Healthcare Opportunities for Students
- Start this process early—it is very common for long wait-lists for volunteers.
- Closely follow the directions on the web-site; if they request only e-mail
- contact or only visiting their web-site please do not call them! The volunteer departments are extremely busy and field phone calls that can often be answered on the web-site.
- Look on the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) section of the web-site.
- This is your responsibility—having a parent/guardian call for you may lower your chances of getting into a volunteer program.
Status: Currently accepting applications
Contact: Ms. Jessie Robinson, Volunteer Services Coordinator
12040 NE 128th St./Blue 1-120
Kirkland, WA 98034
Minimum Age: 16 & Above
There are 2 ways to volunteer at Evergreen:
1. Calendar Year
- Be at least 16 years old
- Time commitment of six months, with at least one 3-4 hour shift a week
- Pass Washington State Patrol and nationwide background checks
- Complete a free health clearance at EvergreenHealth, including:
- TB testing
- Tdap (whooping cough)
- current flu shot
- medical contraindications can be discussed with Employee Health
Submit our online application*
- Provide two personal (non-family) or professional references
- Complete an interview
- Complete orientation
- Complete secondary and position-specific training
* If you are unable to submit an application online, please email us or call 425.899.1994 and we will have an application packet mailed to you.
2. Summer Program for High School/College Students
Must be at least 16 years of age
- Applications available end of March 2016/Beginning of April
- Time frame: Approx. End of June/Beginning of July thru End of August
- Note: Applicant must commit to entire program—can only miss 1 week
- More details on-line when applications become available.
Status: All shifts are full for the next 6 months/20 students on waitlist.
Contact: Ms. Kashish Nagrani, Administrative Coordinator, Volunteer Services
Group Health Medical Center
11511 N.E. 10th St.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Minimum age: 15 & above
- The candidate (not their parents) sends an email to Ms. Nagrani requesting an application.
- Once an application is received, Group Health does a background check.
- Only if the candidate has been cleared, they will interview via a phone screen and/ or in-person interview.
- Complete medicals. They are a prerequisite (cost is borne by Group Health).
- Onboarding training
- Tour of the facility
- Shadowing with another volunteer in the department where you will volunteer
- Once trained, the volunteer will start their shift.
Harborview Medical Center
Current Status: Currently not accepting applications—check back
Harborview Medical Center
325 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
- Minimum Age: 16 & above.
- Note: Cannot volunteer for Summer only. Student must commit to 6 months of consecutive service.
- 4 hours each week at a scheduled time.
Please follow our three-step process for becoming a volunteer. All volunteers are required to pass a Washington state background check before volunteering.
It is Harborview’s policy that all volunteers must be immunized, which includes a tuberculosis (TB) skin test and flu shot once per year, and a hepatitis series if applicable. These are given free of charge to volunteers.
Once your completed online volunteer application is received along with your completed online Professional Reference Form, you will be contacted within three weeks about setting up an interview.
After your references are checked and you have completed the interview, you may be scheduled for the next available orientation. You will receive your volunteer placement after attending volunteer orientation. At this time your background check will be processed.
Examples of Duties:
- Restocking supplies in inpatient units
- Providing non-medical comfort to patients
- Preparing rooms for new patients
- Providing administrative support in medical offices
- Reading to patients
- Changing bed linens
- Answering patient calls
- Socializing with patients, speaking with patients in another language
- Escorting non-critical patients to clinic appointments
- Directing patients’ families and friends to hospital units, clinics or other destinations
- Distributing books, magazines and activities to patient rooms and waiting areas
Seattle Children’s (Seattle & Bellevue Campuses)
Current Status: Seattle is currently full—check back
Minimum Age: 16
Minimum Age: 16
Teen Volunteer Requirements:
First, students must successfully complete the volunteer assessment survey. A unique confirmation code will be emailed to you upon successful completion. Once volunteer applications are available, use your unique survey assessment confirmation code to access the application portal and submit your application.
