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High School Volunteers

Discover new interests, meet new people and learn to be a leader while volunteering! Students in high school will be impacted through meaningful experiences and gain valuable job skills right here in our community. High school volunteers will have the opportunity to work in many areas. Some examples include:

  • Gift Shop
  • Central Distribution
  • Nursing Units
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Medical Engineering
  • Beacon Program
  • Newspaper Delivery
  • Farmers Market

This program is open to students who are at least 14 years of age and have completed their freshman year of high school. Due to the intensive nature of our training process, applicants are accepted for the entire summer program; we are unable to offer short-term volunteering.

2015 Summer Junior Program Dates


June 15 - August 7

      • High School applications are accepted January 1 - March 7; they must be postmarked by March 7. This date is new due to inclement weather.
      • Interviews and placements will be conducted April 1 to May 31
      • Orientation will be held June 4 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Requirements

  • Summer volunteers must be at least 14 years of age by June 1 and enrolled in the 9th grade or higher – we do not accept rising 9th graders.
  • In order to become a volunteer during the academic year, volunteers are required to work during a summer session first.
  • Student volunteering during the academic year must be able to work immediately after school (by 4:30 p.m.) until 6 p.m.
  • Summer volunteers should be available to work between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Volunteers work in two shifts, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., - 4 p.m. A majority of our volunteers will work both a morning and afternoon shift
  • Applicants must be available one day a week (Monday-Friday) to volunteer. Limited weekend opportunities available.
  • Summer volunteers must be able to commit to volunteering on their scheduled day for at least seven weeks during the summer session.
  • Applicants will need to comply with the dress code which includes a purchase a volunteer polo shirt for $10 to wear with khaki pants.
  • Applicants will need to attend a mandatory orientation session.
  • Applicants must submit all required paperwork from orientation on their first day of volunteering.

Application Process and Required Forms

Applicants need to complete all of the following steps in order to volunteer at UNC Medical Center. Please note that the steps needed to become a volunteer are listed in the order that they must be completed.

  1. Make sure that you meet all of the requirements for High School Volunteers and read the Introduction Letter.
  2. Complete Application and Questionnaire sheet thoroughly. One sentence per question is not sufficient. If all questions are not answered, your application will not be considered. You must have a Parent/Guardian signature.
  3. Give Junior Volunteer Reference Form to someone who knows you in an academic or professional capacity to complete. This means a teacher, counselor, principal, or employer. Family members, friends of the family, or neighbors are not appropriate references. Ask them to have your reference form placed in a sealed envelope and hand it back to you to put with your application to be submitted at the same time. Only one form is necessary.
  4. Mail your completed application including the Application, Questionnaire and Reference Form to UNC Medical Center, Volunteer Services, 101 Manning Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
  5. After your application is received, you may be contacted for a personal interview by April or May. Unfortunately due to the volume of applicants we are unable to interview all candidates.
  6. If you are selected for an interview, please come prepared with what day(s) of the week you are available. All interviews are held at Volunteer Services, Ground Floor, Memorial Hospital.
  7. Once you are selected to volunteer, complete your Immunization and Tuberculosis Review Form to be turned in on your first day of volunteering.
  8. Obtain a current TB Skin Test. It can be done at your local health department or family doctor. It takes 48 hours to read the results, so plan ahead.
  9. Attend orientation and begin volunteering!

General Questions

  • Where is the Volunteer Services office located?
    We are located on the ground floor of the Memorial Hospital behind the escalators and dental clinic. You can ask any information desk how to find us if you need to. Our mailing address is Department of Volunteer Services, 101 Manning Dr., Chapel Hill, NC. 27514.
  • How do I become a volunteer?
    Applicants need to complete all of the following steps on our Application and Required Forms section in order to volunteer at UNC Medical Center. Please note that the steps needed to become a volunteer are listed in the order that they must be completed.
  • How old must I be to volunteer?
    The Junior Volunteer program is open to high school students ages 14-18 that are enrolled in the 9th grade or higher (not rising 9th graders).
  • How many hours do I have to volunteer per semester?
    For the academic semesters, you must be committed to volunteering 1.5-2 hours a week during the fall and/or spring semesters. For the summer session, you must volunteer 7 weeks of the program and complete a minimum of 45 hours to remain in good standing.
  • Can I start volunteering at any time? Are there short-term opportunities?
    Unfortunately, no. We also only offer orientation once at beginning of the summer session, which is mandatory before you may volunteer. Because of the time and cost it takes to register/train volunteers, commitments are long-term (at least a summer session).
  • What is the volunteer commitment?
    Volunteers commit to complete a minimum number of hours each semester (1.5-2/week in the academic year and 45 total in the summer) and to be prompt, courteous, and in good attendance each week for the duration of the semester; you are not expected to work over certain 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?
    High school volunteers may park free in the hospital parking deck and will receive a parking hang tag.
  • I am graduating from High School, should I be in the High School Volunteer Program or College Program over the summer?

