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 14-week period
  • Attend one half day of hospital training prior to the start of volunteering
  • Complete on-line training modules as required
  • Ability to make two or more scheduled trips to HUP during the orientation process
  • Application, background check, immunizations/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. Summer volunteer will not need a vaccination.
What Assignments Are Available?
  • All assignments are on in-patient care units assisting the staff in day-to-day care of patients and hospital operations
  • Assignments will be selected on a first-come, first served basis after the Immunization & Health Screening form has been received
When Should I Apply?
  • Fall Session (September-December), applications open in June
  • Spring Session (January-May), applications open in October
  • Summer Session (May-August), applications open in February
  • All sessions close when all assignments have been filled
If I Complete An Application, Will I Be Accepted?
  • Due to space constraints, many more students apply than can be assigned a volunteer position
  • Assignments are filled on a first-come, first served basis
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 four courses. 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 session appropriate for the assignment
  • A positive and eager mind ready to learn about working in an academic medical center
I Have Read and Understand All Above Information and Wish to Apply

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