College Volunteer Opportunities

College students (undergraduates) must adhere to the following application schedule:

Session When You Would Volunteer Application Deadline
Fall September - December May 31
Spring January - May October 31
Summer May - August March 31

The College Volunteer Program at Penn Medicine Princeton Health provides an opportunity for those on a career path in the medical field to gain valuable hospital experience while giving back to the local community. Sessions run parallel to traditional school semesters. College Volunteers are expected to complete 50 hours of service through weekly 3-hour shifts.

What makes a good volunteer?

A good volunteer has a friendly, customer-focused attitude and excellent communication skills. In addition to those qualities, Princeton Health is looking for mature individuals, who are responsible, dependable, passionate and committed! Candidates with a willingness to serve, a professional demeanor, and a positive attitude toward staff, patients, and visitors make great volunteers. Medical or clinical experience is not required.

What opportunities are available to college volunteers?

We will discuss your interests and needs during the interview process. Placements are based on organizational need and the qualifications, skills, and background of each individual volunteer. Many college volunteers are assigned to a patient care area where they converse with patients, answer call bells, stock supplies, etc. Non-patient care areas also utilize volunteers and can offer an array of real-life work skills. We encourage students with various interests in healthcare to apply.

Shadowing or observation opportunities are not available.

What is the process for volunteering?

The volunteer selection and placement process is designed to keep our patients, caregivers, and staff safe while providing you with a meaningful, rewarding, and enriching experience. As such, the application process can take 3-5 weeks. Due to the volume of applications received, Volunteer Services may not contact all applicants.

Carefully review the following steps before applying:

Step 1: Complete an online application form — information from two references must be provided on the application form
Step 2: Volunteer Services will contact you to schedule an Interview/Placement Assessment
Step 3: Complete a two-step tuberculosis skin test. Provide documentation of the flu vaccination during flu season or submit an exemption form for approval.
Step 4: Hospital orientation
Step 5: Pass a criminal background check
Step 6: Hands-on assignment training and welcome aboard!