- Minimum time commitment of 60 hours over five consecutive months
- Regular weekly three-hour shift
- Eligible for limited, non-patient contact areas (see below)
- Parent/guardian permission required
- Must complete required vaccinations, as determined in the one-on-one interview upon acceptance to the volunteer program
Reference Form Requirements
After you’ve submitted a volunteer application, you will have up to two weeks to submit two references. These reference forms may be written by either professional or personal contacts (e.g., employer, co-worker, professor, teacher, neighbor, friend, pastor – no family members please). Reference forms received prior to application submission will not be considered and will not be kept on file.
Note: If you do not submit two reference forms within the two weeks after application submission, you will be required to re-apply at a later date.
Central Services: Inventory and distribution:
Deliver supplies and equipment vital to patient care, restock incoming product, perform inventory counts, assemble materials like personal belonging bags, baby tourniquets, and stethoscopes. All of these tasks are imperative to day-to-day operations at the hospital.
Clerical and office support:
Assist the staff with clerical and office duties in clinical and administrative departments. Opportunities are open to volunteers who would like to gain office experience and learn new skill in a hospital environment. Duties may include filing and collating, answering phones, using office machines and word processing.
UW Medicine Volunteering
Current Status: Check web-site in March
Contact: Due to high volume, all volunteer candidates are directed to the web-site
University of Washington Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-6144
Minimum age: 16 to 18 at date of application; 18 must still be a high school student
Teenagers build leadership, teamwork and customer service skills and gain valuable exposure to the environment of healthcare in a nationally recognized medical center
Summer Teens greet and direct visitors, transport patients, deliver specimens to the lab and flowers to patients, and assist staff with special projects. Due to the critical healthcare environment at UWMC, candidates for this program must be mature, reliable, self-directed, motivated, and able to work independently. They must also demonstrate excellent customer service and communication skills and be comfortable working with a diverse patient population.
To be considered, all applications must be complete, the applicant must meet the age guidelines and the application must be received by the deadline. Late, or incomplete, applications will not be considered. Please note there are a limited number of program placements available; an application does not guarantee placement in the program.
- Commitment: 30 hours overall, with a minimum of 4 hours per week and a maximum of 12 hours per week.
- There can be no break in service longer than two weeks during the duration of the program.
- Pass Washington State Background Check provided by UWMC.
- Purchase and wear volunteer uniform polo shirt or jacket, and follow UWMC dress code (PDF).
- Follow and abide by UWMC’s Service Culture Guidelines (PDF).
- Maintain patient confidentiality.
- Must have a valid social security number.
Complete and submit Volunteer Application Packet which must include the following seven items:
- Summer Teen Volunteer Application (PDF).
- Personal Statement (PDF) about why you would like to volunteer at UWMC.
UW Medicine Volunteering for High School Students/Summer Teen Program (Cont’d)
- Immunization History and Employee Health form (PDF). Please note that only this completed form is required as part as your application; do not include your medical records.
- UWMC Criminal History form (PDF).
- Photo Release Agreement (PDF).
- Employee Health Center Care Agreement (PDF).
Letters of Recommendation Requirements
- Written within the last year/Dated & Signed
- Preferred but not required:
- On letterhead
- Written specifically for our program
Who may write your letter of recommendation?
- Neighbor or adult family friend (not a peer)
- Coach or group leader (i.e. from an organization such as Boy Scouts).
- Church leader
Who may not write your letter of recommendation?
Do not submit the letter separately from your application; do not seal it in a separate envelope.
Current Status: Currently Accepting Volunteers
Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center
1100 Ninth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
Minimum Age: 15 & Above; Must complete the parental consent form.
All potential volunteers must complete the online volunteer application form and disclosure statement. The parental consent form is required for all potential volunteers ages 15 to 17. The volunteer reference forms are not required, but recommended. Please bring all signed forms with you to Virginia Mason.
- Online Volunteer Application Form (required for all potential volunteers)
- Required Immunizations
- Frequently Asked Questions About Immunizations
- Disclosure Statement (required for all potential volunteers)
- Parental Consent (required only for volunteers ages 15-17)
- Confidentiality Agreement
- Am I Ready to Volunteer?
