Summer Student Volunteers

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

What are the requirements for the Summer Student Volunteer Program?

  • Be 16-17 years of age and currently in high school (Volunteers must turn 16 on or before June 1, 2018 and turn 18 no sooner than August 18, 2018). 
  • Have a current state or federal photo ID.
  • Be able to volunteer for a full summer session (8 weeks).
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English (bilingual skills are a plus).
  • Submit an online application while the SSP application window is open (begining February 28 until slots are filled)
  • If you are under 18 years of age and a current high school student, you must have your parent’s written consent. We strongly suggest that you complete your registration with your parent/guardian nearby for an electronic signature. 
  • Summer Student Volunteer Program applications are available once a year, at the end of February, for the upcoming summer.  The program is administered from June through August each year.
  • The Summer Student Volunteer Program is designed to provide volunteer educational opportunities in an academic health care setting.

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

Due to high interest in the program SSP volunteers are selected in the order in which applications are received, their ability to commit to a set schedule each week, and their personal statements. 

What types of duties will I have?

All volunteers 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. Volunteers may also provide support to the Gift Shop.

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

You will be able to have direct patient interaction.  However, we do not offer “shadowing” opportunities.

Are there assignments available to work with children?

Unfortunately, due to prohibitive age and time commitment requirements participants in the Summer Student Volunteer Program will not be allowed to work with children.

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?

Volunteers will be assigned to one six-hour shift per week. Assignments are available Monday – Friday between 9am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11am-5pm.

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.

High School Summer Student Volunteer Program 2018

Thank you for your interest in the Summer Student Volunteer Program, the 2018 pre-application will be available after 3:00pm on February 28, 2018.  If you are interested in volunteering with us for year-round opportunities, please visit our website : 

Volunteers must be available to serve on the same day each week for six to eight weeks during the summer between June and August.

Summer Student Volunteers will be assigned to inpatient and outpatient areas and have the opportunity to socialize and interact with families, staff, and adult patients. Volunteers may also provide support to hospital administrative staff and the Gift Shop staff.

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 remain interested in volunteering with us, please check our website for year-round opportunities.

Assignments for this year’s program will be available at the UCSF Parnassus and UCSF Mission Bay locations.   Students will be notified via email if their application has been accepted.

1.  Please read the following requirements carefully:

  • In order to be eligible to participate in the summer student program you must be 16 years old by 6/1/18, and turn 18 no sooner than 8/18/18 and currently enrolled in high school.
  • You need to provide a state issued identification card, or driver’s license to enroll in the Summer Student Program. If you are accepted, you will provide this documentation at Group Interview/Orientation Day.   
  • Volunteers must be able to serve a minimum of six weeks during the summer between June and August
  • Five-hour shifts will be assigned Monday-Friday, between 9am-5pm.  Weekend placements are available only in the Gift Shop, 11am-5pm. You must be able to volunteer for a full five-hour shift.
  • You must be able to attend one Group Interview/Orientation Day. Exact dates/times TBD.
  • You must provide documentation of the following immunizations on your scheduled Group Interview Day (Exact dates/times TBD).
    • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella): proof of 2 vaccinations or positive blood titer
    • Chicken Pox (Varicella): proof of 2 vaccinations or positive blood titer
    • TDAP: must have been administered after 2005 to include the booster for Pertussis and Whooping Cough
    • TB Requirements:
  • 1 Negative TB skin test within the last three months and 1 Negative TB skin test within the last year
    • OR 1 Negative QuantiFeron Blood Test and 1 Negative TB skin test within the last three months
    • OR Negative chest x-ray report completed within the past year if you have a positive TB skin test result (must provide documentation of positive skin test result).

*Flu vaccine: Required during flu season. The vaccine may still be a requirement for 2018 Summer Students, depending on UCSF's policy. The end date of flu season fluctuates every year. Last year, in 2017, applicants were required to provide documentation of a seasonal flu shot.

  • If accepted, you will be asked to provide information for one reference to be submitted on-line at a later date. You do not need to submit a letter of reference with the pre-application at this time. The reference form will be included in the formal application and will be sent via email-to your reference.
  • If accepted, you must complete a series of five online training classes (four hours total on average). The classes will be available in March and must be completed by May 26th. If these classes are not completed by the deadline you may not attend the group interview date or move forward in the on-boarding process.
  • You will be able to rank your preference for a placement at Mission Bay or Parnassus. If accepted, we cannot guarantee a placement at your first preference, and you may be placed at your second-choice site.
  • Calling the Volunteer Services Offices will not expedite your on-boarding or acceptance into the program.


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