WVU Medicine accepts three types of volunteers: Adults, college students, and high school students accepted to the Junior Volunteer Academy.
Adults (18+ and no longer a student) may apply for volunteer work at any time.
College student volunteers are accepted three times per year during the fall, spring, and summer. Please submit your application to the Volunteer Services Office during each volunteer enrollment period – December 22, 2019 – January 18, 2020. Student applications will not be accepted after an enrollment period has ended.
- The first 125 qualified student applications will be accepted. Please specify if you are a student on your application, and do not apply as an adult volunteer.
- You are ineligible to apply for volunteer work if you are a senior in your last semester or a freshman in your first semester.
- If you were a student volunteer within the past two years and you would like to volunteer again, please contact the Volunteer Services Office at 304-598-4134.
High school students may volunteer at WVU Medicine by becoming a part of the Junior Volunteer Academy launching for the first time this summer. Enrollment is underway now through January 31.
- The two-week Junior Volunteer Academy provides 80 hours of volunteer experience. We are offering three academy sessions for high school students ages 14 – 18 in volunteer areas of medicine and health professions. Participants will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience not offered by traditional volunteering.
- Students interested in participating must demonstrate scholastic ability as evidenced by their high school transcript and grade point average, ability to be task oriented, utilize creative and critical thinking skills, provide two letters of recommendation from teachers or guidance counselors and write a 500-word essay on why you are interested in participating in the WVU Medicine Junior Volunteer Academy.
- The Academy sessions are scheduled for: June 15 – June 26, July 6 – July 17, and July 27 – August 7.
- Potential participants will attend a group interview with a selection committee and must provide immunization records to Employee Health and complete computer-based learning modules if chosen to participate.
- We will continue to offer our traditional junior volunteer program to those who have been through the academy or who have been a junior volunteer in the past.
By volunteering at WVU Medicine, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in community service that makes a difference in the lives of others. We are able to provide additional patient care services because of your commitment and compassion. We depend on you and appreciate our volunteers.
As a WVU Medicine volunteer, you will have the opportunity explore health careers, develop new skills, meet people in your community, and, most of all, enjoy the satisfaction that comes from helping others.
Click to see a listing of our volunteer placement locations.
Currently, there are no day or evening volunteer positions available in the NICU, and there is a wait list for any future volunteers. If you are willing to volunteer between midnight and 6 am, we would be glad to discuss placement with you.
NICU student volunteers
Student volunteers must complete one semester of volunteer work at another placement location for one semester before they are eligible to become a NICU cuddler volunteer. Student volunteers are limited to one semester of service in the NICU in order to allow several students to participate in this volunteer experience.
Volunteers have a choice of a four-hour shift during morning, afternoon, or evening hours, depending on the volunteer placement location. Volunteers are expected to complete at least four hours of service per week and a minimum of 50 total hours of service.
Students are required to complete 50 hours within two consecutive semesters. If you are leaving town during the summer, volunteer hours can be completed during the spring and fall semesters.
Volunteer Orientation and Interview
Upon receipt of your application, you will receive an email containing information about how to complete the online volunteer orientation. When you have completed the online orientation and submitted your policy acknowledgement, we will contact you to schedule an interview. The interview process will give us a chance to get to know you and allow you to learn more about our programs.
Please bring the required orientation forms, your immunization records, and driver’s license to your interview. All applicants will be interviewed, and if you are 14-17 years of age, a parent/legal guardian must be present at the time of the interview. Your references will be checked prior to or shortly after your interview. All applicants must have a background check performed by WVU Medicine Human Resources (at no charge).
Once we have met and discussed your skills, interests, and past experiences, we will be better prepared to match you with a volunteer position that will both fulfill your expectations and provide a needed service to the hospital. Please understand that we will do our absolute best to place you in your desired volunteer area, but some areas are highly competitive and fill up quickly. All volunteers are required to purchase a uniform.
In order to provide a safe environment for both patients and volunteers, volunteers are required to provide documentation of the following immunizations prior to their start date:
- Tetanus: within the past 10 years (recommended Tdap)
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR): proof of two separate doses
- Chicken pox: documentation of history
- Hepatitis B: series of three immunizations, at least one must be administered prior to start
- Tuberculosis skin test (TB): If you have not received a skin test within the past 12 months, a two-step TB skin test will be administered seven to 10 days after your initial skin test placement.
- Flu: during flu season
Employee Health will administer a TB skin test, Hepatitis B immunizations (only specific locations), and Tdap vaccines for adult and college student volunteers. All vaccination records must be reviewed by an Employee Health clinician prior to obtaining any additional vaccinations. Chicken pox history may be verified with a blood test to determine antibody levels. Volunteers will be responsible for the Varivax (chicken pox) vaccine if needed, and documentation of two separate doses is required. Volunteers born before 1957 will be tested for antibody levels of MMR. In the event that a volunteer has a negative antibody titer (antibody level), Employee Health will administer all vaccines except the Varivax (chicken pox) vaccine.
A history of receiving tuberculosis immunizations does not exclude volunteers from TB skin testing. This will be reviewed with the volunteer at the time of the visit. In the event that a volunteer has a positive TB skin test reading, the volunteer must be evaluated by a physician for a chest x-ray and possible preventive therapy. The cost of this treatment is the responsibility of the volunteer. A copy of the chest x-ray report and physician evaluation will be required prior to approval for volunteer work.
Junior volunteers will only receive a TB skin test from Employee Health and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Any other necessary immunizations must be obtained from their junior volunteer’s medical provider. If a junior volunteer has no history of chicken pox or is uncertain about their medical history, he or she must see a medical provider for vaccination or provide documentation of positive Varicella antibody.
At the completion of all required vaccinations, an Employee Health clinician will return the signed volunteer approval slip to the volunteer for delivery to the Volunteer Services Office.
Please note: All volunteers of WVU Medicine are required to have a flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are given at no charge to the volunteer. If you received a flu vaccine elsewhere, you must provide proof of the vaccine. If you are actively volunteering when flu season begins, you are required to get a flu vaccine in order to continue volunteering. If you decide not to get a flu vaccine, you will not be able to volunteer until flu season is over.