High School Program
Each summer high school students volunteer in order to gain experience working in a hospital setting. Students do support work that truly makes a difference in the overall care of patients and their families and do so in a variety of age-appropriate assignments. We offer positions in various departments throughout the hospital. Many placements allow the high school students to interact with patients and families at the hospital. Our summer high school volunteer program is highly competitive and applications are chosen through a lottery system. Placements are decided by the Volunteer Service Office staff based on the number of available openings in the hospital and the number of applications received.
Applicants must have consistent patience interacting with children from birth to age 18 as well as with their siblings and parents. They must also be able to speak and understand English and be willing to learn the skills necessary to be competent in their duties and responsibilities. Lastly, all student volunteers must adhere to the Nemours Standards of Behavior and be committed to the Nemours True North goal of helping patients and families receive exactly the care they need and want, how and when they need and want it. If you are interested in applying for the summer high school volunteer program, the application is open only during the month of February. All applications and recommendation letters are due by February 28.
Due to continued efforts to minimize safety risks brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to accept any new High School volunteers for the summer of 2021. Please re-visit this page in early 2022 to learn about our 2022 Summer High School Volunteer Program.
- Must be 16 years or older by June 15 and have completed sophomore year of high school
- Must be able to speak and understand English
- Must be willing to learn the skills necessary to be competent in their duties and responsibilties
- Must commit to being here for 7 of the 8 weeks during the program
Due to COVID-19, we are unable to accept any new High School volunteers for the summer of 2021.
If you are selected as a potential candidate for the SHSVP, you will be invited to attend an Interview/Information group session. Attendance at this session is mandatory; however, it does not guarantee placement in the program.
If you are accepted into the SHSVP, you will be required to:
- gain medical clearances
- complete online training
- submit the required forms
- pass background checks if you are 18 years or older
Frequently Asked Questions for High School Students
High school students must be at least 16 years of age by June 15.
SHSVP assignments are Monday through Friday during regular business hours. A student will be given a schedule with the same assignment(s) and time each week.
Summer high school students serve in three main ways:
- providing information and service to families
- working in departmental offices
- assisting in patient care areas
We are unable to accommodate senior projects through the Volunteer Services Department.
Because you are still in high school when you apply, you should complete and submit the summer high school application. You will not be eligible to participate in the college program until the fall semester of your freshman year of college.
Job shadowing, internships, externships, and observing are academic pursuits, and therefore are not coordinated through the Volunteer Services Department. If you need further information, please call the hospital’s general number, (302) 651-4000 and ask to be connected to your department of interest.
No. All teens must attend an interview/information session in order to be eligible to volunteer during the summer.
The summer program is designed to be educational for the students and supportive for our patients and staff. If you cannot participate 7 out of the 8 weeks, we encourage you to apply next summer.
If you are able to volunteer during the work week during working hours you are able to apply. Only those students who have successfully completed the Summer High school volunteer program may volunteer during the school year on the weekends and evenings.