Summer Volunteer

Summer 2020 Volunteering Program Details

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital welcomes students each summer and provides them the opportunity to assist and support various areas of the hospital during their time away from school. Summer volunteers are expected to serve approximately 8 hours/week for a period of 8 weeks. The program usually runs for about 13 weeks from early-June to late-August, to allow both high school and college students to easily participate in the program.

This program is open to all high school students (age 16 or older), undergraduate students, and graduate students who wish to volunteer during their summer break.  

The 2020 Summer Program will run from June 1st, 2020 through August 28th, 2020.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be at least 16 years old by June 15th 2020
  • Able to commit to a minimum of 64 hours during the 13 week period
  • Submit all application materials on time
  • Complete an onsite interview
  • Complete all required clearances
  • Complete a Volunteer Orientation

Application Deadlines

Applications for the 2020 Summer Program will be accepted beginning Monday, March 2nd, 2020. Please note we will only be accepting the first 125 applications submitted for the program. The application will close after we have 125 applicants, so be sure to complete your application and submit it promptly. If you click the application link below and are taken to the application, we have not yet met our limit of 125 applications.     

The application process should take approximately 3 to 5 weeks depending on the timeliness of your submission of application materials. Once accepted into the program, applicants will have two weeks to complete all required paperwork to continue processing their applications.

Important Dates 
March 2nd 2020: Application available online
April 6th 2020: Interviews for the Summer Program will begin
June 1st 2020: Summer Program start date
August 28th 2020: Summer Program end date

Application Process

  1. Submit volunteer application onlineSummer 2020 application 
  2. Submission of two recommender forms
  3. Interview with a member of our Volunteer Services team.
  4. Make appointment to visit Occupational Health for clearance
  5. Complete background check if aged 18 or older
  6. Attend Volunteer Orientation Session and Assignment Specific Orientation if applicable

Step 1: Submit Year Round Volunteer Application

Complete the Summer 2020 Volunteer Application online. Applications will remain on file for 2 weeks and will not be considered complete until both recommender forms are submitted. Once the complete application is received, Volunteer Services will review the application, the strength of the recommendations, the current needs of the hospital, and availability of applicant to determine whether the applicant will be invited for an interview. Please click here to apply.

Step 2: Recommender Forms

  • Identify two recommenders to complete a recommender form on your behalf. Provide your recommenders with the recommender form and/or the link to access the form on our web page. Recommendation forms must be submitted no later than two weeks from the date you submit your online application to be considered.
  • Recommenders should send completed Recommender Forms directly to Volunteer Services via email to [email protected]
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure your recommenders receive the recommendation form. We will not send the form to your recommenders.

Step 3: Interview with Volunteer Services

The Volunteer Services department will interview all candidates who exemplify the traits we are seeking in our volunteers and who may fit a current need. Interviews will take place at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, in the Volunteer Services office. You will receive an invitation to interview via email, along with some important documents you are expected to review and complete prior to your interview. Please bring these forms with you to your interview.

Step 4:  Occupational Health Clearance

All accepted applicants will need to be cleared to begin serving by Occupational Health. Volunteer Services will work with applicants to schedule an appointment in Occupational Health for health clearance once applicant has the provided health forms completed and signed by a physician. Please refrain from submitting health documents to Volunteer Services directly, as these forms will need to be submitted to Occupational Health during the scheduled health clearance appointment.

Step 5:  Background Check

MedStar Georgetown utilizes a third party to conduct background checks of all volunteers 18 years of age and older. 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 prompt in the email within one week, as the link will expire.)

Step 6:  Orientation & Getting Started:

After you have been accepted, and all screenings are cleared, you will be required to attend an orientation session prior to beginning your service. This orientation session is mandatory and will be the final step in preparing to volunteer at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Orientation sessions for the 2020 Summer Volunteer Program will be held in May & June.  

Examples of Service Areas Available for Summer 2020:

  • Greeters & Patient Escorts – Many departments utilize volunteers as greeters and escorts to assist with patient flow and navigating the campus. As a greeter you may be assigned to an inpatient unit, an outpatient clinic, or diagnostic radiology department, and your role would be supporting both the patients and the associates of that department. Great opportunity to seek shadow observing opportunities!
  • Surgical Waiting Room – Assist in facilitating communication between the Operating Room staff and the loved ones waiting for patients to complete procedures.
  • Guest Services – Assist the hospital concierge associates in providing information and directions to patients and visitors.
  • Child Life – Volunteers are a vital part of the Child Life Department, as they assist in normalizing life for our pediatric inpatients. Responsibilities include playing with the children, cleaning toys for reuse, watching movies, creating art, helping with homework, or assisting the Child Life Specialist with various projects and initiatives within the program. Some of the children are very ill and their physical appearance may be evidence of this, i.e., the patients may have lost hair, have an IV, be unable to get out of their bed or leave their room. All volunteers assigned to Child Life must be at least 18 years old and have previous experience working with children.

Contact the Department of Volunteer Services

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

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Walk-in Hours: Appointments available upon request.