Theresa Geraci,
Summer College Intern
"My favorite aspect about volunteering is building trustworthy and personal relationships with the patients, as well as the nurses and physicians, while being able to help each and every one of them."

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Summer College Intensive Program

We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer College Intensive
Program 2015. If you are interested in volunteering for any of our patient care programs, please apply in late July.

Be part of our dynamic Summer College Intensive Program (SCIP)

The Department of Educational and Volunteer Resources is committed to providing service and learning opportunities for students throughout the year. Our Summer College Intensive Program (SCIP) offers hands on patient care experience as well as unique educational opportunities.

Our Mission
We will develop a dynamic team of summer college students who communicate directly with patients, offering support and assistance as needed. Our students support the quality of care patients receive and become an integrated part of the health care team. In addition, SCIP seeks to augment the education of future health practitioners by exposing them to real world healthcare situations, guiding them to become competent, compassionate healers in the future.

SCIP Activities

  • Direct interactions with patients and professional staff 12 hours per week

  • Shadowing opportunities with physicians and other health care professionals

  • Selected reading assignments with written responses required

  • Attendance at lectures by health practitioners designed specifically for our SCIP group.

After fulfilling the requirements, students are eligible for a letter of completion and recommendation that can be used to enhance applications for medical, physician assistant, or nursing programs.

Who Should Apply
We are looking for committed and well-rounded college students in pre-health career and nursing programs who are interested in an intense hospital experience that will enrich both their current education and their professional future.

Selection of Participants
Students will be selected based on their academic record, previous volunteer experiences, seriousness of purpose, and their ability to communicate effectively both by their written information on the application form and their personal interview.


  • Two general orientations are offered—one on May 21 and one on June 10. Selected participants will be required to attend one of these.
  • In addition, there are several other training sessions between June 15 and June 26 that will be required for specific placements. 
  • The program itself begins Monday, June 29, and runs for 8-10 consecutive weeks. SCIP volunteers must commit to giving 12 hours of patient care service per week. Because this is a highly structured and scheduled program students will not be granted time off during its duration.
In summary, to participate in this program, students are required to commit to 12 hours per week for a minimum of eight to ten consecutive weeks. The program provides placements 7 days a week from 8:00 am-8:00 pm. In addition, students will participate in shadowing experiences, attend lectures, and complete writing assignments.

How to Apply

This is a highly competitive program, and we have limited positions available.

Make sure you highlight your interests and achievements in the "About you" section of the application. Interviews will take place at the Hospital as applications are received. If you are selected for an interview, you will be required to bring a transcript and resume.

Deadline for applications is Monday, March 2, 2015
Due to the high number of applications we receive, we are unable to acknowledge every applicant. Only those chosen for an interview will receive an email acknowledgement. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis, and students will be notified in early April if they have been accepted to the program.
** We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer College Intensive
Program 2015. If you are interested in volunteering for any of our patient care programs, please apply in late July.