Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

College Volunteer Program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The program is designed to expose students interested in a career in clinical care to the operations of a world-class medical center. Volunteers will have a chance to interact with patients, observe clinicians and support hospital staff.

You Would Make a Good Volunteer If You...
  • Have an interest in pursuing a career in a medical field
  • Are mature and willing to adhere to hospital policies and procedures
  • Have a professional and positive attitude about your commitment to the hospital, its patients and visitors
  • Are 18+ years old
What We Offer
  • Exposure to patient care in a premier hospital
  • Service to your community
  • Opportunity to gain a letter of recommendation for participation in an elite hospital program after completing 96 hours of service
What We Do Not Provide
  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Reimbursement for costs associated with the volunteer application process
  • Medical or clinical training
  • Course credits or internships
What We Require
  • Commitment to a minimum of 12 (4) hour shift over a 13-week period between September 11-December 19
  • Attend one half day of hospital training between September 3-9 prior to the start of volunteering. Dates of training are to be determined.
  • Complete on-line training modules as required
  • Ability to make two or more scheduled trips to HUP during the orientation process
  • Application, evaluations from academic advisors, immunization/vaccination records
  • During flu season, all volunteers are required to receive a flu vaccination between September and December. HUP will offer the vaccination free of charge.
What Assignments Are Available?
  • Please review a sample of assignments that may be available
  • Assignments will be selected on a first-come, first served basis after the application process has closed
When Should I Apply?
  • Applications for the Fall Session will be accepted from July 14–August 15 or until a sufficient number of applications have been received
  • An application is not considered complete until all of the following have been received:
    • On-line application
    • Immunization & TB screening form
      • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
      • Varicella (chickenpox)
      • Tuberculosis (PPD test or equivalent)
  • Two Skill Surveys returned by advisors, faculty mentors or supervisors
If I Complete An Application, Will I Be Accepted?
  • Only applications that have submitted ALL documentation by the assigned date will be invited to choose an assignment
  • Due to space constraints, many more students apply than can be assigned a volunteer position
  • Due to scheduling constraints, an assignment days and times may be incompatible to your schedule
What Do I Need For Training and Orientation?
  • On-line training is completed through Knowledge Link using your Penn ID. Applicants are required to complete five courses by September 15. Each course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
  • On-site orientation will take place at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. All volunteers must attend one of the following sessions:
    • Dates to be determined. Two sessions will take place, one on a weekend and one on a week day evening, between September 3 and 9.
I Have Read and Understand All Above Information and Wish to Apply

We are no longer accepting applications for the fall session. The next opportunity to apply will be in October for the spring session.

Questions About Volunteering?

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Volunteer Services at 215-662-2576 or