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College Student Program

Program Update (July 13, 2020): Due to Covid-19 we will be limiting our recruitment activities until further notice to allow our existing volunteers to gradually return to service. We are continuously monitoring our needs for onboarding new volunteers and ask that you continue to check our website for updated information regarding volunteering with the Friends of Strong. Thank you and we look forward to opening up active recruiting as soon as we are able to do so.

Students currently enrolled in college are eligible to participate for three to four hours weekly for one and two semesters the traditional Friends of Strong Summer College program will be suspended for the time being.  Please check our website for updates.


  • Schedule a personal interview with one of our volunteer coordinators. You will learn about available volunteer opportunities at this meeting.
  • Participate in a health appointment with URMC's Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (There is no charge for this, nor need to schedule. All arrangements will be made for you through Friends of Strong.)
  • Commit to a minimum of three to four hours of volunteer activities per week for one semester. Some departments require a two-semester commitment.
  • Able to communicate clearly and fluently in English.
  • After the group, personal and health appointments, you may also be required to attend an orientation session for the department where you are assigned.
  • Agree to submit to a background check and any additional requirements that are mandated by the University of Rochester.

Frequently asked questions for college student volunteers

How do I get started?
Contact our receptionist at (585) 275-2420 and ask when our next group information session will be scheduled.
I don't have many classes this semester. How much time can I volunteer per week?
That would depend on the number of volunteers and opportunities we have available at any given time.
Can I volunteer any time I want?
Volunteer shifts may vary depending on the type of position we match you with. Currently, most placements occur during weekday hours, Monday through Friday. Occasionally we have evening and weekend positions available.
What kinds of activities will I be doing?
We offer a variety of activities in hospital departments and units. Some of those are Pediatrics, Patient Discharge, and the Gift Shop. All of our positions involve contact with patients on some level.
My older brother got to work in a lab. It was very cool. I might like to do that.
We no longer offer lab or clerical assignments.
I just had a physical. Why do I need a health appointment?
Your safety and the safety of our patients and staff is our first priority. The only way we can assure that is when you have been seen by our staff at Occupational Medicine. The will also confirm that your vaccinations and other health-related requirements are up-to-date.