    Graduating Seniors are placed in the High School Program because the College Summer Program begins before High School students finish school for the year.

Registration Questions

  • How long is the registration process?
    For the summer session: applications for new volunteers are accepted from early January to early March, with rolling interviews in April/May, and orientation the beginning of June. Be sure to check the main page for High School Volunteers for exact deadlines and dates. Only returning summer volunteers are able to volunteer during the academic year.
  • Can I mail in my application?
    Yes! Mail or hand deliver your completed application including the Application and Questionnaire and Reference Form to Volunteer Coordinator, UNC Medical Center, Volunteer Services, 101 Manning Dr., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
  • What is this TB test that I need?
    The TB test is required of all volunteers before they may begin volunteering. Once you are accepted into the program, you will need to get the test done and read (it will take 48 hours) and bring the results with you to your first day of volunteering. You can also get the QuantiFERON TB Gold test. The TB test needs to be less than a year old as of the day you start.
  • I have the BCG Vaccine; do I still need the TB test?
    Yes, proof of BCG Vaccine is not sufficient. Applicants must have a TB test result less than a year old or a chest X-ray within the past few years.

Requirements and Process Questions

  • I can’t make orientation, what I can do?
    The dates are listed above so you can plan ahead and arrange your schedule to be there. It is imperative that you attend an orientation before you begin volunteering. It is a mandatory requirement of the Joint Commission of Healthcare Organizations.
  • Does it cost anything to be a volunteer?
    We ask that volunteers pay $10 to purchase the required uniform polo shirt to help defray the costs to the Medical Center.
  • Is there a required uniform?
    Yes. There is a required uniform polo shirt which you purchase in our office for $10. Additionally, Junior Volunteers must wear khaki pants or skirts longer than knee length and closed-toed shoes.
  • What about training?
    Before you begin your assignment, you'll receive training at orientation 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.
  • What are the interviews about? Does everyone get one? Why are they done?
    This is a popular program, and there are limited spaces available. The interview gives us an opportunity to meet each other and for you to see the medical center environment. It might help you decide if this is the right place for you to volunteer, and we can be assured that we are accepting students who will be well-suited and committed to the program. Unfortunately, not everyone will be contacted for an interview due to the amount of applications we receive. If you don’t receive an interview or position, we encourage you to reapply the next summer.
  • What if I don’t know my family vacation dates when I submit my summer application?

    You need to make sure you are available for at least 7 weeks during the summer session. If you are planning a family vacation, trip to the beach, sports camp, etc. that will not allow you to meet your obligation, please apply to volunteer when you are able to make this commitment.

Questions about Opportunities

  • I want a position that is hands-on, what can I do?
    Although High School Volunteers are not given the option of choosing which position they would like to be assigned, placement is a collaborative process. The Volunteer Services staff will place you in a position that we believe will best suit your interests and also the needs of the service area.
  • Can I do more than one volunteer day at a time?
    For new volunteers, we are unable to assign more than one volunteer day. This allows us to let as many interested young volunteers experience the hospital setting. For some returning volunteers, if there is availability, we will make every effort to place you in more than one position.
  • Do I always get the volunteer position I want?
    We will try our best to place you in an area that you are interested in and hope that you are open to helping us out where we need it most. While the position is assigned, we will take into consideration your interests and preferences.
  • Are there volunteer positions on the weekends or evenings?
    Our time frames are as follows: One day a week (Monday-Friday) to volunteer with very limited weekend opportunities.
    Academic Year Volunteers: Immediately after school (by 4:30 at the latest) until 6/6:30 p.m.
    Summer Volunteers: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • What if I volunteered last summer and I want to come back?
    You will receive an application in January from the Student Coordinator about registering for summer volunteering. We want you back!
  • Do you offer the opportunity to shadow physicians or observe in a clinical setting?

    Volunteer Services does not arrange shadowing. Interested parties must contact Hospital Departments individually to set up shadow experiences. View shadowing forms and guidelines.

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.

Contest: The Many Faces of Mental Health

High school volunteers or the children, age 14 - 18, of UNC Hospitals employees are encouraged to create a visual presentation that explains what mental illness means to them. They may use any medium -- e.g., pottery, essay, photo, film, sculpture. Please be sure that they mark their projects with their name and submit their work to Jodie Skoff in Volunteer Services, located on the ground floor of N.C. Memorial Hospital. All projects are due Aug., 14, and winners will be selected on Aug. 18 by the Nursing Diversity Council.

Questions? Contact Heather Doerr-Jarosz at 984-974-7674. View flyer for more information.

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