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Volunteering FAQs

Why Consider Volunteering?

Volunteering can be a rewarding experience, not only enhancing a patient's care but also enriching your own life as you interact, share and communicate with patients, visitors and staff.

As an NYU Winthrop Hospital Volunteer, you would have the opportunity to discover the challenge, joy and sense of well-being that is derived from helping others. As members of NYU Winthrop Hospital's dynamic healthcare team, our volunteers are respected, recognized and appreciated.

Is there an age requirement?

Yes, the minimum age for volunteering is 16.

Is there an application process?

Yes. It involves an application, medical clearance and orientation.

How long does the application process take?

On an average, the Senior Volunteers can take up to 4-6 weeks. The Teen Volunteers are recruited twice annually.

How long will my application be kept on file?

Currently, applications are held for one year.

Will I be able to shadow a doctor?

No. This is not done through Volunteer Services. Please contact the Chairperson of the field of medicine you are interested in.

Are there any shadowing opportunities available through Volunteer Services?

Yes. After completing 40 hours of volunteering, only students that need shadowing as a prerequisite for PT, OT, or PA are processed through volunteering.

Is there a dress code?

Yes. A proper dress code, volunteer jacket and ID Badge are required at all times during the volunteer's shift.

Are there research positions available?

Research is not a volunteer opportunity. To inquire about research, please contact the Research Department at 516-663-4603.

Does volunteering lead to employment?

No. Volunteer services do not lead to employment.

I am a certified EKG Tech/Phlebotomist/EMT, will I be able to practice these skills?

No. Volunteers are not permitted to perform any clinical functions or invasive procedures.

Will I have direct patient contact?

Yes. Volunteers in patient areas will have direct, non-physical contact with patients.