As a college volunteer in our Year-Round Program, you must commit to fulfilling the 50-hour requirement within a mostly uninterrupted six-month time period. If you leave Nashville for the summer, or will begin a study-abroad semester or quarter during the six-month time frame you want to volunteer, please wait until you are back in Nashville for the entire requisite six-months (i.e., you cannot start volunteering in the spring semester if you are leaving for the summer in May).
Following is our application process:
Watch this video to learn about volunteering at Vanderbilt.
You will be contacted by phone to discuss your application, at the end of which you may be scheduled for an in-person interview to further explore your suitability for volunteering.
Attend your in-person interview. At the interview, you will discuss your compatibility with the program, your schedule, possible placements, and complete onboarding paperwork.
Complete the background check release form. Volunteering at the Hospital & Clinics is contingent upon a completed background check.
Complete our Online Volunteer Orientation and Training, developed to provide you with overall, broad-based knowledge about volunteering in a hospital and clinical setting. It includes education about responding to emergency situations. We also offer compliance training that covers the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protecting patient privacy, among other topics.
Obtain the required immunizations, your Volunteer ID Badge and Vest.
Complete the unit-specific training developed for your volunteer placement, which may take place in a group or one-on-one setting.
Some placements provide the opportunity to shadow a current volunteer. You may shadow as many times as you need to feel comfortable before volunteering on your own.