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:

Traditional Adult Hospital Volunteers – Application Open

  • To qualify for this program, candidates must able to make a minimum eight-to-12 month continued commitment to be assigned a once-per-week shift (typically 2 to 4 hour shift).
  • If you are an adult, over age 18, not a full-time college student, please contact John Krysinsky, Volunteer Coordinator, by email ( or call 412-692-3426, to receive more information and an application to begin the onboarding process.

College Student Volunteers – Application Closed

  • The College and Graduate Volunteer Application is now closed.
  • Due to currently having a full roster of college students with an additional wait list of previous applicants, we cannot accept any new, full-time college student applications at this time.
  • College student volunteer applications will be considered again for the Winter/Spring enrollment period beginning in November and for the Summer enrollment period, which begins each February. Please check back here during those times to see if we have any opportunities/openings for our college student program.
  • This program is designed for college, graduate, medical or any other students ages 18 and up who are following a semester schedule. College student volunteers at UPMC Children’s are scheduled by Fall and Spring semesters and the Summer period.

Form Requirements

After completing the online application, the following additional requirements must be completed prior to being contacted for an interview.

Pre-Interview Assessment Survey

If your application is reviewed by a Volunteer Services Department representative, if you are selected as a candidate, you will be sent a pre-interview assessment survey. You are required to provide information and answer the questions in this survey regarding your interest in volunteering at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

This step will help streamline our interview and vetting process. After you have completed this survey questionnaire, we will reach out to you regarding next steps including setting up a volunteer interview if we determine you to be a good fit.


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.
  • COVID-19 Vaccination – All UPMC employees and affiliated staff (including volunteers) must comply with government mandates that exist. The CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) federal vaccine mandate which applies to health care workers is now in effect. The Supreme Court’s January 2022 decision means that health care workers (including volunteers) must receive a first and second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or request an exemption.

    If you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster, we encourage boosters for all vaccine types to sustain your immune response.

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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