Junior Volunteer Program

The Junior Volunteer Program at VCU Medical Center is a summer-only opportunity for high school students (ages 14 and up) to provide valuable, voluntary service in their community. Acceptance can be quite competitive, depending on how many applications are received. This year there are spaces for seventy-five (75) participants in the program. Applicants must be 14 years old by June 19, 2017 in order to be eligible to participate.

The program will last for ten weeks, from June 26, 2017 to September 1, 2017. Volunteer shifts will be either 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm on weekdays. Each participant will be expected to arrange transportation to volunteer during their designated shift, on the same day at the same time, for at least eight (8) of the ten (10) weeks. Every volunteer must be able to attend mandatory Volunteer Orientation the week of June 19-23, and participate during the first week of the program, June 26-June 30.  Please look at these dates carefully before applying.

Volunteer Opportunities for Junior Volunteers

  • Welcoming and Wayfinding: Our large, urban campuses can be difficult to navigate. One of the most important and appreciated roles of our volunteers is to welcome patients and visitors and assist them in locating their appointment or loved one. This type of task is a great way to interact with a variety of patients and visitors and to learn your way around our facility.
  • Pediatrics and Child Care: The care of infants, children, and adolescents is a large part of the work that goes on at VCU Health. Pediatric positions may include tasks such as reading, engaging in creative activities, playing, and comforting our pediatric patients. Our child care facilities offer the opportunity to interact with young children and observe the stages of development.
  • Clerical and Office Tasks: Office and clerical volunteers may assist in finding resources, filing, and organization tasks. This is a great way to gain a behind-the-scenes perspective on healthcare.

Note: There will be a limited number of placements in each opportunity during each shift.

How the Application Process Works

The format of this application process is to help find volunteers that are the best fit for a limited number of volunteer assignments.

An application and personal statement must be COMPLETE and submitted by March 3, 2017 in order to be considered for an interview.

For those who are offered an interview, this step gives us an opportunity to meet each other.  It will help you, and us, decide if this is the right place for you to volunteer. On your application, you must provide an email address that we will use for communication, including interview invitation (if applicable). 

Acceptance into the Program

Due to the volume of applications expected, it will take some time to complete interviews.  Once interviews are complete and all decisions have been made, Volunteer Services will notify applicants by email. Individuals who are not offered a placement initially will be placed on a waiting list.

If you are accepted into the Program

Individuals who are offered a placement in the program will be given instructions to complete the participation requirements. Participation is contingent upon completing the following by given deadlines:

  • Submitting a participation form
  • Submitting health screening documentation
    • Detailed information about the immunizations and tuberculosis testing required will be given upon acceptance
    • It will be the responsibility of each selected applicant to complete those requirements and cover all costs associated
    • Attending a Volunteer Orientation
      • Multiple dates and times will be offered for the mandatory Volunteer Orientation the week of June 19-23, and will be specified in the communication sent to those offered a placement in the program 

Ready to apply?

After the applicant and parent/guardian has reviewed the information on this page:

  1. Click here to fill out the application by March 3, 2017
  2. Email personal statement (details below) to by March 3, 2017

The response to the two questions below should be written entirely by the applicant, typed, and contain no more than 200 words each. The applicant’s full name must be included. Please ensure that responses follow all requirements and are free of spelling and grammatical errors. Volunteer Services staff will be looking for responses with clear purpose and presentation.

Question 1: In 200 words or less respond to the appropriate question below:

  • If you have not participated in this program: Explain why you feel that you would be a good addition to the Junior Volunteer Program. You may include aspects of your personality, personal experiences, and hopes for the future.
  • If you have participated in the Junior Volunteer program: Describe your experience and what you gained from your participation and what you hope to bring to the program this year. You man include aspects of your personality, personal experiences, and your hopes for the future.

Question 2: In 200 words or less respond to this question:

If accepted into the Junior Volunteer Program, how do you believe this opportunity will affect you and your relationship with the community? 

Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact Volunteer Services at or (804) 828-0922.