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College Student Volunteers

Applications for student volunteers are currently suspended and will reopen in mid-September. 

Volunteer with other college students and gain new job skills that you can carry into your career! College volunteers include full or part-time undergraduate students. Individuals who are not taking a full course load and have a consistent schedule each semester should volunteer under the Adult Volunteer guidelines, as well as graduate students.

College volunteers register each semester to accommodate class schedule changes. College volunteer positions and times are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis during walk-in registration. View complete list of opportunities for college volunteers.

Important Dates

Update: All college volunteer openings are currently filled. Please check back later in the semester as we may have openings for specific areas.

The new fall 2015 start date for college volunteers is August 24

  • Must be able to volunteer the entire time period

  • Must be able to commit to a shift (usually at least 2-3 hours/week)

  • The online application goes live at 10 a.m. on August 10.

    We will be accepting Sophomores-Seniors! Once the application is open, you may apply.

  • NOTE: We are able to accept transfer students, however, applicants who have not yet attended college cannot be accepted due to the large number of applicants the program receives in the fall.

  • Walk-in Registration - for those applicants who have been accepted: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. on August 17. (Please meet in the lobby of the N.C. Children's Hospital for registration.)

  • Mandatory Orientation - 4th floor Old Clinic Auditorium, August 20, at 5 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Please note: You MUST bring your TB test results less than 1 year old and your immunization form to Registration. To schedule TB Test, please contact UNC Student Health, your family doctor, or local health clinic.
  • Please make sure that you are interested in volunteering and not in shadowing.

Closed Volunteer Areas

August 17, 2015

  • Burn Center
  • Fourth Floor Oncology - Bone Marrow Transplant
  • CPALS/ Pediatric Oncology Clinic
  • CT Scan
  • Emergency Department
  • Employee Recreation
  • GYN/ONC Clinic
  • OT/PT Burn Center
  • OT/PT Pediatric
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic
  • Very limited placements in Pediatric ED and Pediatric Playroom


  • Applicants must be able to commit to volunteering on a weekly basis for 2.5 - 3 hours a week.
  • Applicants must be committed to volunteering for the entire year (at least academic year).
  • Once you've been accepted into the volunteer program, the accepted applicants must turn in all required paperwork at Registration.

Registration Process

Walk-in registration is a one-to-two-day time period where students arrive in person at the Volunteer Services office to submit all required forms. After your application has been accepted, the registration process may take a significant amount of time (2-3 hours) depending on the number of applicants. We ask that you plan a flexible time frame prior to making your registration visit. Students will simply need to walk in during the listed times and we will assist you with your paperwork, then assign a volunteer position for you. Generally, orientation is held the same week or one week later and your volunteering job will begin one to two weeks after registration.

  • All volunteers must bring the TB test results with them to registration. The TB test is required by the hospital and can be obtained at campus health, some pharmacies, or your healthcare provider. The test is read two days after it is administered, please plan ahead of time.
  • In order to be registered, your Immunization Review Form must be completed.
  • The deadlines are set at the beginning of each semester to ensure that you have plenty of time to complete the required minimum hours. Our required orientation is held once at beginning of the semester.

General Questions

  • Where is the Volunteer Services office located?
    We are located on the ground floor of the Main (Memorial) Hospital behind the escalators and dental clinic. You can ask any information desk how to find us if you need to.
  • Do I have to be a UNC-CH student to volunteer in the college program?
    No, students from any college are welcome to apply. We are able to offer parking to non-UNC-CH students only.
  • What if I don’t get the amount of hours required?
    If you do not complete the minimum hours you will be penalized and asked to sit out the next full semester (spring/fall). If you choose to re-register after sitting out a semester, you will have to go through walk-in registration.
  • Can I volunteer after mid-semester? Are there short-term opportunities?
    Unfortunately, no. Our deadlines are set at the beginning of the UNC-Chapel Hill school semester so that you will have enough weeks to complete the required minimum hours. Mandatory orientation is offered each semester.
  • What is the volunteer commitment?
    Volunteers commit to complete a minimum number of hours each semester and to be prompt, courteous, and in good attendance each week for the duration of the semester (though you are not expected to work over breaks or holidays). Our volunteers are committed to being friendly, willing, and go-getters each shift, so we hope you are too!
  • What do I do about parking?
    Parking (free or otherwise) is not available to UNC Chapel Hill students in the hospital parking decks as per the University’s regulations. Many buses go to and from UNC Hospitals and walking or getting a ride are always options. UNC students volunteering after 5 p.m. may try to look for parking in designated lots on campus. Students from other colleges may obtain a free parking pass. More information about transportation options can be found on this site.
  • I am only here for part of the summer or the first summer session, can I still volunteer as long as I volunteer 40 hours?
    Unfortunately, no. We ask that volunteers commit to the whole summer (both summer UNC-CH sessions) so that volunteers get the most out of their experience and can provide service for a significant amount of time. The areas we serve count on a continuous and consistent volunteer throughout both summer sessions. Though, you are welcome to volunteer past the second summer session!

