Important updates:

  • The University of Chicago Medicine prioritizes the health and safety of our patients, staff, volunteers, and community. With safety in mind, we have resumed volunteer programming in a limited capacity across the medical center. UChicago Medicine volunteers are required to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, including the COVID-19 vaccination and masking in patient-care areas
  • At this time, we are accepting volunteers that can serve six (6) consecutive months or can commit to our summer-only volunteer program. If you are a UChicago student or leave the Chicagoland area during the summer months, please visit our website in August 2024 for an update on the next application cycle.
  • Summer Volunteer Program Application Open March 18th

2024 Summer Volunteer Program: Application Open March 13, 2024

UChicago Medicine is looking for highly motivated volunteers to enhance our patient and family experience this summer. If you are interested in a career in health care, home for the summer months, or just want to make a difference in the community, our condensed summer program provides you with the opportunity to engage with patients, families, and staff in a meaningful way.

Requirements + Details

  • You must be at least 16 years of age at the time your application is submitted.
  • You must commit to 10-12 weeks of service, completing 100 volunteer hours from early June to late August. This is a weekly commitment of about 6-10 hours per week.
  • Application is due by May 10, 2024. We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. There are limited spots, and the application may close early if all spots are filled.
  • Volunteer applicants must interview with a Volunteer Services Program Manager, be accepted, and complete the required onboarding process by June 7, 2024. Volunteer onboarding can take 2-4 weeks depending on the applicant’s personal schedule and commitment.
  • This opportunity is not available for B-1, B-2, H1-B, and H-4 visa holders. Applicants with permanent resident cards must provide a copy of their card to our office during the time of the interview.
  • Please note: The COVID-19 vaccine is required to become a volunteer at UChicago Medicine. Masking in patient care areas is required at the medical center. Volunteers will not be assigned or paired with any patients who are COVID-19 positive or being tested for COVID-19.

How to Apply:

Submit an application using the link below. We will contact eligible applicants within 20 business days after we have received your application to set up a virtual volunteer interview.

Complete a volunteer application and begin your path to volunteering

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the University of Chicago Medicine. We value our ability to offer health and wellness services in our South Side and south suburban communities. In return, our neighbors help us by donating their time.

Our team of volunteers is vital to our mission, which is to provide superior health care in a compassionate manner, ever mindful of each patient’s dignity and individuality.

Our staff appreciates the support of our responsible and well-trained volunteers who contribute their time to make a difference in our patients’ lives. In countless ways, our volunteers help patients and their families feel better during difficult times.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Personal fulfillment
  • Free skills training in volunteer work area
  • Free health screenings, flu shot and parking in the visitors' garage
  • Making new friends with service-oriented people
  • Enhanced knowledge of healthcare system, hospital programs and services
  • Annual volunteer banquet in recognition of your service at UChicago Medicine

Ways to Volunteer

The following are a few examples of our volunteer program opportunities at the UChicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.

Join Our Hyde Park Volunteer Team

Frequently Asked Questions

Note: Volunteers do not take the place of salaried staff. Volunteer service is not intended in any way to lead to paid employment.