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Year-Round Volunteering for College

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. This requirement eliminates students who must leave the Nashville area to begin a study-abroad semester or quarter during this six-month commitment.

Following is our application process:

Step 1
Watch this video to learn about volunteering at Vanderbilt.

Step 2
Apply online for our Fall 2019 program.  Please also consider these questions before you apply.  The application window will close on Friday, August 23, 2019.

Step 3
If we accept your application into the Fall Program, you will be invited to attend an Undergraduate Information Session on Thursday, April 29  from 6p-8p (time approximate; pizza provided).  Please keep this date/time available!

Step 4
Participate in a phone interview.

Step 5
Complete the background check release form.  Volunteering at the Hospital & Clinics is contingent upon a completed background check. 

Step 6
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.

Step 7

Obtain the required immunizations, your Volunteer ID Badge and Vest.

Step 8

Complete the unit-specific training developed for your volunteer placement, which  may take place in a group or one-on-one setting.

Step 9
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.