Veteran’s Administration (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System
Current Status: Application Package Available beginning May 15, 2016
Website: www.pugetsound.va.gov/giving/index.asp (Click on “Summer Youth Volunteer Program”)
VA-Puget Sound Health Care System
1660 S. Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108
Our summer youth volunteer program provides opportunities for high school students to make a difference in the lives of Veteran patients and their families through volunteering at either the Seattle or American Lake Medical Center of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System. It is also the entry-point for volunteers under 18 wishing to volunteer with us throughout the school year.
Note: Jobs are not clinical, but of a supportive nature in an office setting. Remember that a lot can be learned by being in the health care environment.
Application Process: May 15th through the first full week of June
Orientation & assignment selection: End of June
Program begins: The first week after the 4th of July and runs through the end of August
- High School student or recent graduate; at least 14 years old.
- If under 18 years of age, signed written consent by parent/legal guardian
- A desire to serve our Nation’s Veterans through volunteering in an identified area of need.
- Must be available to volunteer at least once a week, Monday – Friday (but no more than three days a week), and at least 6 of the 8 week program, accumulating a minimum of 50 hours of service.
Wanic Course/Health Science at Sammamish High School
Summary: Touch a life. Explore the challenging, exciting career possibilities in health care. Students learn about health care topics such as patient care skills, CPR and First Aid, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, disease pathology, and career paths. Starting in January students have internships at care facilities, hospitals and specialty sites. Areas of rotation have included the emergency room, critical care, mother-baby unit, physical therapy and others. Great clinical sites, guest speakers, field trips and leadership activities make this course invaluable for students considering careers in health settings.
Open to: Current Juniors who will be Seniors in Fall of 2016 receive priority.
Current Sophomores who will be Juniors in Fall of 2016 should sign-up
and can take the course if space allows.
Register: Applications available on Monday, February 1st 2016 in the Career Center.
Note: The Career Specialist will explain the registration process & signatures required.
Note: This course fills quickly each year and space is assigned by application turn-in date.
UW Medicine 2016 Mini-Medical School
Summary: UW Medicine’s 2016 Mini-Medical School will be a series of exciting lectures and demonstrations open to the general public and designed to teach you about medical science, patient care and leading-edge research underway at the University of Washington. The series is free, and we encourage people who enjoy their experience to contribute to UW Medicine
Open to: Open to all students 15 yrs. of age and above.
Time Frame: Tuesday evenings, February 2nd thru March 8th 2016
Register: Register on-line at: http://www.uwmedicine.org/about/minimed
Note: Registration required to attend.
More info: E-mail Julie Collier, UW Medicine Strategic Marketing & Communications Director at: minimed.edu or call (206) 685-1933.
Seattle Children’s Summer Nursing Camp
Summary: Students will be exposed to the registered nursing role in various clinical settings.
Open to: Students entering their junior or senior year of high school. While priority is given
to students of color and those from low-income backgrounds in the Puget Sound area,
every year we accept a rich variety of students from varied backgrounds.
Apply: Applications for 2016 will be available in February of 2016.
Time Frame: 3 day camp during the last week of June 2016
University of Washington Nurse Camp
Summary: This Free week-long day camp is geared toward increasing access & opportunities in
Nursing to minority & low-income high school sophomores & juniors who are at least
16 years of age by the first day of camp. All students are encouraged to apply regardless
of their situation.
Shadow nurses at UWMC in various hospital units
- Get your CPR certification!
- Learn how to prepare for college and how to prepare to get into nursing school
- Have a chance to learn in the School of Nursing Learning Lab!
- Connect with nurses, students and faculty at UW, your future mentors
- Meet new friends!
- Get cool free stuff!
Note: Students will be selected based on how well they match themselves and their interests to the field of nursing. Space is limited to the 24 most qualified applicants who also meet our eligibility requirements.
Applications available beginning February 15, 2016
Due Date: April 15, 2016/Students notified in the first or second week of May.
