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College Student Program

College Volunteer Program Update | Jan. 27, 2023

College Student Volunteer Recruitment Closed
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us! 

We invite you to review our volunteer program requirements listed below and check back here in late-April for recruitment updates about our summer and fall volunteer programs.

IMPORTANT: Please review our program policies and requirements outlined below.


College Student Volunteer Requirements:

  • Students currently enrolled in college are eligible to participate for 3–4 hours each week for a duration of one or two semesters.
  • Sign up to attend an in-person information session, where you will learn about volunteer opportunities, responsibilities, and a comprehensive overview of the volunteer onboarding process.
  • Participate in a personal interview with one of our volunteer coordinators. You will learn about available volunteer roles at this meeting.
  • Participate in a health appointment with URMC's Employee Health. (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.
  • Please use only one single consistent email for all paperwork and communications with the Volunteer Program coordinators.
  • 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.


Volunteer Vaccination Policy for COVID-19:

The following update provides more detail on the COVID vaccination requirement for all Friends of Strong volunteers, and the vaccination timelines that must be met in order to volunteer with Strong Memorial Hospital.

The Requirement
The University of Rochester (Strong Memorial Hospital) requires all volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and to provide proof of vaccination prior to beginning their service. This also includes volunteers who will be serving at off-site UR Medicine locations.

The Timeline
Individuals cannot volunteer until the point of being fully vaccinated, which is two weeks following the final dose of a vaccine!

This means that you are only considered fully vaccinated after at least two weeks (14 days) have passed since you received the second dose in a 2-dose series vaccine; or at least two weeks have passed since receiving a single dose of a 1-dose vaccine.

Therefore, those interested in volunteering with Friends of Strong should consider beginning the vaccination process as soon as possible to avoid missing out on available volunteer role options as they begin.

Getting the Vaccine
Interested volunteers can take advantage of the many COVID-19 vaccination locations in the region, including local pharmacies. In the Rochester area, the Center for Community Health and Prevention continues to provide resources and information on the various locations offering vaccines.


Frequently asked questions for college student volunteers:

How do I get started?
Sign up to attend an in-person group information session.
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 Employee Health. They will also confirm that your vaccinations and other health-related requirements are up-to-date.
What are Federal Exclusions and State Sanctions?
Federal Exclusions are a severe form of restriction that prohibits an excluded person or entity from participating in federal healthcare programs or receive federally funded reimbursement.  State Sanctions are medical sanctions that resulted in disciplinary action by a state administration. These sanctions occur when an individual or entity violated an administrative rule, civil law or has committed a criminal offense.  Exclusion from participation in federal or state healthcare programs is a severe form of sanction. Exclusion prohibits an identified or entity from participating in federal healthcare programs or receiving federally funded reimbursement.  Federally Excluded and State Sanctioned individuals are not allowed to volunteer at URMC.