Apply to Volunteer at UPMC Children's Hospital

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

Learn more about the volunteer opportunities available to you.

If you have questions, view our Frequently Asked Questions about volunteering at UPMC Children's or contact us to learn more. 

Application Process

Before you begin the application process, it is important that you read Considerations to Volunteering at Children's Hospital (PDF).

Next, follow these steps to complete your application:

Application – Now Open

The Volunteer Services Department is accepting new applications for adults (ages 18 and up).

Please follow the steps outlined below if you are available to make a regular, ongoing commitment (a two or four hour shift at least once per week) and feel you would be an excellent candidate for the following assignment(s) to assist our hospital's greatest needs at this time:

Assignment: Patient Experience Ambassador

Location: Main Hospital; Mid-Campus Desk and Main Lobby

Days/Times: Shifts available daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.)

Assignment Description Summary: Serve as greeter, deliver information, assist and escort patients, families and hospital guests as they enter and/or exit the hospital.


  1. UPMC Children’s Hospital Volunteer Application
  2. Have two non-relatives complete an Online Reference Form

Preferable references include former supervisors, advisors, etc. who can speak to your work ethic, strengths, and areas of improvement.

Once your application and two reference forms have been submitted, please be aware that you will be contacted for an interview as time permits and when openings are available. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, preliminary interviews will be held by phone and/or video conferencing.

Form Requirements

After completing the online application and have two non-relatives complete the reference form on your behalf, the following additional requirements must be completed prior to being contacted for an interview.


Submit required clearances by email or drop off at the Welcome/Information Center (Clearances can be accessed or provided by a Volunteer Coordinator):

Note: If you have received your clearances within the past year and can provide them for our records, you will not need to complete the steps above for clearances.

Health and Immunization Screenings

Submit appropriate health and immunization screening documents by email or drop off at the Welcome/Information Center. We require the following immunizations:

  • Tuberculosis (TB) – What kind of TB test will be accepted? All new volunteers must provide us with documentation of one of the following to satisfy the TB requirement:
    • A Quantiferon Gold Blood Test – One time, available and administered by UPMC Children's or UPMC MyHealth@Work Center.
    • PPD Skin 2-Step Skin Test – Two separate shot/placements (no less than 21 days apart) and have arm read each time by a certified medical professional within 48 to 72 hours (2 to 3 days). This is essentially a four-step process.
  • Tdap – Must be from within the past 10 years.
  • Flu Shot – When you volunteer between December 1 to March 30, the flu shot is required.

Note: If you have not had a recent TB test or Flu Shot, they can be done at UPMC Children’s and/or UPMC employee health offices at no additional cost. Contact us for more information.


We will contact you for an interview once we receive all the above requirements.

During the interview, we will discuss your availability and interests and volunteer assignments available.

Contact UPMC Children's Volunteer Services

To learn more about Volunteer Services at UPMC Children's, call 412-692-5185 or email

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