Healthcare Week 2016 offered by Washington Business Week
Summary: Run a successful, affordable clinic and help your team build a medical response plan, deal with a real-world healthcare crisis, and get hands-on experience in clinical workshops. Pave the way
in disease research. Get savvy on all aspects of healthcare, including the teamwork and leadership that makes it happen. Visits to local hospitals that may include tour of labs.
Cost includes meals and lodging on university campus.
Dates/Location: Seattle University June 25th – July 1st 2016
Gonzaga University July 10th — July 16th, 2016
Cost: $880 (Need & Merit-Based Tuition Available)
Early Bird Deadline: May 1st, 2016
Benefit: Preferred placement in the assignment of week & program.
Wanic Summer Skills Academy Summer 2016
Summary: Three week Summer courses offered in Dynamic DNA, Health, & Health Careers
Exploration. Students earn a .5 CTE (Career & Technical Education) Credit.
Note: 1 absence allowed; more than 1 absence student will lose credit
Courses offerings listed are from 2015/T.B.D. for 2016
Cost: Free tuition; $50 Materials/Lab Fee (Assistance Available)
Dates: June 27th (Monday) to Friday July 15th 2016/No class July 4th.
Register: On-line at: www.wanic.org *Approximately March 16th, 2016/Check with your high school Career Specialist at the beginning of March.
Internship Information/Must have completed Junior Year of High School
Fred Hutchinson Summer High School Internship Program/Juniors
The application is now closed. The application for summer 2016 will open February 1, 2016 (tentative). For most updated information, go to: www.fredhutch.org/en/careers/internship-opportunities.html#high
Summary: High school students are welcome to apply for an 8 week, paid summer research internship at Fred Hutch. The Hutch has an international reputation for its pioneering research in biological sciences, bone marrow and stem cell transplantation, cancer prevention, epidemiology, and biostatistics.
Selected interns will spend 1 full week in training. This includes hands-on training in laboratory safety techniques and skills in our Training Labs, designated safe labs for minors. Interns will then be paired and matched to a host mentor who will supervise them over the remaining 7 weeks on specific projects or activities in the host lab. The internship culminates with a reflection presentation during the final week.
Attendance during standard business hours for the entire duration of the program is required. The program does not provide or arrange housing for interns.
We encourage applicants to learn more about faculty research and each of the scientific divisions, please visit: http://www.fhcrc.org/en/labs.html. We also encourage applicants to (1) ensure that they meet the eligibility requirements (listed below) and (2) to begin assembling their application materials early, even before the application opens.
- Must have completed 11th grade, but not graduated high school by the beginning of the internship.
- Strong scientific interest and academic background.
- Be available for the entire duration of the 8-week program.
- Ability to participate in an on-campus interview with one or more faculty members.
- Cover letter, transcripts, resume and two teacher or professional recommendations.
- Students from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in health sciences, persons with disabilities, and persons raised in economically disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or have permanent resident status with a valid visa.
Contact: Jeremy Webb, Outreach Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Students can e-mail and request to be added to an existing tour.
Juniors applying for the Fred Hutch internship may consider scheduling a tour before applying for the internship.
- Tour is 1 hour
- Max of 15 students each tour
- Time frame: Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Walk through buildings/walk by research labs (cannot allow minors in labs)
- Questions answered about research, internships, etc.
- Schedule tour on web-site:
Institute for Systems Biology Summer High School Internship Program/Juniors
Information and applications for the 2016 high school and undergraduate summer internships will be posted in late January or early February 2016.
For most updated information go to: www.systemsbiology.org/about/careers/internships/
Summary: One of the key objectives of ISB involves transferring knowledge gained through research to the community for the benefit of society. The Baliga Lab meets and surpasses that objective through an education program in which high school interns help develop hands on instructional modules for students to use as part of their science curriculum. Each January, the Baliga Lab posts a job opportunity on their careers website, enabling high school juniors to apply for a competitive, paid summer internship.
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- Academic Support
- Testing Information
- College & Career Center
- College Planning
- Community Service
- English Language Learners
- Graduation Requirements
- Registration and Planning