Jefferson University Hospitals

Volunteer High School Programs

Thank you for your interest in volunteering! 

The High School Program for summer 2019 is now closed. Those who are selected will be contacted for an interview. The program application process will reopen in April 2020. 

Due to the high number of applications we receive for this program each year, we will conduct a lottery system to select candidates for this summer. The Volunteer Services Staff will select the number of volunteers needed (based on the number of returning volunteers from last summer).

Current high school students who are 14 to 18 years of age are eligible to volunteer. High School students volunteer from the end of June until the end of August and usually work two 4-hour shifts per week. It is not possible to work longer shifts several days a week to complete your hours in a shorter amount of time. Placements are available in many areas.

Volunteers must be available for at least six weeks during July and August (plan vacation time accordingly).

All potential volunteers need to complete an online application and MUST download and complete the High School Volunteer Resume we provide in order to be considered. To start the application process, go to, and search for "High School Volunteer."

In the resume, please specify the volunteer options you prefer from the list below. You will upload this resume when the online application process asks you for a resume.

Some first year high school student volunteers may not get to work in the department they wish due to our large number of volunteers. Also, sometimes we like you to work one summer in the hospital to get experience before we give you more challenging assignments.

The highlight of the summer volunteer program for high school students is a Career Day held in late August. During this event Jefferson doctors, nurses and students speak about their areas of expertise. At this time, our young volunteers have the opportunity to ask questions. We appreciate the effort required to become a Jefferson volunteer, and we offer this day to help you with your pursuit of a career in the medical field.

Our volunteer coordinators will work with you to select the setting where you feel you can most contribute. You can choose from the following options:

  • Clinical – work directly with patients and clinical staff to provide an optimal patient experience
  • Clerical – assist Jefferson staff in one of our many departments and help with general office work, customer service and much more
  • Service – deliver newspapers, sell candy, escort patients and family members among other critical responsibilities that help us make visitors to Jefferson feel at home