Teen Summer Volunteers
(For Students Ages 15 – 17)

Our summer volunteer program is for teens age 15 – 17. The program runs for 8 weeks from mid-June through mid-August. We accept applications March 1 – 10 only. Applicants who submit their materials after March 10 go on a waiting list.

If you have questions about volunteering at Gillette, email volunteer@gillettechildrens.com or call 651-578-5004.

Volunteer Requirements

Please note: We have a limited number of teen summer volunteer openings.  Teen volunteers must:

  • Be 15 – 17 years of age (applicants over 18 please apply for our adult hospital and clinic volunteer opportunities)
  • Be able to volunteer for 3 hours, once a week, for the duration of the 8-week summer program
  • Attend a personal interview at the hospital
  • Attend a volunteer orientation session in June
  • Be available to volunteer during weekday hours
  • Be comfortable interacting with children who have disabilities
  • Commit to maintaining patient confidentiality
  • Provide documentation of a TST (Mantoux) test
  • Provide vaccination information

Volunteer Application Process

When we are accepting volunteers, teens must:

  • Complete an online application (only for students who are ages 15 – 17 and are applying for summer volunteer positions)
  • Submit one teacher or guidance counselor reference form
  • Have a parent or guardian print, sign and return a parent release form

PLEASE NOTE: Applications are complete when all forms (online application, reference form and parental release form) are completed and submitted to Gillette Volunteer Services.

Volunteer Interviews and Selection

We will contact applicants who have submitted all required paperwork to provide them with additional information about the interview date, orientation session, and medical and health requirements.

Sample Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers assist staff, patients and families in a variety of ways at our hospital and outpatient clinics. Below are some of the most the most common volunteer positions that we offer for teen summer volunteers.

Patient and Family Interaction Opportunities

Volunteers interact with patients and families in a variety of ways. Some of our opportunities include:

  • Daytime crafts: Feeling artistic? Offer arts and crafts activities (provided) to patients and their siblings. Craft activities are a great way to interact with our patients and their families! (Weekdays during business hours only.)
  • Greeter: Welcome patients and families to the hospital. Assist them with strollers and wheelchairs, escort them to appointments, and deliver flowers and gifts to patient rooms. (Weekdays during business hours only. Must be able to walk comfortably, push wheelchairs and life up to 20 pounds.)
  • Guest services: Assist families in our Health Resources and Education center. Help families and staff find information online, create CaringBridge websites or check out books from our library. (Weekdays during business hours only. Basic computer skills required.)

Career-Focused and Office Support Opportunities

Many of our opportunities are perfect for people seeking to learn about health care careers or gain valuable office experience. Some of our opportunities include:

  • Office support: Assist staff in various departments with clerical needs. Opportunities might include helping in our hospital school, New Patient Services department or Nursing Education and Practice department. (Weekdays during business hours only. Computer and basic office skills required.)
  • Radiology and imaging (X-ray): Assist with digitizing X-ray films for our busy department. (Weekdays during business hours only.)
  • Rehabilitation therapies: This opportunity is perfect for physical or occupational therapy students or those thinking about careers in rehabilitation therapies. Assist with setting up therapy sessions and other department support (making copies, running errands, etc.). (Weekdays during business hours and Saturday mornings. St. Paul Campus and various clinic locations.)
  • Materials Management: Help our hospital run more smoothly by assisting with stocking shelves, filling supply orders and delivering supplies throughout the hospital. (Weekend day shifts available. Must be able to walk comfortably, push carts, reach above the head, and life up to 30 pounds. Basic computer skills required.)