High school students and individuals who can volunteer while school is out for the summer are able to participate in Connecticut Children's Summer Program. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old, though opportunities in some departments require volunteers to be older. Volunteers must commit to a minimum of eight weeks of service between June 22 and August 31 and a minimum of one 3-hour shift per week.
High school students please note: If you do not have a valid driver's license or passport, you are required to provide an alternate government issued photo ID (i.e., a Connecticut ID card) or school ID card that includes your photo. Photo identification is required to obtain your Connecticut Children's Volunteer Program ID Badge.
To fully understand what is required of a Connecticut Children's Volunteer, we strongly encourage you to read through our Frequently Asked Questions .
When does the summer program begin and end?
- Our summer program begins June 22, 2020 and ends August 31, 2020. You must be available to start the week of June 22, 2020.
- Exceptions are not permitted.
How many weeks of volunteering are required during the Summer Program??
- Our Summer Program requires a commitment of three hours per week for a minimum of eight weeks to be completed between June 22, 2020 and August 31, 2020.
- A maximum of two absences are allowed during the Summer Program.
What is a "Returning Volunteer"?
- Applicants who completed the all requirements during the prior summer only are considered "returning volunteers".
- Requirements include: completing first shift during the week of June 24, 2019, completing a minimum of 8 weeks of service, and having no more than 2 absences.
- Volunteers that did not complete the program requirements as outline above, or have never participated, should complete the application as a new applicant
I have to get a copy of my immunization records from my doctor. Can I submit my application without my immunization records and send them in later?
- Because the application and interview period for the Summer Only Program is limited, we require that standard immunization documentation be submitted with the original application submission. Please note, the required immunization form can be found on both the application form and under the Document tab and must be signed by your healthcare provider.
- Although you will be able to leave and come back to your online application to upload any missing components, you will be unable to submit your application for consideration until all required fields are completed.
- Standard immunization documentation includes the MMR series and a current TDaP. Titer documentation is also acceptable. Once accepted into the Summer Program, you will need to provide documentation of a current 2-step PPD or the results of a negative Quantiferon test. You will have a maximum of two weeks to satisfy this requirement.
Can I print out my application and drop it off?
- All applications must be completed online.
- All supporting documentation must be uploaded through the website.
- Applications or supporting documentation not completed and received through the website will not be considered for placement.
Who should I ask to complete my Recommendation Forms?
- You may ask a teacher, employer, business acquaintance, coach, neighbor or group leader (i.e. from an organization such as Boy Scouts) or church leader to complete your recommendation form.
- Forms my not be completed by a relative or peer.
What is the minimum age to become a volunteer in the summer program?
- You must be at least 15 years old by January 1st of the current year in order to participate in the Summer Program.
Will I be able to observe any doctors or nurses while participating in the Summer Program?
- The Volunteer Program does not allow you to shadow a nurse or physician in their work.
- Please note that our volunteers provide services that are strictly non-clinical and are are not able to shadow nurses, doctors or clinicians, or to take vital signs or observe procedures.
I'm busy during the day. Can I still volunteer?
- Yes! Some areas within Connecticut Children's need volunteer support in the early mornings, evenings or on weekends.
- Current available placements are listed on the application form.
How will you communicate with me?
- All correspondence will be through e-mail.
- If you do not have an e-mail account, please create one. You will need one to registered on our website prior to beginning the application process.
- Please make sure that e-mail from @connecticutchildrens.org are not blocked or filtered.
My son received an e-mail to schedule an interview. He's so busy with school and sports! He asked that I call to set up his appointment and check to see if there's anything else he needs to do?
- We do encourage even our youngest volunteers to take responsiblity for thier part in the application process, because they are the ones who ultimately need to make the commitment to our program.
- Any inquiries regarding the volunteer process or the status of an application should be made by the applicant.
What are the interviews about? Does everyone get one? Why are they done?
- This is a popular program and there are limited spaces available. The interview gives us an opportunity to meet each other and for you to see the medical center environment.
- It might help you decide if this is the right place for you to volunteer, and we can be assured that we are accepting individuals who will be well-suited and committed to the program.
- Interviews normally take between 45 minutes and an hour and are conducted during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.
- Unfortunately, not everyone will be called in for an interview due to the amount of applications we receive. If you don't receive an interview or a position, we encourage you to reapply next summer.
I'd like to apply to the Summer Program, but I attend school out-of-state and won't be home until May. Can I still participate?
- Acceptance into the program requries a successful in-person interview with a staff member of the Volunteer Services department.
- Interviews are scheduled beginning in March until all available placements are filled.
- We do not offer either telephone, Skype, or Face-Time interviews.
Do I have to wear a uniform?
- All volunteers are expected to follow our dress code policy.
- Every volunteer is required to wear an official summer volunteer t-shirt (issued by Volunteer Services at no cost), pants or long skirts that are either khaki or black and a hospital issued ID badge.
- Dress code prohibits the wearing of blue jeans, sweatpants, exercise pants, leggings, jeggings, shorts, hats, sunglasses and open-toed shoes.
- Head coverings are allowed for medical or religious purposes.
Can my sibling and I volunteer together?
- Connecticut Children's believes in individuality for each of our volunteers.
- Working autonomously is vital to the success of our program and those who volunteer.
- Although it might be possible to be placed on the same day, at the same time, siblings are given separate placements.
Can I bring my best friend to help me out?
- No, but you can encourage your friend to become a volunteer.
Can I volunteer more than once a week?
- We begin with one shift per week.
- If you are consistently available for that first shift, you may discuss adding a second shift with Volunteer Services.
- There are also times that we need extra help or someone needs coverage for a scheduled vacation. Those opportunities will be shared via e-mail.
I'm a college student and will be available to start my volunteer commitment in May. Should I still apply for the Summer Program?
- Our Summer Program begins June 22, 2020 and ends August 31, 2020.
- If you are available to start in May and have completed all replacement requirements, we'd gladly have you start in May.
- However, an eight week commitment must still be fulfilled between June 22 and August 31.
I have a family vacation planned in July and then I'm going to Band Camp. Can I still participate in the Summer Program?
- All summer volunteers must be available to start the week of June 22, 2020, no exceptions.
- We allow a maximum of two weeks (two missed shifts) away from the program.
- The weeks do not have to be consecutive.
- If you need to miss more than two weeks, we suggest that you postpone volunteering until you're able to meet the eight week commitment.
What if I am unable to fulfill my eight week commitment?
- Verification of hours will not be provided unless the volunteer has completed all requirements of the Summer Program.
- Volunteers that do not fulfill their commitment will not receive priority placement opportunities the following summer.