Student Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will I be able to observe any doctors or nurses while participating in the Student Program?
A:  No. If you know a doctor or nurse at Children’s Medical Center that would be willing to have you observe them at work, you may begin the process by visiting the Observation Program site.

Q: When will I find out if I have been accepted into the program?
A: We will mail notification letters to the address provided on the application. Due to a large volume of students applying to the program, we are not able to accept every applicant. 

Q: What is the time commitment over the course of the program?
A: During the school year, September to May, students commit to serve a regularly schedule shift during the school year. The greatest need for student volunteers is Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM; however, there are a limited number of evening and weekend positions available. Students are asked to make a 50 hour volunteer commitment to participate in the school year session.

During the summer, commit to volunteer a regularly scheduled one, eight-hour shift each week during the five-week summer session of your choice. During the summer of 2012, Session A was scheduled June 4 to July 6 and Session B was scheduled July 9 to August 10. Only weekday/daytime shifts are available from 9 AM to 5 PM. Students are asked to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours. Student volunteer positions are available on the Dallas Campus only; the Legacy Campus and Southlake Specialty Center are not accepting student volunteers at this time.

Q: I will be on a family vacation or sports camp for a week during the program. Is it a problem for me to miss a week?
A: Yes. We are fortunate to have a large pool of applicants and only wish to accept those students who can commit to the same schedule over five consecutive weeks. Volunteer applicants who will be absent for even one week of the program will not be considered.

Q: One of my family members works at Children’s Medical Center. Can I volunteer during the time they will be at work?
A: It depends. If your family member works an eight-hour day, this can easily be accommodated since you could be assigned to volunteer for an eight-hour shift.

Q: Do I need to get a copy of my immunizations?
A: Yes. Sometime immunization records are not easily located, so we ask that you please begin locating these records as soon as possible. If you are accepted into the program, you will need a copy of your immunization records to complete a Children's Medical Center health information form with this information and provide a copy of these records.

Q: Do I need to start my TB testing now?
A: Please wait until you receive a letter of acceptance into the program which will provide you with important instructions regarding TB testing.

Q: I was a part of the 2012 Summer Program? Do I need to fill out an application for this year’s Summer Program this year?
A: If you fulfilled your commitment during the 2012 Summer Program you will receive an invitation to participate in this year’s program. If you did not fulfill your commitment in the summer 2012 program, you will need to complete and submit a new application. All other previous student volunteers who did not participate in the 2012 Summer Program are required to attend an Information Session and reapply to the program.