Registration Questions

  • Can I mail in my application?
    No, applications for new volunteers need to completed and submitted online. Before the deadline, usually a week prior to walk-in registration. Returning volunteers will email in their application.
  • Can I register without my TB Test?
    No. All volunteers must bring the TB test results with them to registration. The TB test is required by the hospital and can be obtained at campus health, some pharmacies, or your healthcare provider. The test is read two days after it is administered, so plan ahead! The test results must be read within a year.
  • I took my TB test and it won’t be read in time for registration, can I still register?
    No, you must bring the results with you before you can be registered. But hold on to it for next semester! Results must be within the past year.
  • I have the BCG Vaccine. Do I still need the TB test?
    Yes, you still need a TB test; proof of BCG Vaccine is not sufficient. Applicants must have a TB test result prior to registration, the Quantiferon Gold TB Test or a chest X-ray result within the past few years. BCG vaccine is not guaranteed to protect for a lifetime, so UNCH requires all volunteers and employees to have medical clearance regardless of having the vaccine.
  • I don’t have my medical records here, what do I do?
    In order to be registered, you must have the Immunization Review Form filled out. You can contact your healthcare provider, parent/guardian, or whoever would have a copy of the information you need to complete the form.

Requirements and Process Questions

  • Some areas require juniors and seniors only, but I have experience in that field, can I volunteer in that department?
    Not until you are a junior/senior! Our areas will sometimes have specific guidelines like “only Jr./Sr.” to make sure that you fit their needs and we respect their requirements by not making exceptions. All job criteria are outlined in the College Opportunities List.
  • I can’t come to orientation, what I can do?
    The dates are listed on our website so you can plan ahead and arrange your schedule to be there. You must attend orientation before you can begin. If you can’t make it, please plan to volunteer next semester!
  • Does it cost anything to be a volunteer?
    We ask that volunteers pay $10 to purchase the required uniform polo shirt in order to defray the cost to us.
  • Is there a required uniform?
    Yes, our volunteers are asked to follow the same dress code as employees, in addition to wearing their respective volunteer polos. ID badges must be worn at all times, above the waist. The polo may be paired with pants/long capris or skirts that fall below the knee. No denim, shorts, or open toed-shoes are allowed during volunteer shifts.
  • What about training?
    At registration you will receive a printout with information pertaining to your area, contact liaison, and any special training needed. Before you begin your assignment, you'll receive training for general hospital protocols, safety, and infection control. Each area has a job description that outlines the duties and expectations. Once in your area, you will be given further details about your job duties; some have a separate training and others are on-the-job.
  • I volunteered previously and would like to return. What do I need to do?
    If you sat out a semester because you did not meet the minimum required hours of service, you must come in through walk-in registration. If you are in good standing, have volunteered within the last year, and did not sit out a semester because you failed to meet the minimum hour requirements, you may register with returning volunteers through an email process. An email from the student coordinator is sent a month or two prior to the start of the new semester of volunteering. Exceptions need to be addressed to the Student Coordinator.
  • Can I skip a semester and remain in good standing?
    Yes, at each registration period, emails are sent to returners who volunteered within the past year to register for the coming semester.
  • Who has to get the flu vaccine?
    All volunteers, new and returning, MUST have the flu vaccine in order to volunteer during flu season/spring semester (January-April) . Emails and notices are sent in advance informing students of when and how to turn in documentation of vaccination.

Questions about Opportunities

  • I want a position that is hands-on, what can I do?
    Each job is described in the College Volunteer Opportunities List. Some entail direct contact with patients; others, serving behind the scenes; and still others, assisting families and visitors and providing staff support. There are some jobs that are more clerical or office-related in nature, but there are also quite a few that will give you the opportunity to be more “hands-on” with patients and healthcare providers. Read through the jobs and see which ones might interest you.
  • I’m a part-time student, what volunteer programs are available for me?
    Students who are not taking a full course load and whose schedules do not change by the semester can volunteer under the Adult Volunteer guidelines.
  • I’m a grad student, what volunteer programs are available for me?
    If you are a graduate student and and you will be able to volunteer for at least 6 months, you can apply as an adult volunteer.
  • Can I do more than one volunteer job at a time? Come more than once a week?
    Generally, we only allow new volunteers to work in one service area their first time volunteering. During the summer, if you are a new volunteer, since we have less students, we are better able to accommodate requests for more than one area from new volunteers. If you are a returning volunteer and if it works with the available spots and your schedule, you are allowed to volunteer in more than one area/shift throughout the year. Please make sure though that you have enough time to properly commit to both jobs.
  • Do I always get the volunteer position I want?
    We will do our best to place you in an area that you are interested in, however, please understand that there will be restrictions due to your availability and open positions. To enhance the possibility of placing our volunteers in a position they desire, we ask applicants to provide at least three choices on their application and multiple available times.
  • Are there volunteer positions on the weekends or evenings?
    There are a few areas that can use volunteers after 5 p.m. and/or on weekends, but the more flexible you can be the better. If you sign-up for one of those areas think about how realistic it would be for you to come at night or on the weekends every week. Please check out the Opportunities List for options.

Current Volunteers:
Forgot to Submit Your Hours? Off-site Volunteer?

In case you forgot to log your volunteer hours in at the Volunteer Services kiosk or you volunteer off-site, you may submit hours for the student volunteer programs online.

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