Summer High School Volunteer Program in Wilmington

About the Program

The Summer High School Volunteer Program (SHSVP) at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children gives high school students the opportunity to volunteer during the months of their summer break. Students do worthwhile work that truly makes a difference in the overall care of patients and their families and do so in a variety of age-appropriate volunteer assignments.

How to Apply

In order to apply, high school students must be at least 16 years of age by June 15, or have completed 10th grade.


High school student volunteers must:
  • be 16 years of age or have completed 10th grade by the beginning of the summer program
  • fulfill a weekly minimum commitment during the course of the summer program (details will be available at the opening of the program in January)
  • gain medical clearance including a tuberculosis test, an immunization titer, and a urine drug screening (all provided by Nemours)
  • clear background and abuse registry screenings, including letters of recommendation
  • participate in an interview where skills, interests, and expectations are matched with the needs of patients, families and staff
  • satisfactorily complete a 4-hour orientation

Time Frame

Students are encouraged to call during the month of January only
to request an application.


Applicants must:
  • have consistent patience interacting with children from birth to age 18,
    as well as with their siblings and parents
  • be able to speak and understand English
  • be willing to learn the skills necessary to be competent in their duties
    and responsibilities


Becoming a Nemours volunteer allows you to:
  • receive exposure to careers in the medical field
  • gain invaluable learning experiences
  • fulfill school community-service requirements
  • participate in an application and interview process
  • obtain possible student credit from the State of Delaware through the Delaware Volunteer Credit Program

Application Process

Not all applicants are invited to be part of the SHSVP because interested applicants always outnumber available placements. Your willingness and desire to make a volunteer commitment as well as previous volunteer and community service experience, personal maturity level, experience with children, educational background, and career interests are taken into consideration during the application process.

Step 1: Apply for the SHSVP

Apply to be a summer high school volunteer during the month of January by completing and returning application materials, which include:
  • the application form explaining why you would like to
    participate in the program
  • the “Consent for Pre-Participation Screening” form signed
    by a parent or guardian
  • two Letters of Recommendation — High school documentation

Step 2: Interview

If selected as a potential candidate for the SHSVP, you will be invited for an interview. An interview does not guarantee placement in the program.

During the interview, we will discuss your skills, needs, and expectations. We will try to match these to the skills, needs, and expectations of the patients, families, and hospital staff.

Step 3: Background Checks, Medical Screenings, & Volunteer Orientation

If you are accepted into the SHSVP, you will be required to:
  • clear background and abuse registry screenings
  • gain medical clearance, including urine drug screen, immunization titer, and tuberculosis test
  • attend a mandatory, general orientation to prepare you for your time as a volunteer in a hospital environment
  • be trained by the hospital staff member designated as your supervisor for department-specific training


For more information, contact the Volunteer Services Department
at (302) 651-6081 or


Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I have to be to apply for and participate in the SHSVP?

High school students must be at least age 16 or in 10th grade by the application deadline.

What days and times can summer high school students volunteer?

SHSVP assignments are Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

What is the required time commitment for summer high school volunteers?

Each high school student is expected to fulfill a weekly minimum commitment during the course of the summer program. Details will be available at the opening of the program in January.

What opportunities are available for summer high school students?
Summer high school students serve in three main ways:
  • providing information and service to families
  • working in departmental offices performing clerical duties
  • assisting hospital staff in patient care areas
What are the benefits of being a summer high school volunteer?
  • make a difference by sharing your skills and knowledge
  • contribute to your community
  • meet health care professionals
  • explore career opportunities that enhance your personal growth
  • receive documentation of community service hours upon completion of the program
  • receive free tuberculosis testing, immunization titer, and urine drug screening



Contact Us

Phone: (302) 651-6081
Fax: (302) 651-6071
Location: 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803