Summer Adult Program

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Boston Children’s Hospital. The Summer Adult Program gives those who are 18 and older and out of high school the chance to volunteer on an inpatient unit. While we are still finalizing the program structure for summer 2019, please see some information about our summer 2019 requirements below.

 

Volunteer Commitment

  • Two 8-hour shifts per week for eight consecutive weeks, starting in early June and ending in mid to late August
  • Shifts will run from 9am to 5pm on weekdays only (with limited weekend availability)

 

Requirements

  • 18 years or older and out of high school
  • Submit an application and reference form by the given due dates (Recruitment Dates TBD)
  • Agree to complete the full volunteer commitment
  • Attend an in-person interview
  • Attend the mandatory volunteer training

 

Recruitment Dates

  • The Summer Adult Application recruitment timeline is TBD
    • If you cannot submit the application, this means the program is full and we have closed the application link.
  • Please have completed reference form sent to Volunteer Services
    • Be sure to follow up with your reference, as we will not be accepting reference forms after this time. Our reference form must be used; recommendation letters are not required.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What characteristics do you look for in  Summer Adult Volunteers?

We find that volunteers that are most successful in the volunteer role are reliable, communicative, mature, and take initiative. 

  • How many Summer Adult Volunteers do you accept?

It depends on what the needs are throughout the hospital, and our spots are limited. We are anticipating taking less than 20 Summer Adult Volunteers.

  • I know that I am going away for vacation, an internship, or another activity in the summer. Can I still apply for the program?

We understand that summer can be a busy time for all. However, we do ask candidates that know they are going away for a part of the summer to wait and apply next year.

  • I want to work in a specific area in the hospital. How do I ensure I am placed there?

Please feel free to make a note of your preferences within your volunteer application. We will do our best to accommodate requests, but all placements are based on the volunteer need.  Per hospital policy, we are unable to place volunteers on a unit/clinic where you have received care, have a family member/friend working in that area or another personal connection to the area.

 

I know I am applying for the 2019 Summer Adult program. What can I do now to prepare?

  • Start thinking about who may be your reference

A reference form is required for every volunteer application. A reference can be anyone in a professional capacity that is not a family member or friend (e.g. teacher, manager, etc.).

  • Mark your calendars

Be sure to apply during the posted Recruitment dates. Since we do have a high level of interest, any applications submitted after our recruitment dates will not be accepted. Remember that completed applications, which include the reference sheet, will be considered on a first come first serve basis as long as submitted by the deadline.