Year Round Volunteer

Year Round Volunteering

 

Year round volunteers are essential to the continued operation of MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. They make a serious long term commitment to dedicate their valuable time, energy and skills to the hospital's patients, families and associates.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Commit to a minimum of 100 hours a year (4 hours per week)
  • Submit all application materials on time
  • Interview with a member of our Volunteer Services Department 
  • Complete clearances (if applicable)
  • Attend a General Volunteer Orientation session
  • Specialized Program-based Orientation (if applicable)

Application Deadlines

Applications for the Year Round program are being accepted from August 8th, 2016 through September 9th, 2016. 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. Applicants who have not submitted all required materials within the two week timeframe may no longer be considered for the program. Please note, the program may reach capacity before the application period has ended, so submitting required materials quickly is strongly advised.

Important Dates

  • August 8th, 2016: Application available online
  • September 9th, 2016: Last day to submit online application
  • August 29th – September 23rd: Interviews 

Application Process

  1. Identify and facilitate the submission of two recommender forms.
  2. Submit volunteer application online (Available August 8th, 2016).
  3. Schedule an interview
  4. Complete additional screening requirements if over 18 years old (Drug screen, Tuberculosis screening if necessary, Background check)
  5. Attend an Orientation Session

Step 1: Be informed

Becoming a volunteer is a big commitment. Volunteers are truly members of the MedStar Georgetown family and we rely on them to help us strive for excellent patient care. We encourage you to research the volunteer program to ensure it is the right fit for you. Read through the entire volunteer section of the MedStar Georgetown website to gain a clear understanding of the application process, requirements and deadlines.

For a complete description of all volunteer opportunities available, click here.

Tips for Navigating the Volunteer Application Process Successfully

  1. Be consistent by using your legal name on all submitted documents including documents submitted on your behalf. Be sure the name used by recommenders is consistent with your application submission. 
  2. Submit your health clearance form to your primary care provider as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for it to be completed and returned. The completed health clearance form (complete with a physical and Tuberculosis screen within the last 12 months) will need to be received by volunteer services before you will be able to complete steps 5 & 6 of the application process.
  3. Remind your recommenders of the deadline for submission and follow up with them to ensure they submit the forms. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure recommendation forms are received within two weeks of the application submission. 
  4. Be sure to check your junk mail. Mass communications for the department can sometimes be filtered incorrectly by email carriers. 

Step 2: Apply

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

Step 3: Interview with Volunteer Services

The Volunteer Services department will interview all candidates who exemplify the traits we are seeking in our volunteers. Interviews will take place at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital over the course of several days. You will be contacted for an interview once your 2 recommendation forms have been received. You will not be contacted for an interview prior to both recommendations being received. Prior to your interview, you will receive some paperwork via email that you will be asked to bring with you to your interview.

Step 4: Notification and Clearance

After the interview, Volunteer Services will contact you with a decision and final steps. All accepted applicants over the age of 18 years old will be instructed to complete the following steps within two weeks of acceptance into the MedStar Georgetown Volunteer Program:

  • Schedule and take Drug Test and TB Screen if necessary
    • These tests are scheduled through Volunteer Services. They are administered at no cost to our applicants and volunteers at our Occupational Health Office located on the Ground Floor of the Bles building.
  • Complete Background Check online (18+ years)
    • MedStar Georgetown 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 one week, as the link will expire.)

Step 5: Orientation & Getting Started

When all other parts of your application are complete and you have received notification that you have been accepted into the Volunteer Program, you will be required to attend an orientation session. This orientation session is mandatory and will be the final step in preparing to volunteer at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. You will be contacted directly with a list of all scheduled orientations. You will need to RSVP for which Orientation session you plan to attend.

  • 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: MedStar Georgetown provides shuttle transportation for MedStar Georgetown affiliates from various metro stations and city stops across the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia area. View a complete list of stops and more information regarding MedStar Georgetown shuttles.

Annual Volunteer Clearances

Each year volunteers are required to update their Tuberculosis Screenings 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 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 MedStar Georgetown. Volunteer Services will notify volunteers of updates via email and will provide all necessary paperwork and information.

Flu Vaccination: All volunteers who volunteer from September 1st will need to get a flu vaccination. Instructions are sent out with this information, but the vaccination can be completed at MedStar Georgetown or at another location. If you choose to complete the flu vaccination at another location, you will need to submit proof of vaccination to Volunteer Services.

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