High School Volunteer Program
Each year, The University of Kansas Health System in the Kansas City area offers a high school summer volunteer program. This is a unique opportunity for teens who have an interest in the healthcare field to learn how an academic medical center really works. These volunteers not only will get to make a difference in the lives of our patients, they will also get firsthand experience in observing both the patient care and nonpatient care sides of the health system.
Applications for summer 2023 opens January 2, 2023. Apply here.
This volunteer program is open to high school students – those entering high school as freshmen through those entering their senior year in the fall.
To qualify, volunteers must:
- Be at least 14 years of age by program launch of June 1, 2023.
- Commit to volunteer from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 1 full 2-week session (Monday-Thursday).
- Session 1: June 5-15
- Session 2: June 19-29
- Session 3: July 10-20
- Session 4: July 24-August 3
- Attend one in-person orientation
- 8 a.m.-noon, June 1 (Sessions 1 and 2)
- 8 a.m.-noon, July 6 (Sessions 3 and 4)
- Complete our online volunteer application.
- Write a 250 to 500-word essay on “Why I Want to Volunteer at The University of Kansas Health System.”*
- Apply by the deadline of March 17, 2023.
*Essays must be submitted so we can consider your application and advance the process.
High school students share their volunteer stories
I always knew from a young age I wanted to be in the medical field, and so my heart is set on nursing, hoping to go here eventually. And I like seeing all the different areas of possibilities that nurses can work in because that's something that I didn't know.
I came into it thinking I would get experience for college and that's what I'm doing right now, but also I was thinking mostly doctor and nurse, but what you said, I didn't expect to see so many other different professions.
I ended up getting to hold a human brain, which is very cool. Yeah, it was squishy and rubbery, which was really weird.
I got to see a radio frequency ablation and I basically just got to see the doctor work with the patient and everything that goes behind the procedure is really cool.
I definitely want to go into the medical field, so getting to see their daily lives and what it looks like for them in a real hospital experience is really cool just to see.
Definitely to gain experience and especially since I'm volunteering in the unit I want to do when I'm older, is to just gain the respect you have for these patients who are here and they don't want to be here, but they have to be treated.
Listening to get to know people, because it's those small conversations that brighten up your day or make your day more interesting.
Honestly, just patient interaction. I like meeting new people and talking to new people. That's one of the things I look forward to a lot.
What I'm trying to gain here is learning about different areas and fields of medicine that I could pursue in the future.
I'm really curious about it, and after joining this program I've learned a lot more and I think it's something I want to pursue.