Soleil Vera,

Junior Volunteer.
"My favorite thing about volunteering is helping the patients and providing for their every need.  Even just getting them water, if it helps them and makes them happy it is all worth it."

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Junior Volunteer Program, Fall 2015

The New York Methodist Hospital Junior Volunteer Program offers a real-life, hands-on introduction to health care and helping others.  We are currently recruiting high school students ages 16 and over.

Junior volunteers must be able to commit to two volunteer shifts per week. Assignments include work in the areas of administration, patient care, and /or the patient library. Descriptions of the placements appear below. Shifts take place after school and on weekends. The minimum commitment is six months and 120 hours of service. Our staff and patients depend on our volunteers so it is critical that they honor their commitment and attend all of their shifts. To ensure that you are able to honor your service commitment, please consider your other extracurricular activities and your school work prior to applying. Verification of hours for school community service requirements and letters of recommendation are only provided once volunteers have fulfilled their commitment to the program.

This program attracts many students and the recruitment process is highly selective. Acceptance to the program is based on the quality of your application and an in-person interview. We look forward to receiving your application.


Clinical and administrative departments welcome Junior Volunteers seeking the opportunity to volunteer in an office setting. Answering phones, greeting patients, inputting data, filing and copying are some of the tasks volunteers fulfill. This placement is best suited for students with an early dismissal time because most administrative departments close at 5 p.m.

Patient Care

Junior volunteers are trained to feed, care for and comfort patients of all ages on nursing units throughout the Hospital. Working as part of the nursing team, volunteers have an opportunity to make a positive impact on a patient's day and get hands- on patient care experience. They will be responsible for pharmacy and lab rounds, responding to call bells and patient requests, and assisting with meal delivery. This placement is best suited for students with an interest in a healthcare profession.

Patient Library

Junior volunteers will serve as patient librarians, bringing donated books, magazines and crosswords to patients and their families throughout the Hospital. They will visit and provide companionship to patients. This assignment is best suited for students with excellent interpersonal skills, who enjoy making conversation with patients and families.


To apply, submit an online application here. Acceptance to the program is based on the quality of your application and an in-person interview. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.