Apply to Volunteer at Children's

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC!

Prior to beginning the application process, we ask that you read Considerations to Volunteering at Children's Hospital (PDF).

Application Process

Due to the volume of applications that we receive on an ongoing basis, we have developed an annual application schedule. This schedule is based on type of volunteer (adult, college, or teen) for when we will be accepting applications for review.

Please note that we have a limited number of positions available.

Hospital Volunteer Program applications (including Adults and College Students)

We are now accepting applications for the following:

Child Life (direct patient interaction in activity centers, playrooms, Sibling Center, ICUs, Same Day Surgery & Radiology)

  • Monday through Friday:
    • Mornings: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (many openings)
    • Afternoons: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (many openings)
    • Nights: 5:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (limited openings)
  • Saturday and Sunday:
    • Mornings (Saturday - many openings / Sunday - limited openings)
    • Afternoons (both days limited openings)

Patient Experience (visit patients both in inpatient and outpatient areas/waiting rooms with activity/book carts, deliver patient E-cards, or assist as Main Lobby greeters):

  • All days open (7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Coffee Cart (take cart around mornings for families from approximately 8 to 10 a.m.):

  • All days open (7:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.)

Patient Transport (Must be willing to move around throughout the hospital for 3 or 4 hour shift):

  • All days open (8:45 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Season Dates Accepting Applications
March 1 to May 15


July 15 to September 15
November 15 to January 15


All Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh volunteer applicants must:

Please visit our Teen Volunteer Program page for more information about the application process for eligible teens ages 15-17. The 2018 Teen Volunteer program application information and updates will be posted to that page in early February 2018.

After completing the online application and provide two references, you will also need to complete the following PRIOR to being contacted for an interview with a volunteer coordinator:

  • Submit Required Clearances by email or drop off at drop off at CHP's Welcome Center (information about how to obtain them can obtained on the links below or provided by a Volunteer Coordinator): *Please note, if you have already received your clearances within the past year, and you are able to provide for our records, you will not need to complete the steps above for clearances.
  • Submit appropriate health and immunization screening documents by email or drop off at CHP's Welcome Center. We require the following immunizations:
    • Tuberculosis (TB) - can be either acompleted 2-Step TB skin test, a Quantiferon Gold blood testor documentation of a recent chest x-ray if you’ve ever tested positive for TB
    • Tdap (from within the past 10 years)
    • Flu Shot (when you volunteer between Dec. 1-March 30 the flu shot is now required)
    (Please Note - if you have not had a recent TB test or Flu Shot, you can have your test/shot taken at Children’s Hospital and/or UPMC employee health offices at no additional cost – we can provide you with more information)

You will be contacted for an interview after you provide all these requirements. During the interview we will discuss your availability and interests and possible volunteer assignments available.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office at 412-692-5185 or