High school students and individuals who can volunteer while school is out for the summer are able to participate in Connecticut Children’s Summer Program. Volunteers must be at least 15-years-old, though opportunities in some departments require volunteers to be at least 16 or 18 years of age. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of eight weeks of service (between June 19 and August 31) and a minimum of one 3-hour shift per week.
While every effort is made to place volunteers in areas they will find rewarding, positions cannot be guaranteed within any particular program or during any particular shift.
We encourage you to submit your application packet as soon as possible as we are only accepting the first 100 completed applications for consideration. Preference is given to children of Connecticut Children’s employees and returning volunteers.
To fully understand what is required of a Connecticut Children’s Volunteer, we strongly encourage you to read through our Frequently Asked Questions.
Our summer program begins June 20 and ends August 31. You must be available to start the week of June 20. Exceptions are not permitted.
Only applicants who completed all requirements during the prior summer are considered “returning volunteers.” All others should complete documentation as a new applicant.
Enrollment in our summer volunteer program takes place from mid-February through March. Applications received after the closing date will be placed on a waiting list.
Applications missing any of the required forms and documentation outlined in the application packet will not be considered for placement. Please send in your application after you have gathered all of the required documentation including the results of a current TB (PPD) test.
You may ask a teacher, employer, business acquaintance, coach, neighbor or group leader (i.e. from an organization such as Boy Scouts) or church leader to complete your recommendation form. Forms may notbe completed by a relative or peer. Please do not submit the letter separately from your application.
As a medical facility, we are required to maintain that all volunteers are at least 15-years-old by January 1st of the current year. In order to have patient contact, volunteers must be at least 18-years-old.
Volunteers who are at least 15-years-old can participate in our outpatient art program, Reach Out and Read and in various clerical assignments throughout Connecticut Children’s. Learn more about our summer volunteer opportunities.
No, the Volunteer Program does not allow you to shadow a nurse or physician in their work. Please note that our volunteers provide services that are strictly non-clinical and are not able to shadow nurses, doctors and clinicians, or to take vital signs and observe procedures.
Yes! Some areas within Connecticut Children’s need volunteer support in the early mornings, evenings or on weekends. Learn more about our summer volunteer opportunities.
All correspondence will be through email. Please make sure that emails from ‘@connecticutchildrens.org’ are not blocked. The email address provided on your application should be legible, current and monitored. If you do not have an email account, please create one before submitting your application.
We do encourage even our youngest volunteers to take responsibility for their part in the application process, because they are the ones who ultimately need to make the commitment to our program. Any inquiries regarding the volunteer process or the status of an application should be made by the applicant.
This is a popular program and there are limited spaces available. The interview gives us an opportunity to meet each other and for you to see the medical center environment. It might help you decide if this is the right place for you to volunteer, and we can be assured that we are accepting students who will be well-suited and committed to the program. Unfortunately, not everyone will be called in for an interview due to the amount of applications we receive. If you don’t receive an interview or a position, we encourage you to reapply next summer.
Acceptance into the program requires a successful in-person interview with a staff member of the Volunteer Services department. Interviews are scheduled beginning in March until all available placements are filled.
All volunteers are expected to follow our dress code policy. Every volunteer is required to wear an official summer volunteer t-shirt (issued by Volunteer Services), khaki pants and a hospital issued ID badge. Dress code prohibits the wearing of blue jeans, sweatpants, exercise pants, shorts, hats, sunglasses, and open-toed shoes.
Connecticut Children’s believes in individuality for each of our volunteers. Working autonomously is vital to the success of our program and those who volunteer. Although it is possible to be placed on the same day, at the same time, siblings are given separate placements.
No. But you can encourage your friend to become a volunteer.
To be most effective and successful, volunteers must be committed to the program. We have minimum commitment requirements for each volunteer program and ask that you please review all requirements before applying. Our summer program requires a commitment of three hours per week for a minimum of seven weeks to be completed between June 20 and August 31. No more than two absences are allowed during the summer program.
We begin with one shift per week. If you are consistently available for that first shift, you may discuss adding a second shift with Volunteer Services. There are also times that we need extra help or someone needs coverage for a scheduled vacation. Those opportunities will be shared via email.
Our summer program begins June 20 and ends August 31. If you are available to start in May and have completed all placement requirements, we’d gladly have you start in May. However, a seven week commitment must still be fulfilled between June 20 and August 31.
All summer volunteers must be available to start the week of June 20, without exceptions. We allow a maximum of two weeks away from the program. The weeks do not have to be consecutive. If you will need to miss more than two weeks, we suggest that you postpone volunteering until you’re able to meet the seven week commitment.
Reference letters and/or verification of hours will not be provided unless the volunteer has completed the agreed upon hours of volunteer service. Volunteers who do not fulfill their commitment will not be invited to return to the program the following summer.
Below are the required forms for both new applicants and returning volunteers.
High school students, please note: if you do not have a valid driver’s license or passport, you are required to provide an alternate government issued photo ID (i.e., a Connecticut ID card) or school ID card that includes your photo. Photo identification is required to obtain your Connecticut Children’s volunteer program ID badge (after orientation is complete).
How to Apply
All forms contained in the new or returning volunteer application packet must be completed and returned to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center via mail only. Due to the overwhelming volume of applications we receive, we cannot accept application packets that are dropped off at the medical center. Incomplete applications will not be considered. For more information, please contact Volunteer Services.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
282 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106