College volunteers are currently undergraduate students, and these volunteers register prior to the beginning of each semester.

Summer college volunteer applications are no longer being accepted. Information about applying for autumn semester volunteering will be available in mid-July.

The application takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.  Please read through all of this information before applying to volunteer.

What Do You Need to Know Before Applying to Volunteer?

  • You must be 18 years old on or before April 24, 2017 to volunteer.
  • Volunteering for Summer Semester 2017 runs from Tuesday, May 30 through Friday, July 28.
  • College volunteers are required to volunteer for one three-hour block of time each week.
  • Be sure to know your class, work and extracurricular activity schedule so you can accurately list your availability for volunteering.
  • If you receive an assignment, you are required to attend a criminal background check and volunteer orientation on Sunday, May 21.
    • Background checks are conducted between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. by last name, or at 7 a.m. for those that cannot make their assigned time. Criminal background checks are performed in Wexner Medical Center ID Processing. If you receive a placement, you must bring the following items for the background check to be completed:
      • Your driver’s license (Buck ID is not accepted).
      • Your social security card, a copy of your social security card or an official university or governmental document that shows your full and complete social security number (SSN).  If you are an international student without a SSN, your student visa can be accepted. Please get these documents now to have ready should you receive a volunteer assignment.
    • Volunteer orientation will be held on Sunday, May 21 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Wexner Medical Center campus. This orientation is mandatory and there is not a make-up session. Do not apply if you cannot attend the volunteer orientation.
      • Some volunteer positions require additional position-specific training on Tuesday, May 23 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. or Wednesday, May 24, from 5 - 6:30 p.m. Please indicate on your application if you are available for one or both of these sessions. If you are available for these trainings it will increase the number of positions you can be considered for.
  • We have a particular need for volunteers who have a car and are willing to volunteer at off-site locations such as University Hospital East, CarePoint East and the Eye and Ear Institute. There is free parking at each location.
  • You are required to purchase a volunteer uniform ($22 plus tax).
  • While the majority of assignments are between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., there are shifts as early as 5 a.m. and as late as midnight.

Where do college students volunteer?

Volunteer assignments are with University Hospital, Ross Heart Hospital, OSU Harding Hospital, Dodd Rehab Hospital, University Hospital East and several ambulatory sites. All volunteer positions support Wexner Medical Center staff and typically interact with patients, families and visitors.  The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute has a separate college volunteer program.  You may only apply to one college volunteer program, not both.

How Do I Apply?

  • The online college application will be available on this page beginning on Monday, April 24 at 10 a.m. and will close on Tuesday, May 2 at 6 p.m.  
  • Be sure to complete all required fields before submitting.
  • Please list your availability as broadly as possible to give you a greater chance to receive an assignment. Volunteers who have greater availability and who have a car and are willing to volunteer off-campus are more likely to be placed. From your provided availability, we select one three hour shift that remains the same each week. 
  • If this is your third time applying, and you have not received a placement before, please let us know by checking the “applied twice and not received an assignment” box on the application.
  • You will be notified by email by noon on Friday, May 12, as to whether or not you received a placement for Summer Semester.  If you have an assignment, the email will contain information about next steps. If you did not receive a volunteer placement, you will receive an email letting you know.


Contact Jane Federer at 614-293-8361 with questions.

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