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 Schedule

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.

Seasonal volunteer applications are only accepted during the following dates:

  • Summer – March 1 to May 15
  • Fall – July 15 to September 5
  • Winter/Spring – November 15 to January 5  

Application Process

You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer, unless you are participating in the Teen Volunteer Program.

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

If you are interested in volunteering at Children's Hospital you must complete the following:

Pre-application assessment survey

Please note:

  • As part of this pre-application assessment, you are required to provide information, references and answer the questions in this survey regarding your interest in volunteering at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
  • Per UPMC policy, you are required to provide us with two references, who must be non-relatives. Please make sure you provide either an email address and a phone number for each reference for #6 and #7 in the assessment survey.
  • If you have completed the reference information, answered more than 80 percent of the questions correctly, we will reach out to you for next steps, including setting up an interview with a designated Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Please be aware that if we move forward after this assessment, the application and on-boarding process could take any where from from three weeks to two months to complete depending on numerous factors from volume of applicants, interview availability, how quickly you complete the clearances and immunization requirements and all volunteer forms.
  • Due to an anticipated large number of returnees and various restrictions on the number of assignments available, there will be limited openings for Teen Summer Program. We often receive more applications than we we have spots available. All Teen applicants will be notified of their status no later than April 30, 2020.

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

Learn more about all UPMC Volunteer Services »