[MUSIC PLAYING] The volunteer program allows us to recruit teams of individuals who can work with our volunteer staff to support the hospital, support our nursing team, support our physicians, support our administrative teams in taking care of our patients and enabling our community to have better experiences when they're here at the hospital. And also to enable our community, as we're out in the community, helping them to improve the health and outcomes of their lives.

Well, our volunteers perform an incredible service here to our patients and families each and every day. Throughout the medical program, through Child Life Comer Children's Hospital TLC program, our emergency department, our volunteers are here to serve patients and families each and every day in meaningful ways.

I am a Child Life volunteer at UChicago, so I interact with these kids in the hospital the same as I'd interact with any other kid, just treating them as normal and typical and trying not to make anything different about them being in the hospital and just playing with kids, like I would anywhere else, and trying to make their day just a little bit of what they're used to and something comforting and familiar to them.

In the TLC volunteers, volunteers like me go to visit patients, and we provide them with comfort and also offer items like magazines or puzzles, adult coloring pages in order to keep them occupied. I play the piano, and I really like it, and I like to share music with people. It'd be a perfect way to give back.

The way she plays, say especially for a patient in my shoes, it transports you to a very imaginary place. You're able to be somewhere where you know in reality you're not at that point. So it's beautiful. It sparkles.

Your help enables us to take better care of our patients, to help our community, and to help our team to be better providers of care. Thank you very much.

Thank you to our UChicago Medicine volunteers. You light up our community.


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

Volunteer Opportunities in Hyde Park

Learn about volunteer programs on our main campus at UChicago Medicine and UChicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital.

Frequently Asked Questions

Volunteer Opportunities in the South and Southwest Suburbs

Learn about UChicago Medicine volunteer programs in Harvey and Orland Park.

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