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College Student Program

College Volunteer Program Update | Sept. 29, 2023

College Student Volunteer Recruitment Now Closed
Thank you for your interest in volunteering with us!  Please check back in December for updates regarding our spring recruitment.

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.


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.