALAXY 51 team to create and produce their very own projects from video diaries to music videos. 

    Volunteers in this role assist patients with engaging in programming at bedside, in unit playrooms, and in the studio such as promoting tune-in with flyer distribution, hosting watch parties, assisting with call in song requests and shout outs, assisting in game play, or bringing patients to the studio from their rooms. 

    This placement offers fixed scheduling for varying three hours during the studio’s hours of operation: Monday and Wednesday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

    Greeter

    This new volunteer role enhances the experience of patients and families visiting the Hospital. Volunteers in this role partner with the Wayfinding volunteer to provide a welcoming environment for the often overwhelmed patient, family and/or visitor. This is a great opportunity for volunteers who specialize in customer service. Volunteers are stationed in key areas of the Hospital to provide a warm and friendly welcome.

    This placement offers fixed and flexible scheduling for four-hour shifts every day of the week:

    • 8 a.m. – noon
    • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • 12 – 4 p.m.
    • 2 – 6 p.m.

    School program

    Volunteers in this role collaborate with certified teachers throughout the Hospital to deliver school services to patients at CHOP. This is a great opportunity for adults with a teaching background.

    This placement offers flexible and fixed scheduling for varying three-hour shifts every day of the week.

    Wayfinder

    This new volunteer role enhances the experience of patients and families visiting the Hospital. Volunteers in this role partner with the welcome desk staff to provide a welcoming environment for the often overwhelmed patient, family, and/or visitor, escorting them to their destination anywhere throughout the CHOP campus. This is a great opportunity for volunteers who specialize in customer service.

    This placement offers fixed and flexible scheduling for four-hour shifts every day of the week:

    • 8 a.m. – noon
    • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • 12 – 4 p.m.
    • 2 – 6 p.m.