College Student Volunteer Program

College students are an integral part of our volunteer base. Volunteers provide support to patients, families, and staff in a variety of roles including:

  • In playrooms
  • Bedside on inpatient units
  • Greeter ambassador and/or discharge ambassador

We have a limited number of college spots available (especially for bedside/inpatient units and within our playrooms).

You will be interviewed within a designated timeframe. Decisions for acceptance will be made based on the number of available spots.

All college students have the same requirements and application steps of the Hospital Volunteer Program, with the exception of the weekly year-round commitment requirement.

College Student Volunteer Program Schedule

We offer distinct schedules for college volunteers.

You should be available to volunteer weekly during the same day and time. For example, every Monday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Limited evening and weekend positions available.

Academic year college volunteers

There is minimum commitment of 22 weeks and 100 hours for Academic Year College Volunteers.

Two academic year options include:

  • October to April
  • February to August

Your schedule may change at the start of the academic semester to accommodate your class schedule.

Summer-only college volunteers

There is a minimum commitment of 12 weeks and 75 hours for summer-only college volunteers.

The program is from May to August.

Apply for the College Student Volunteer Program at UPMC Children's

To make sure we process your application properly:

  • Under "Demographic Information", select “College” from the dropdown menu next to "Type".
  • In the “Type of Volunteer Work Preferred” free response section, indicate if you are interested in the Academic Year College Volunteer (Option 1 or Option 2) or Summer College Volunteer assignment.
  • Indicate the student organizations you are a member of at your university.

The online application and reference forms will only be available during the enrollment periods.

In order to be scheduled for an interview you must:

  • Complete the application with "UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh" selected as your location.
  • Have at least one reference submitted on your behalf.

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

Internships, Externships, Shadowing, and Research Opportunities

The Volunteer Services Department does not process requests for internships, externships, clinical or professional shadowing, or research opportunities within UPMC Children's.

If you are interested in pursuing those types of opportunities, contact the hospital department directly for information.

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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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