Summer Student Program

UCSF Medical Center Summer Student Volunteer Program invites high school students to get involved.

High School Summer Student Volunteer Program 2018 

Thank you for your interest in the Summer Student Volunteer Program, the 2018 pre-application is now closed.
Accepted applicants will be notified via email by March 9th.


In an effort to make this opportunity available to as many people as possible, you may not apply if you have participated in the Summer Student program in the past.  If you are interested in volunteering with us for year-round opportunities, please visit our website: 

Summer Student Volunteer Requirements:

  • You must be between the ages of 16 and 17 and currently in high school.(Volunteers must turn 16 on or before June 1, 2018 and turn 18 no sooner than August 18, 2018)
  • If you are accepted, you will need to provide a state issued identification (ID) card, or driver’s license at the Group Interview/Orientation Day.   
  • You must be able to serve a minimum of six weeks during the summer between June and August.
  • You will be assigned one five-hour shift  Monday-Friday, between 9am-5pm.  Weekend placements are available only in the Gift Shop, 11am-5pm. 
  • You must be able to attend one Group Interview/Orientation Day: Thursday March 29 or Thursday April 5th, from 9am to 3pm.
  • You must provide documentation of the required immunizations at your scheduled Group Interview Day. Click here for a complete list of immunizations.


High School Summer Student Volunteer Program FAQs

How old do I have to be in order to be a Summer Student volunteer?

You must be at least 16 years old by June 1, 2018 and turn 18 no sooner than August 18, 2018, and a high school student to participate.

Do I need photo ID to volunteer?

You will need to have a current state or federal photo ID by the group interview date.

Do I need to have my Parent or Guardian’s consent to volunteer?

If you are under 18 years of age and a current high school student, you must have your parent or guardian’s written consent. We strongly suggest that you complete your registration with your parent/guardian nearby for an electronic signature.

How long is the program?

The Summer Student Program is a 6 to 8 week program from June to August.

Do I have to volunteer the same day and time each week?

Yes, you will have a set schedule each week.

Can I volunteer more than once a week?

In order to give an opportunity to as many students as possible, each volunteer will be assigned one shift per week.

What days and times are available to volunteer?

Assignments are available Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., or 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. We do not have placements available during the evenings or weekends.

Are there assignments available to work with children?

You must be 18 to volunteer with Child Life Services and be able to serve a minimum of six months. Assignments with pediatric patients are not available for Summer Student Volunteers. All opportunities will involve interacting with adult patients.

Is there a dress code?

All volunteers wear a UCSF Medical Center Volunteer uniform.  No jeans, leggings, shorts, sleeveless tops, workout attire, hoodies, clothing with words or logos, and open-toed shoes will be allowed.

Will I be able to shadow a doctor or a nurse?

You will be able to have direct patient interaction; however Volunteer Services does not offer shadowing or internship opportunities.

How do you select the volunteers?  Will everyone who applies receive a placement?

Volunteers are selected based on their letter of reference, ability to commit to a set schedule each week, and personal statement. 

What types of duties will I have?

All volunteers will be cross-trained to provide a number of supplementary services for our patients, including delivering complimentary newspapers, patient mail and e-mail, patient amenities such as laptops, DVD movies, and magazines, and assisting with our “Brew Crew” Coffee and Tea Service for family members and visitors.


See how the volunteers of Summer 2017 contributed to the patient experience at UCSF Medical Center, by reading our annual newsletter Caring Connections.