UW Medical Center Summer Teen Program

The 2019 UW Medical Center Summer Teen Volunteer Program is now open for applications.

The Summer Teen Volunteer Program takes place June through August and is open to teenagers aged 16 through 18, who have not yet graduated from high school. Teenagers who participate in the program build leadership, teamwork and customer service skills and gain valuable exposure to the hospital environment in a nationally recognized academic medical center. 

Summer teen volunteers greet and direct visitors, transport patients, deliver specimens to the lab, deliver flowers and mail to patients, support the Information Desk, and assist staff with special projects.

Due to the critical healthcare environment at UW Medical Center, candidates for this program must be mature, reliable, self-directed, motivated, confident, and able to work independently. They must also demonstrate excellent customer service and communication skills and be comfortable working with diverse populations.

2019 Program Deadlines

Application deadline for the 2019 UWMC Summer Teen Volunteer Program is Friday, April 5, at 4 p.m. Please make sure all application materials are submitted by this deadline to UW Medical Center Volunteer Services, 1959 NE Pacific Street, Room NN-303, Seattle, WA 98195. No exceptions.

To be considered, all applications must be complete. The applicant must meet the age requirements, and the application and all paper forms required must be received by the deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Step 1: Complete the online application

The application is available online and will be received upon submission. There are required written responses in this application, so please allow yourself time to complete it.

Step 2: Turn in the Reference Form and Background Check

There are two additional forms that will be emailed to the applicant. Applications will not be considered complete until these forms are received on or before the deadline on April 5. These forms must be received TOGETHER, not separately.

If you are mailing these forms in close to the deadline, we recommend dropping them off in person in a clearly labeled envelope at the UW Medical Center Volunteer Services office.

We are located in the main UW Medical Center, Room NN-303 on the main 3rd floor, directly across from the Pacific Elevators. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

All applications must be received by 4 p.m. on April 5.

Even if your documents are postmarked on or before the deadline and received after the deadline, they will not be considered.  The UW mail system can be slow. Even Next Day FedEx mailers do not get to us on time if mailed too close to the deadline.

Please Note The Following:

  • There are a limited number of positions available; an application does not guarantee placement in the program. We usually get four to six times as many applications than available placements. Priority placement will be given to returning UWMC Summer Teen Volunteers and to applicants that live in the immediate Seattle area.
  • Participation in this volunteer program will not give you any preference for admission to the UW. If you live farther away than the immediate Seattle area, volunteering at your local hospital will provide you with the same level of experience and admission consideration as volunteering at UWMC.
  • If you are 18 years old and graduating high school in June 2019, you can apply as an adult volunteer after graduation.

Returning Summer Teen Volunteers

Please complete the new online application. Under 'Demographic Information' you can select 'Yes' that you are a returning volunteer.

You DO NOT have to complete another reference form or background check. Please ignore the email that asks you to submit these two documents. You will receive instructions in a few weeks that will tell you what your next steps are.

Requirements for Summer Teen Volunteers

  • Minimum age requirement: 16 at the time of application. No exceptions. You will be required to show identification in person as part of the onboarding process.
  • Commitment: Must be available to attend required interviews, orientations, and trainings in April, May and June. Minimum total of 30 hours of service completed during the summer months (July/August). Minimum of four hours of service per week, with a maximum of 12 hours per week
  • A minimum of six weeks participation is required within the eight week run of the program
  • No break in service longer than two weeks during the duration of the program. No exceptions. Please do not apply if you know you will be gone for longer than two weeks this summer.
  • Pass Washington State Background Check (provided by UW Medical Center, if accepted)
  • Purchase and wear volunteer uniform polo shirt or jacket, and follow UW Medical Center Professional Image Policy
  • Follow and abide by UW Medical Center Service Culture Guidelines
  • Ability to work independently with confidence
  • Ability to demonstrate excellent critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence
  • Must be able to provide documentation of the following immunization history:

Required immunizations prior to application (responsibility of volunteer):

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

Varicella (Chicken Pox) - completed 2 shot series

If you have had Chicken Pox, a blood titer to confirm this is required

Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) within last 10 years

Required screenings and immunizations after acceptance (provided at no cost to you by UW Medical Center)

Seasonal Flu shot (Given October-June only) 

Tuberculosis (TB) two test series screening

In lieu of the two test TB series a QuantiFERON (IGRA) test completed within the last 30 days is acceptable (volunteer responsibility)

Please note:

Your application will not be considered unless you have official documentation of the immunizations, tests and/or a blood titer for immunizations required BEFORE application.

You will be asked to provide records for these specific immunizations. If accepted to the program you will be required to get a two test TB series and a seasonal flu shot (both provided at no cost by UWMC).

If you have or do test positive for TB, you will need to have chest x-ray results completed within the last 12 months (volunteer responsibility). There are no exceptions to these requirements.

How to Apply

Step 1: Summer Teen Volunteer Application

  • Immunizations outlined in the application are required prior to application, no exceptions. If accepted, TB testing will be provided.
  • Please do not turn any medical records in to Volunteer Services.

Step 2: Reference Form/Background Check Form

  • Who may complete the Reference Form?
    • Teacher/Counselor
    • Supervisor/Boss
    • Neighbor or adult family friend that can speak to your character (not a peer)
    • Coach or group leader (i.e. from an organization such as Boy Scouts), church leader or community leader
  • Who may not complete the Reference Form?
    • Relative
    • Peer / Friend
  • Please remember that the completed Reference Form and the Background Check Form must be turned in by the deadline. They should not be copied, faxed, emailed, or mailed separately.  All forms must include original signature and be submitted in a clearly labeled envelope.

Mail or turn in your completed Reference Form and Background Check form to:

Volunteer Services
University of Washington Medical Center
1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 356144, Room NN303
Seattle, WA 98195-6144

Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Please note that space is limited. Application does not guarantee placement in the program.

If mailing your application, please note that UW mail (delivery of USPS, UPS and FedEx mail) is slow. If you are mailing your Reference Form and Background Check in close to the deadline we recommend dropping it off in person in lieu of using these services. Volunteer Services, NN-303, Main Medical Center.

Late paperwork will not be accepted.


Please contact UW Medical Center Volunteer Services at 206.598.4218