Summer Volunteer

Program Deadlines

Summer program volunteers play a key role in the continued operation of the hospital during a critical time period when the hospital is in most need of assistance. They make a serious commitment to dedicate their valuable free time, energy and skills to the hospital’s patients, families and associates.

The summer program runs from June 27, 2016 through August 12, 2016.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Commit to a minimum of 64 hours during the 8 week period (8 hours/week)
  • Submit all application materials on time
  • Complete an onsite interview
  • Complete a Volunteer Orientation
  • Complete clearances where applicable

Application Deadlines

Applications for the Summer program are accepted from April 15 – May 15. The application process should take approximately four to six weeks depending on the timeliness of your submission of application materials. Once accepted into the program, you will have two weeks to complete all remaining application materials, tests and health screenings.

Important Dates
April 15, 2016: Application Available Online
May 15, 2016: Last day to submit online application
May 27, 2016: Last day for volunteer interviews & health clearance form submissions
June 10, 2016: All additional requirements due

Application Process

  1. Identify and facilitate the submission of two recommender forms.
  2. Submit volunteer application online
  3. Complete onsite interview.
  4. Submit Health Clearance Form (Applicant must bring completed health clearance form to interview).
  5. Complete Volunteer Orientation Session and Assessments.
  6. Complete additional requirements if over 18 years old (Drug test, additional Tuberculosis test (TB), security clearance).

Step 1: Be informed
Becoming a volunteer is a big commitment. We encourage you to research the volunteer program to ensure it is the right fit for you. Read through the entire volunteer section of this website to gain a clear understanding of the application process and requirements. For a complete description of all volunteer opportunities available, click here.

Step 2: Apply
Complete submission of the Application Package within two weeks. The application package includes the following materials:           

  • Summer Online Application
    • Complete the Summer Volunteer Application online. Applications will remain on file and will not be reviewed until both recommender forms are submitted.  Once the complete application package is received, Volunteer Services will review the application. The strength of the recommendations and application will determine whether the applicant will proceed to the next step of the application process.

Step 3: Interview Process
It is recommended that you submit the Health Clearance Form to your primary physician or other health care provider as soon as possible to ensure it is received in time for your scheduled interview. The health clearance form will be collected during the interview.

  • Schedule Interview
    • A Volunteer Services representative will contact you to schedule an interview using the contact information provided in your application. Please be sure to include a working email address and the best phone number to reach you during business hours (Monday-Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm).
  • Complete & Submit Health Clearance Form
    • This form should be completed by a health care professional outside of MGUH. The physician should review the individuals’ history and sign off that the individual has completed or shown proof of:
      • Immunity to Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Chicken Pox
      • Provide results of a Tuberculosis test (TB) within the last 12 months
      • Provide the date of last physical within the last 12 months

Step 4: Notification and Clearance
After the interview, Volunteer Services will contact you with a decision and final steps. All accepted applicants will be instructed to complete the following steps within two weeks of acceptance into the MGUH Volunteer Program:

  • Complete Volunteer Orientation Session and Assessments
    • This is a requirement for all prospective volunteers. The orientation will cover information on policies and procedures of the hospital, proper volunteer etiquette, proper hand hygiene and other information regarding the facilities.
    • More information on the orientation will be provided via email once accepted into the program.
  • Schedule and take Drug Test and second TB test (18+ years)
    • These tests are scheduled through Volunteer Services and are administered at no cost to our applicants and volunteers at our Occupational Health Office located in the Main building of the MGUH hospital, room M418.              
  • Complete Security Clearance online (18+ years)
    • MGUH utilizes a third party to conduct background checks of all volunteers over 18 years of age. An electronic request will be sent from the third party directly to the email address listed in your application. (Please be sure to respond to the prompts in the email within two weeks, as the link will expire.)

Step 5: Welcome to the Team!
Once the application process is complete and Volunteer Services clears the volunteer for service, the volunteer and department/special program coordinator will be notified via email that the individual is ready to begin.

  • ID badge and Volunteer Jacket: Each volunteer is provided a badge and jacket to be worn each time he/she volunteers.  In addition to identifying you as a volunteer, the id badge can be used as a free parking pass allowing you to park in a designated parking lot during your scheduled shifts at the hospital.
  • Transportation:
    • Parking: As mentioned, volunteer id badges can be used to park at no cost to the volunteer in one of the following garages:
      • Garage 1: Located at Entrance 2
      • Leavey Center Garage: Located at Entrance 1
    • Public Transportation: MGUH provides shuttle transportation for MGUH affiliates from various metro stations and city stops across the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia area. For a complete list of stops and more information regarding MGUH shuttles, please click here.

Annual Volunteer Clearances

Each year volunteers are required to update their PPD tests and flu vaccinations.

Annual Tuberculosis Screening: This screening needs to be completed by the end of the month following the volunteer’s birthday. Example: If the individual’s birthday is August 20th, he/she would have until September 31st to complete the screening. For the annual screening, only one TB test will be required and can be completed outside of MGUH. Volunteer Services will notify volunteers of updates via email and will provide all necessary paperwork and information.

Flu Vaccination:  All volunteers who volunteer from October 1st to April 1st are required to receive this vaccination. Instructions are sent out in late September with this information, but the vaccination can be completed at MGUH or at another location.

Contact the Department of Volunteer Services

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
3800 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
CCC Building Room 3402
202-444-5545
[email protected]

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Walk-in Hours: Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon