Volunteer Opportunities at WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals
Please read all requirements before completing the application.
WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals accepts three types of volunteers: Juniors (age 14-18, middle and high school students), college students, and adults.
If you have been a student volunteer in the past two years and would like to volunteer again, you do not need to fill out the application. Please contact the Volunteer Office at 304-598-4134
- Junior Volunteers – Accepted only for summer. Next enrollment period: April 2019.
- College Students – Spring semester 2019 enrollment period is December 17 – January 13.
- The first 125 qualified student applications will be accepted. If you have volunteered within the past two years, you do not need to complete another application.
- If you are a student, please do not apply as an adult.
- Seniors in their last semester are ineligible to apply.
- Freshman in their first semester are ineligible to apply.
- We will not accept any student applications after the enrollment period.
- Adults (18 and over and not a student) – may apply anytime.
Volunteering at WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals is your chance to be someone who makes a difference by helping others. Giving your time, commitment, and compassion enables us to provide added services that contribute to patient care.
Volunteers provide that human touch. We need our volunteers; we depend on them and appreciate their services.
In return, volunteers have the opportunity to learn, explore health careers, make new friends, develop new skills, and, most of all, enjoy the satisfaction that comes from helping others. As a volunteer, you can make a personal contribution of your time and make your hours of service something special to you.
Click to see a listing of our volunteer placement locations.
NICU Cuddler Notice
Currently there are no spots available in the NICU during the week for day or evening shifts. Additionally, there is a waiting list for the NICU Cuddler position. If you are willing to volunteer between midnight and 6 am , we would be glad to discuss placement with you.
Students must volunteer one semester before having the opportunity to volunteer in the NICU. Additionally, students are limited to volunteering one semester in the NICU in order to afford many students the opportunity.
What are the hours?
Volunteers have a choice of morning, afternoon, or evening hours, depending on the area selected. The schedules consist of four-hour shifts. A minimum of four hours per week is all that is required to join the team. Volunteers are expected to commit to a minimum total of 50 hours of service.
Students are required to complete 50 hours within two consecutive semesters. Early completion of the required 50 hours does not exempt you from completing two consecutive semesters. We do not expect students to be here during the summer; therefore, if you are going home for the summer and you volunteer in the spring semester you would also commit to the fall semester.
If you are seeking a short-term experience, eight hours or less of your time, please apply to our job shadowing program.
Volunteer Orientation and Interview
Upon receipt of your application, you will receive an email containing information for completing 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 give you the opportunity to find out more about our program. 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 area, but keep in mind that some areas are highly competitive and fill up quickly.
Please bring the required orientation forms, your immunization record, and driver’s license to your interview. All applicants will be required to have a background check done with our Human Resources Department at no charge. 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.
All volunteers are required to purchase a uniform. Your references will be checked prior to or shortly after your interview.
What immunizations are required?
In order to provide a safe environment for both the patient and volunteers, volunteers are required to provide documentation of the following immunizations prior to 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 (2nd TB skin tests) will be administered 7 to 10 days after initial skin test placement
- Flu (during flu season)
Employee Health will administer the TB skin test, Hepatitis B immunizations (only specific locations), and Tdap vaccines. A questionable chicken pox history will be verified with a blood test to determine antibody levels. The volunteer will be responsible for the Varivax (chicken pox) vaccine if needed. Documentation of two separate doses is required. Volunteers born before 1957 will be tested for antibody levels for MMR. In the event a volunteer has a negative antibody titer, Employee Health will administer all vaccines except the Varivax (chicken pox) vaccine.
A history of receiving BCG immunizations does not exclude a volunteer from TB skin testing. This will be reviewed with the volunteer at the time of the visit. In the event a volunteer has a positive TB skin test reading, the volunteer will be required to be evaluated by a physician for a chest X-ray and possible prophylactic therapy with INH. 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 being approved to volunteer.
It is imperative to have all vaccination records reviewed by the Employee Health clinician prior to obtaining any additional vaccinations.
Junior volunteers must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The junior volunteers will be receiving ONLY a TB skin test. Junior volunteers must obtain any necessary immunizations from their medical provider. Junior volunteers with questionable or no history of chicken pox must see their medical provider for vaccination or provide documentation of positive Varicella antibody.
At the completion of all required vaccinations, the Employee Health clinician will return the signed volunteer approval slip to the volunteer for delivery to the Volunteer Services Department.
Please note: Junior volunteer applicants must be accompanied by a parent during their interview and visit with Employee Health. All volunteers of WVU Medicine-WVU Hospitals are required to have the flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are given at no charge to the volunteer. If you received a 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 the vaccine, you will be unable to volunteer until flu season is over.