Frequently Asked Questions about Volunteering at UC San Diego Health

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Is there an age requirement for volunteering at UC San Diego Health?

Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

Are there any applicants you are not able to accept?

We are not able to accept court-ordered service applications.

How do I get started becoming a volunteer?

Fill out and submit an application prior to one of our volunteer orientations, which are held approximately six times a year.

How do I apply?

Check our website for orientation dates and information on how to apply. Orientation dates are posted five weeks before the session will be held. At that point, you have approximately three weeks to submit an application.

Can I apply before or after that time?

We only accept applications during the three-week application period before an orientation. Applications submitted outside that time frame are not reviewed or retained.

How are volunteers selected?

Applications are screened individually and volunteers are not selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications must be filled out completely and legibly. Specifically, we would like to know what areas of UC San Diego Health you are interested in, what your motivation for volunteering is and what qualities you have that you think will enhance our program.

Is previous volunteer or medical experience required?

No prior experience is required.

Are there any medical requirements for volunteering?

You will be required to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella and varicella (chicken pox). This can be done by providing proof of two immunizations for each of these diseases or a blood titer report from a lab that shows immunity. Clearance for tuberculosis (TB) is also required, but if you are accepted into the program, UC San Diego Health will provide that screening.

Where are volunteers placed?

Can I shadow physicians and other care providers as a volunteer?

Shadowing is not part of the Volunteer Services Program.

What kind of commitment is required for volunteering?

The minimum volunteer commitment is 100 hours, which typically takes six to seven months to complete, with one, four-hour shift per week. We ask that anyone interested in applying, really consider whether or not they have the time to make this long-term commitment. Please note that to receive verification of hours, the minimum commitment of 100 hours must be met.

Can I volunteer more than once a week?

This can be discussed during the placement interview.

May I volunteer if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Certain visa classifications may not be eligible for participation in the volunteer program because of government restrictions. Contact Volunteer Services at for more information.

Is volunteering a good inroad to getting a job with UC San Diego Health?

There is no real link between Human Resources and Volunteer Services, so if you are interested in jobs at UC San Diego Health, it’s best to check out their employment website.

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