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Attention TEEN Applicants
We will be accepting applications beginning August 1st through August 15th in PDF or Word document format emailed to on a first come basis until we reach capacity. The application will be available online beginning August 1st through August 10th. Once we received your application we will send you an email confirmation. Invitations to the next Teen Orientation will be based on volunteer positions available. NOTE: Be sure that you are available to commit though the entire academic year (September/October through June 2015).

We are excited and want to thank you for choosing Miami Children's Hospital for your volunteer service. The Volunteer Resources Department orients, interviews, trains and places all qualified who want to volunteer. We enthusiastically welcome individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. Applicants must be at least 14 years of age and, in most cases, at least 16 years of age to work directly with the young patients. Applicants must have good general health, be able to communicate well in English (knowledge of a second language is a plus!), and be willing to purchase a volunteer uniform. Below are the basic requirements to consider before submitting your applications.

  1. Must provide a Social Security number to be processed as a volunteer (ADULT/COLLEGE ONLY)

  2. Must make an agreement to commit in their assigned areas under one of the following commitment categories:

      Volunteer weekly in a three hour shift
      2 Absences allowed in a 3 month period of time

    • Summer Commitment (TEENS & Non-local COLLEGE STUDENTS ONLY, not available to local college students)
      Volunteer 2 times a week in a three hour shift
      2 Absences allowed during the full summer commitment period
      Application must be received by March 30, to be eligible for the Summer Program
      Required to volunteer June 1 through August 31 – NO EXCEPTIONS

      Volunteer weekly in a three hour shift
      2 Absences allowed in a 3 month period of time

  3. Complete & Submit Volunteer Application found at the bottom of this page or in the forms section, with contains specific instructions on the application process. COLLEGE & TEEN Applicants must submit applications by March 30, to be eligible for the Summer Program. Once your application is complete, scan & email to After your application has been received, you will be emailed a Volunteer Orientation Notice invitation. If you do not receive an email that your application was received, follow up with a phone call.

    Please note that applications must be sent in Microsoft Word or PDF format. No other file formats will be accepted.


    The Volunteer Department runs a yearlong program for volunteers. Orientations for prospective new volunteers are held on a need basis. Therefore, we open the program periodically to accept new volunteers. Teen Orientations and volunteer service placements are determined by program capacity of 200 teen volunteers. Once volunteers begin, we understand commitments change at certain times of the year. At these times, we will accommodate schedules based on availability.

    Teen Volunteers must submit their applications along with the following:

    1. Documentation of Measles, Rubella (MMR) & Chicken Pox
    2. Most recent report cards (All academic grades must be C or better and Conduct Grades must be B or better to be eligible for the program)
    3. Copy of birth certificates or proof of age (14 years of age minimum requirement)

    We accept applications and documentations through:

    1. March 30 to be eligible to attend Orientation in April the Summer Program.
    2. July 31 to be eligible to attend Orientation in August.

    Due to the high level of applications we receive year round, the above dates do not guarantee an invite to attend orientation. Qualified applicants are invited on a first come basis; therefore we recommend you submit your completed application early. If we reach capacity applicants may submit for the next application period.

  4. Complete Orientations & Training provided by the Volunteer Resources Department. You will be sent an Orientation notice invitation after your application has been received. The Volunteer Orientation takes approximately two hours. Additional training is required for anyone wishing to volunteer in Patient Areas and the Child Care Center. The Patient Care Workshops takes approximately 3 hours. All other departments train on the job.

  5. A face to face interview will be scheduled after completing a Volunteer Orientation. The purpose of the interview is to help us and you become acquainted and decide if you will join our volunteer program, as well as determine volunteer placement and schedule options.

  6. A uniform volunteer shirt is purchased by the volunteer once accepted into the program, to be worn at all times with a Volunteer ID while volunteering.

  7. Verification of Hours are verified and signed off AFTER the minimum commitment has been met.

  8. Include ALL childhood immunizations if available. College students can find records at their college/university health office.
Further details will be provided at the volunteer Orientation.