Summer Volunteer

Summer 2019 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 graduated students who wish to volunteer during their summer break.  

The 2019 Summer Program will run from June 3, 2019 through August 30, 2019.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Must be a current High school, Undergraduate or Graduate student
  • 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 2019 Summer Program will be accepted from Friday, March 1, 2019. Please note we will only be accepting the first 100 applications for the program. The application will close after we have 100 applicants, so be sure to complete your application and submit it promptly.

The application process should take approximately 3 to 6 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 
March 1, 2019: Application available online
April 1, 2019: Interviews for the Summer Program will begin
June 3, 2019: Summer Program start date
August 30, 2019: Summer Program end date

Application Process

  1. Submit volunteer application onlineSummer 2019 application 
  2. Submission of two recommender forms
  3. Volunteer Services will invite you to come interview
  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 Year Round 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.

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 (preferred) to [email protected] or fax them to 202-444-0606.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure your recommenders receive the recommendation form.

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. You will receive an invitation to interview via email, along with some important documents you are expected to review prior to your interview and bring with you to your interview.

Step 4:  Occupational Health Clearance

After the interview, Volunteer Services will contact you to schedule an appointment in Occupational Health. All accepted applicants will need to make an appointment to come into Occupational Health. Applicants over 18 will be expected to complete a universal drug screen as part of their health clearance.

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. Orientations are generally held once a month, although special arrangements can be made.

  • ID badge and Volunteer Jacket: Each volunteer is provided an identification badge and jacket to be worn each time he/she volunteers. In addition to identifying you as a volunteer, the badge provides free parking in Garage 1.
  • If you are driving:
    • Parking: As mentioned, badges allow volunteers to exit Garage 1 without paying for their parking.
    • Garage 1: Located at Entrance 2 off of Reservoir Rd
  • 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.
    • 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.)

Service areas available for Summer 2019:

  • Greeters – Many departments utilize volunteers as greeters to assist with patient flow and satisfaction. 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.
  • Wayfinders - Volunteers help MedStar Georgetown patients and their loved ones navigate to their destinations. With the new Surgical Pavilion Building already under construction, our Way Finding Volunteers are vital and will have many opportunities to interact with patients. The volunteers will also be able to connect with staff members in the hospital to help improve patient experience and be a kind first impression. This responsibility is even more important during our current period of construction, as many visitors will be entering the hospital through the Main entrance and may not be familiar with that area of the hospital. Volunteers assist at Concierge Desks and in main intersections of hallways. This may also include transporting patients in wheelchairs (up to a specific weight).
  • 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.