College Student Volunteer

College student volunteers help patients and their families in a variety of ways

Become a Volunteer

There are many important and fulfilling volunteer opportunities available for college students like you! Take the first step toward helping families at Children’s Mercy by signing up to receive notification when applications are being accepted.

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2017-2018 Academic Year College Student Volunteer Program

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Children's Mercy! Our student volunteer roles are highly competitive and registration can close within weeks of opening. 

The 2017-2018 Academic Year College Student Volunteer Session is a 40 week volunteer commitment for students interested in volunteering on the same day and at the same time each week. Students must complete a minimum of 100 volunteer hours during this time. The dates for this session are Monday, August 21, 2017 through Sunday, May 20, 2018. 

Please note all communication will be sent to you via email. Please use a valid email address that you check often, and make sure to add as a safe sender so the communication you receive does not go to your junk box/spam folder.


  • Students must be 18 years old by July 17 2017 to qualify for Child Life and/or nursing roles.
  • Submit completed health form and application to; submit hirevue online interview.
  • 100 hour commitment (must complete to be considered for another session).

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Monday, July 17 – Deadline to submit required completed health form, application, and online interview.
  • Thursday, Aug. 3 or Monday, Aug. 14 – Orientation dates for new students. Students are only required to attend one. 
  • Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 through Sunday, May 20, 2018 – The Academic Year Session, during which students must complete 100 hours of service.  

Get Experience and Give Back

Our college student volunteers are integral to our work serving the families at Children’s Mercy and each role is equally important in our mission to transform the lives of children in our care.

By volunteering at Children’s Mercy, you’re stepping up to support thousands of kids facing illness or injury and their families — and that’s a big deal.

While you won’t be able to shadow the medical staff or watch procedures, you will be an important supporting member of the team, providing comfort and creating the best experience possible for families visiting Children’s Mercy.

We couldn’t provide the care we do without volunteers like you.

Explore Volunteer Opportunities for College Students

Every volunteer has the opportunity to provide comfort to patients, families and visitors, ensuring each and every person who walks through our doors has a positive experience while at Children’s Mercy.

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Guest Services & Hospitality Roles

Help make every visitor feel welcome and ensure they have the most comfortable visit possible from the moment they walk in the door and throughout their stay.

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Outpatient Roles

Do fun activities with patients and their families to help pass time in the waiting room area.

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Inpatient Roles

Provide much needed support to the parents and patients spending time at Children’s Mercy through daytime and evening activities that help promote a positive experience during a difficult time.

College Student Volunteer Requirements

Please read the following requirements carefully and ensure you meet all of them before submitting your application. This process is in place to provide a safe, positive experience for our patients and their families, and for you as a volunteer.

  • Age: You are at least 18 years old and enrolled in college courses.
  • Time Commitment: You can work a three-hour shift in a specific role each week. For summer sessions, volunteers are asked to commit to 30 hours of service. During school sessions, volunteers are asked to commit to 100 hours of service.
  • Health & Background Clearance: The health and safety of our patients and their families is paramount, so you’ll be required to pass a background check and complete a health form.
  • Performance Standards: You are prepared to abide by all of our hospital’s policies including all patient confidentiality rules and customer service expectations.

How to Become a Volunteer

When you’re ready to join our team of dedicated college student volunteers, here are the steps you’ll take:

Step 1

Fill Out an Application

If you are a current or returning student, you will only need to complete step one.

Step 2

Send in Your Health Form

Complete a health and consent form and send us your completed form and a copy of your immunization records.

Step 3

Attend an Online Info Session & Interview

Once we receive your health form, we will send online links for both the application and online interview to the email address you provided. 

Step 4

Get Your Background Check

The final step is to make sure your background check is clear.

Have Questions About Being a Volunteer While in College?

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about becoming a volunteer at Children’s Mercy.

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