Junior Volunteer Programs

Summer 2020 volunteer programs (junior volunteers, learning interns, shadowing) have been postponed until further notice. Please email the Volunteer & Student Services office ([email protected]) if you have questions. Thank you.

Junior Volunteer Opportunities

Junior Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age by the application date. Junior Volunteers are placed twice a year (summer and school year). Attendance is mandatory at one of the recruitment open house/information sessions that are held prior to application deadlines. All individuals who would like to be considered must attend one of the open house sessions with a parent or guardian.   

The open house/information sessions for Summer 2020 opportunities will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the main hospital building on:

  • Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – 4 to 5 p.m. – Multipurpose Room
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  – Multipurpose Room

Sessions are one hour in length. The candidate and parent must attend the entire session.

Deadlines for Summer 2020

Complete applications must be received in the Volunteer Student Services office no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5. Information on orientation dates and other deadlines will be available at the open house/information sessions.

If offered a position, junior volunteer applicants can expect the following: background check, drug screen, health screening, validation of vaccines (MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B, and flu – in season), and tuberculosis testing. Testing and validation is done through the MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital Occupational Health office at no cost to the volunteer once a position is offered and accepted.

Applications must include all of the following:

  • Completed application
  • Most recent grades
  • Two letters of reference from individuals other than those listed as references on your application
  • Complete information for the three references on the application form
  • Separate narrative about why you would like to volunteer at MedStar St. Mary’s

(Be sure to include all pieces listed above with your application. Partial applications will not be considered for the program.)

Learning Internships are unpaid experiences provided to students who are looking to explore healthcare as a career option and/or have a healthcare project to research or develop. A predetermined learning plan and number of hours are required. These occur throughout the year and usually start 6-8 weeks after a completed application is received and availability of a placement is confirmed. Start is dependent on completing all health, orientation, and on-boarding requirements. Learning objectives as part of a credited program may or may not be required. Mentors are generally from the healthcare profession and are usually not physicians. Minimum age for this program is 16 and other qualifications are applicable.

Summer learning internship applications must adhere to the summer submission deadline of Tuesday, May 5, 2020, by 4 p.m.

You can request an application for the Learning Internship program from the Volunteer and Students Services office at the email address below.

Should you have any questions about any of the programs here, please feel free to contact our Volunteer and Student Services Coordinator. Thank you for your interest in the volunteer and learning internship programs at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital!

Mary B. Cheseldine
Volunteer and Student Services (VSS) Coordinator
[email protected]